New Braunfels, TX – Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group continued their streak of strong Pirelli World Challenge GTS performances last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with tenth and second place finishes in the No. 19 Enertech Resources / Alta Towers Ginetta G55 GT4.
The team’s race weekend began Thursday, May 19 with testing sessions on the 2.5 mile course in Bowmanville, Ontario that allows a GT4 car to carry speeds as high as 145 miles per hour. Chase and the PMG team were both new to the circuit and took the test sessions to familiarize themselves with the nuances of the high speed course. CTMP is a course that favors cars with high amounts of horsepower and torque due to the need to drag race down the long straightaways for position. Both driver and team knew the weekend would bring challenges for their nimble Ginetta that favors momentum and cornering.
Qualifying on Friday, May 20 brought challenges for the Texas-based team and the Ginetta G55 GT4 proved to be lacking in top-end speed compared to its high horsepower competition. Chase qualified the No. 19 in fourteenth position on the starting grid. Although lower on the charts than desired, Chase was only 1.5 seconds off of the pole position, so he felt he could be competitive during a long green flag run in Round 7.
Patience was essential in Round 7 and lap after lap Chase studied his competition to identify and capitalize on their weaknesses. After 50 minutes of battling the competition Chase had advanced four positions, crossing the line in tenth place with a ninth place qualifying time.
“I felt a lot better about the course after Round 7,” said Chase. “It was my first time running at CTMP and it’s a tricky course that takes some getting used to. I wasn’t thrilled with my performance in Round 7 but I wasn’t upset either, I felt it was a good learning race and I knew I would be able to charge harder in Round 8.”
Round 8 featured a standing start which Chase and the Ginetta enjoy. Chase picked up an impressive six positions with a great launch and was third by turn two. The race, unfortunately, did not stay green for long and racing incidents brought multiple long caution flags that consumed much of the race time. When the race went green for the final time there were six minutes on the clock and Chase was in fourth position. Getting up on the wheel, Chase pushed the Ginetta G55 GT4 as hard as he could, overtaking two competitors and crossing the finish line in second position.
“Round 8 was awesome,” said Chase. “The cautions helped me regroup and focus on getting the job done. It’s unfortunate that there was so much carnage in the field but I am glad everyone walked away from their crashes. For me, when we went back to green with a few minutes left I knew I could push the car as hard as I wanted because our Pirelli PZero tires were still fresh. I wanted to deliver another podium to my team, Ginetta and sponsors Enertech Resources and Alta Towers to justify our reasoning for deciding to miss the first Red Bull Global Rallycross event. Needless to say, I am glad we chose to be in Canada and I’m looking forward to attacking Lime Rock Park next weekend with full force.”
Watch Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, June 2 at 8:00pm ET.
Next stop on the GTS calendar is Lime Rock Park this weekend, May 27-28, for Rounds 8 and 9. For scheduling and information visit www.world-challenge.com.
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About Parker Chase
At fifteen years old Parker Chase is the youngest podium finisher in the history of the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class. The young Texan’s career began with karting in 2010 where he raced to become the Texas Prokart Challenge Champion in the Rotax Mini-Max category. In 2015 Chase made the transition to race cars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series with considerable success. In 2016 Chase was signed with Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars to race a Ginetta G55 GT4 in the Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship as a Ginetta Factory Recognized Driver. In addition to his full season Pirelli World Challenge drive, Chase will compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross Lites with Performance Rallysport and select races in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series.
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