2019 de Boulle Magazine


Texas-based Randy Johnson teamed up with Nick Boulle of de Boulle Motorsports to co- drive in the Johnson Equipment Company Pescarolo LMP1 rac- ing car around the steep banks of Daytona International Speed- way, in what is known as the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona. The race takes place over 24 hours — just as the name says — and involves cars racing for one hour during every six hours that pass. … The Pescarolo is aston- ishingly fast, with its 720-horse- power Judd V-10 engine that revs to more than 9,000 rpm. At Daytona, the drivers can top out at 202 mph. … Boulle start- ed race No. 1 for the team and was able to move the car up one position during the hour-long race, to finish in second place. … Johnson took the wheel for race No. 2 and drove the car to a strong finish. … Boulle started race No. 3 and not only set the fastest lap of the field but also cruised to a win, with Andy Wallace in chase in an Audi R8 LMP1. … In race No. 4, Boulle took the hole shot, thanks to a perfectly timed start. Boulle had the task of reeling in time lost overnight — a mere but import- ant 58 seconds — to the Audi. In the end, the Boulle-Johnson team lost too much time and the team’s car rolled across the line in second place. DAYTONA, FLORIDA — JANUARY 2019 At the Rolex 24 Hours of Dayto- na, Park PlaceMotorsports faced off against some of the strongest lineups ever seen at the famed endurance race — superstar drivers such as Fernando Alon- so, Juan Pablo Montoya, Gra- ham Rahal, Christian Fittipaldi, Simon Pagenaud and Rubens Barrichello. Notably, a driver synonymous with Porsche and racing, the American Patrick Long, was a part of the Park Place Motorsports team. … The Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R, labeled No. 73, would be pi- loted by Boulle, team principal Patrick Lindsey, Porsche facto- ry ace Patrick Long and the Le

Mans–winning Matt Camp- bell. … The team ran strong throughout the grueling 24- hour race. … In what would certainly be one of Boulle’s most memorable stints of the year, he moved the car up one position, during pit stops, be- fore running for two hours in second place. … Despite rain and stiff competition, Long, Lindsey, Campbell and Boul- le eventually made up ground and got back on to the lead lap. … In a bid to gain track position and to fill the fuel tanks in preparation for later in the race, the team made a strategic mistake: pit-stop- ping from first place. When they rejoined the field, they were in seventh position. … The rain-soaked race was called early — after 23 hours and 50 minutes — giving the Park Place Motorsports driv- ers no chance to use their strong pace in the wet to move

its. … The No. 73 Porsche GT3 R would be fielded once again by Boulle, Lindsey and Long, in what was easily the most hotly contested class in the field: GTD. … Rain arrived on the morning of the race, making for a slippery track. The field was started under yellow conditions for seven laps. … Once the green flag dropped, the wet conditions worked in Boulle’s and the Porsche’s favor, with gains in time and position. After about two hours in the car, Boulle handed the car over to Long, but an electrical issue reared its head. Running without traction control was a tempo- rary solution. … The drivers continued to push, staying in the top 10 and on the lead lap. … Eventually, with only two laps left to make an improve- ment, Long managed to gain four full spots, thanks in part to a late move down the inside into the final corner, though two cars ahead pushed hard to keep the others behind them. The team finished in the sixth position. STAVELOT, BELGIUM — MAY 2019 de Boulle Motorsports part- nered with Larbre Compéti- tion to compete in the Total 6


back into the top spot. SEBRING, FLORIDA — MARCH 2019


The 12 Hours of Sebring is one of the most demanding endurance races in the world, on a circuit known for its bumpy, dark and treacherous blind corners that push driv- ers and machines to their lim-

he 2019 racing season was packed with highs and lows — not only for the de Boulle Motorsports team, but also for its partners and fans. It became the team’s most action-packed season yet since its debut on the North American karting scene, in 2004. With races across the United States and Europe, the scale of the events and the sheer excitement of it will remain unforgettable for everyone involved. Here, some 200-mile- per-hour highlights.

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