Road Atlanta, GA | April 21, 2013| The Godstone Ranch/AHA Heart Car with Park Place Motorsports captured the team's first Rolex Top 10 finish at Grand-Am's long awaited return to Road Atlanta Saturday. Due in no small part to the solid car prep by John Horton's Park Place crew, the 71 Heart Car performed flawlessly over the 2:45 minute race, nearly all under green flag conditions.
Gridded tenth after rain washed out qualifying, John McCutchen II started and maintained that position during his 45 minute stint. The Heart car pitted under green flag conditions. Jason Hart took the reins and drove a marathon two hour green flag non-stop stint over the tough Road Atlanta circuit. “It was great to be back in the Hands-Only CPR “Heart Car” with my co-driver John McCutchen. We had a solid run, finishing 10th and the team performed flawlessly. It is always a joy to drive a Porsche at Road Atlanta, I couldn’t be happier” were Jason Hart’s words after the big race., said Jason Hart. “The Park place crew impressed me more than in any recent race experience. Our car, like the 73 performed flawlessly and could have easily been on the podium too! All of us at Godstone and the AHA look forward to our next outing”. McCutchen added: “We are looking forward to seeing [the PSA] run the rest of the season beginning in Detroit. Hey, big thanks to Calvin Fish of SPEED TV for doing the on camera narration”
Godstone's sister car, the #73 Park Place Porsche reached the second step of the podium for another "first" on the weekend! Solid strategy, amazing pit stops and excellent driving moved the 73 car within striking position throughout the two and a half hour green flag sprint to the end. When Long pitted for the last time with 40 minutes remaining he left pit road in fourth place and ready to pounce. The Brumos Porsche of Leh Keen was next in line and Long had to work hard to find a way around the determined 59 car. “I used a DP as a pick into turn one, backing up the corner, and we ended up going three wide into turn two with a GX Mazda. I made the pass stick on the inside to turn 3”, explained Long. Pressing on to the back of the Ferrari, Long somehow managed to squeeze past in the most treacherous part of the track, the entrance to turn 12; “It’s a place that I’ve never considered as a real passing zone, but with the amount of tire wear [Balzan] had to contend with, it was a chance to put the hard decision on his shoulders as I came up beside him in eleven”. With only two more times around the circuit to go the 57 Camaro of Robin Liddell would elude the 73, but the team was ecstatic to come back to Dallas with a 2nd place finish. Long added “We’re running against some strong competitors; it’s a good barometer that we’re going in the right direction as a group”.
The team took this weekend to film our upcoming PSA. Hollywood's premier motorsports film production company, Bandito Brothers, with Sweatpants Production and Greg Tracy's My Life at Speed, set up around the race track, to capture the tension and excitement of race day. The PSA features SPEED TV anchor and Grand-Am's host, Calvin Fish, who urges viewers to learn Hands Only CPR. The American Heart Association's, Kate Lino, was on hand to oversee the production content to ensure the HOCPR core message will resonate with the home TV audience.
Many thanks to our newest sponsors, Amsource Capital, Upstream Engineering and PRS Guitars for adding to our long list of sponsors supporting the Heart Car's mission.
Godstone Ranch is a proud supporter of the American Heart Association's Hands-Only CPR campaign.