New Braunfels, TX – Performance Motorsport Group and Ginetta Factory Recognized driver Parker Chase earned two top-ten place finishes in Pirelli World Challenge GTS Rounds 9 and 10 at Lime Rock Park last weekend.
Chase began the weekend showing great speed in the No. 19 Enertech Resources/Alta Towers Ginetta G55 GT4. A fast lap time of 56.129 seconds around the 1.4 mile track put Chase third on the grid for Round 9 on Friday, May 27. The 50-minute race began just hours after qualifying and Chase was ready to race. Unfortunately, issues with the car’s handling and high temperatures in the cockpit forced him to focus on fighting to keep the car clean rather than fighting for position. Chase crossed the finish line in seventh position.
Chase’s fast lap in Round 9 of 57.363 put him in fifth position on the starting grid for Sunday’s race. The race featured a standing start and Chase executed a perfect launch, rocketing to third position before the first turn. Chase was putting a nice gap between himself and fourth position when an early caution flag brought the field back together. With under 30 minutes on the clock the field went back to green flag racing and Chase was locked in a four car battle for the podium. Chase and fourth place Hugh Plumb made contact in Turn 1 after going door-to-door and Chase was given a drive-through penalty for the incident, sending him back to eighth position. Chase jumped up three spots to fourth position and was looking strong when a late race caution flag halted his progress. The race was ended under yellow with Chase in fifth position.
“It was a difficult weekend,” said Chase. “It is a little disappointing to not make the podium after the car was so strong in the early sessions but that’s the way it goes sometimes. Friday the car’s handling just went off after a few laps, I think we missed a little on the setup there. Saturday we had the setup figured out and I was battling for the lead when my competitor and I found each other in Turn 1 and I had to serve a penalty for the contact. At the end of the day, two top-ten finishes and a clean car is nothing to be upset about in the big picture. I want to thank my sponsors Enertech Resources and Alta Towers, Performance Motorsports Group and Ginetta Cars.”
Chase has little time to rest as he heads to Dallas, TX for his Red Bull Global Rallycross debut with PMG Rallysport in the No. 19 Enertech Resources/Alta Towers GRC Lites car.
Watch GTS Rounds 9 and 10 on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, June 9 at 8:00 PM EST.
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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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