NEW BRAUNFELS, Tex. – Pirelli World Challenge newcomers Parker Chase and Performance Motorsports Group overcame adversity and executed with strong performance that included a fourth and third place finish last weekend in GTS Rounds 3 and 4 on the Streets of St. Petersburg.
Driver of the No. 19 Ginetta G55 GT4 Parker Chase, who just one week earlier earned his inaugural GTS podium in his debut race, had never raced on a street course prior to last weekend’s event on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Chase was unable to participate in the sole practice session due to a loose rear dif that kept the Performance Motorsports Group in the pits for the majority of the session. The team finished the repairs just before qualifying and Chase, turning his first laps of the weekend, threw down a competitive flyer lap of 1:20.237 placing him 6th on the grid.
In Round 3, Chase executed a brilliant start and drove a smart race. Chase battled with his competitors throughout the 50-minute race, ultimately taking the checkered flag in fourth position.
Chase started Round 4 in 6th but fell back to 13th place on the start. An early yellow flag allowed Chase to regroup and close the gap on his competitors which he took full advantage of. Chase kept his head down, stayed focused and began passing his competitors one at a time. With minutes left to race Chase overtook Lawson Ashenbach with a brilliant inside move in turn one which earned him a third place finish, his second in four races.
“I had a great weekend with Ginetta and Performance Motorsports Group,” said Chase. “It was my first street course race and I am very happy to have come away with a clean car and a podium finish. The PMG crew did a great job giving me a car that felt very consistent and reliable for both races this weekend. I want to thank Ginetta for the opportunity to drive their race car and I am really looking forward to Barber, I think I have a shot at a win there and that’s what I am going to try to do.”
The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama takes place April 22-24 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. For more information visit www.world-challenge.com
About Parker Chase
At age 15, Parker Chase will be one of the youngest drivers to compete in Pirelli World Challenge, piloting the No. 19 Ginetta G55 in the GTS class in select races. The Texas native started his career in 2010 racing go karts, and was later named the Texas Prokart Challenge Champion in the highly competitive Rotax Mini-Max category. In 2015, Chase made the transition to race cars, competing in the F1600 Formula F Championship Series in 2015. That year, the young racer earned his SCCA and NASA licenses, fully prepared for the 2016 season. In addition to competing in select races of the Pirelli World Challenge, this year Chase will also compete in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross Series and a partial season of the highly competitive IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series.