DALLAS – Park Place Motorsports is expanding into customer racing and has brought on team manager and strategist Mike Johnson to orchestrate the new program as Director of Race Operations.
Johnson will oversee Park Place Porsche and Park Place Motorsports’ plan to further the client relationship by creating a customer program. The program is designed to elevate racecraft and sport for those new to racing or pursuing racing as a specialty. Park Place will also expand its development program, working in coordination with Porsche Motorsport North America to showcase the upcoming talent and develop professional racing careers.
Johnson has a prolific history in motorsport that includes 40 wins in the Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series, 16 wins in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (Michelin Pilot Challenge), seven wins in the American Le Mans Series and one win thus far in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In his running tally of accomplishments Johnson has collected both pinnacle endurance wins; a win at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Alongside his 64 race wins Johnson has six championships to his name. Those championships include the 2000 and 2001 Grand-Am LMP2 Driver and Team Championship with his team Archangel Motorsports, 2004 Grand Am SGS Driver and Team Championship with TPC Racing, 2005 Grand Am GT Team Championship with The Racers Group, 2013 Grand Am NAEC GT Driver and Team Championship with Stevenson Motorsports and the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS Driver and Team Championship with Stevenson Motorsports.
“I am very excited to be joining Park Place Motorsports as they start the next chapter in their long history,” Johnson said. “Patrick is one of the true class acts in the IMSA paddock, and I am happy to help him grow the new Park Place enterprise. He has some pretty big plans for the future of his team and partners; I just hope I can keep up.”
Johnson formerly worked with Volt Racing in the newly renamed Michelin Pilot Challenge while also acting as the strategist for Park Place Motorsports. During the 2018 season, Johnson was at the helm of the Park Place GT3 R running in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series and the No. 71 Porsche GT3 Cup running Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.