PARTNER TRADE: French Pairs with Local Boulle for Lone Star Le Mans 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Performance Tech Motorsports and the No. 38 NeuroSpine Institute Prototype Challenge welcomes  driver Nick Boulle, 27, from Dallas, Texas.

Boulle is filling in for Kyle Marcelli due to a conflicting event. Boulle’s most recent experience in the PC car was with PR1 Mathiasen in the Rolex 24 At Daytona where the team finished second. COTA is his home track but this will be his first Lone Star Le Mans.
 
He has plenty experience on the course after offering up coaching help for drivers running in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and other events. Boulle was vying for a ride in the Lone Star Le Mans when he was connected with Team Principal Brent O’Neill through driver James French. Boulle’s deal was made possible by partners through De Boulle Jewelry, the company has created a lifestyle experience around racing by bringing clientele to the track to partake in the fun and excitement.

With Boulle in tow, the team will hope to replicate success at Circuit of the Americas as they continue their hunt in the team points championship.
 
Performance Tech had over a month’s worth of time off since its last Weather Tech SportsCar Championship race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. French landed the team’s first pole of the season at his home track, Road America. Together French and teammate Marcelli drove the No. 38 NeuroSpine Institute Prototype Challenge home to a third place finish, Performance Tech’s fourth podium this year.
 
Performance Tech will take to task the 3.41-mile, 20-turn course and aim to continue podium success at COTA. Performance Tech enters the weekend with confidence in its knowledge of the track. In 2015 the team garnered a third place finish after nearly missing out on a pole position.
 
The penultimate race will undoubtedly bring drama to Austin, Texas. With each of the top teams wanting to further their points lead in the team championship standings. French and Marcelli have consistently performed throughout the season and in doing so have maneuvered the team to fourth place in the PC team points championship. The team sits just two-points outside of third place and 20- points behind second.
 
“This race we’ll have two silvers in the car so that will give us a lot of options in strategy to play with,” O’Neill said. “That’ll be a little different than we’re used to, but it should work in our favor. James and Nick were already friends so there won’t be a problem there. We really look forward to the race. We had a good car at COTA last year and I think we’ll have a better car this year. I think we’ll have a good race.”                      
 
The race weekend starts deep in the heart of Texas Wednesday, September 14. Qualifying will take place Friday, September 16 with the GT Daytona class beginning the session at 4:45 p.m. ET. The PC class will qualify at 5:35 p.m. The Lone Star Le Mans takes place Saturday, September 17 at 12:35 p.m. Fans can watch the race live on FOX Sports 2 or steam it on IMSA.tv. 

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