Just days away from the start of the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, Park Place Motorsports has confirmed the addition of Nelson Canache to the driver lineup. Replacing driver David Ducote who had to withdraw due to a conflict, the Venezuelan will join drivers Patrick Lindsey, Dr. Jim Norman, Spencer Pumpelly and Kévin Estre.
“It’s great to have Nelson join the team,” stated Patrick Lindsey, owner and co-driver of Park Place Motorsports. “We’ve driven against each other over the years, and he’s always showed an impressive level of patience and speed, so to have him for Daytona will be a great addition.” Canache is a proven entity within the TUDOR paddock. In 2013, Canache along with teammate Dr. Jim Norman, took victory at Daytona in the upstart GX class. Beyond his experience at Daytona, his credits include 2014 Mexico Touring Car Champion and 2013 ALMS Rookie of the Year. Canache and teammate Spencer Pumpelly took multiple victories together in the former American Le Mans Series, reuniting once again for this year’s race. Nelson will also continue his long-running association with his home country of Venezuela, once again carrying the country’s colors on the car."I'm excited about this new chapter with Park Place Motorsports," Canache said. "I've been fortunate to have raced with Dr. Jim Norman and Spencer Pumpelly at Daytona in 2013 and 2014 with great results. Patrick Lindsey has always showed reliable, great pace, and the well-known Kévin Estre, I have nothing but confidence in their abilities. It's great to be back in the Rolex 24 with such a strong driver lineup and a great team like Park Place Motorsports, with the Porsche GT America."Similarly, the team has also confirmed Pumpelly as the season-long teammate to Patrick Lindsey, with the Georgia resident returning to his roots in a Porsche where he’s achieved two previous Daytona wins.“It feels really good to be back in a Porsche with Park Place,” Pumpelly said. “It’s very familiar and even though the car’s changed since I drove it last, the basics are pretty much the same; the rear engine, the driving position, the way the car handles, brakes, shifts, it’s all very Porsche-like. I feel very comfortable in it."Practice for the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona begins today, with the 24-hour classic beginning this Saturday, January 24 at 2:00 PM on FOX Sports.