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Posted by: newsla on Aug 09, 2014 - 07:10 AM
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ESM Patron Takes on FIA WEC LMP2 with COTA Entry


First IMSA, then the World. Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) will take on some of the world’s best racers in next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) round at the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Tex.

 

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During the Lone Star Le Mans weekend – Sept. 19 and 20 – the Florida-based team will compete in both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race and the FIA WEC Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas.

Continuing its success in the IMSA championship race, ESM’s TUDOR Championship entry, the No. 2 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b, will be driven by
Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek. That race will take place at 11:35 a.m. CT on Saturday the 20th.

But it’s Saturday night that will hold the global fight, with Scott Sharp, Brown and Ryan Dalziel co-driving the flagship No. 1 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b in the Six Hours of Circuit of the Americas WEC race.

Becoming a global contender with approximately one month to prepare is not going to be easy for ESM, as the team will need to make several modifications to the No. 1 entry that currently runs in the TUDOR Championship. The team will run on different tires, a smaller restrictor, modify the aerodynamics and install a different electronics package to comply with the r set by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).

SCOTT SHARP
“This is exciting for ESM and Tequila Patrón to get a feel and a taste for the WEC and the one-off race at COTA. This will be exciting for us to compete against other P2 cars from around the world and in a different series. The No. 1 car is pretty much out of the TUDOR points and the No. 2 car is a little bit closer, the timing worked out well for us to compete in the WEC race and we want to see how we compete against some of the best sports car racers in the world. This will be a good experience for us; a good way to test the waters.

“We are 100 percent focused on the No. 2 car in the TUDOR Championship and get them as far up in the points as we can.”

ED BROWN
“We’re excited to run a WEC race to see what that series is about. The WEC has grown leaps and bounds in the last year with some of the top manufacturers, drivers and teams are racing there. We want to go and take our ESM Tequila Patrón HPD P2 car there and see what it does against the WEC drivers. We couldn’t think of a better place than Austin, Texas, where I went to school and we know the track well. We’re really excited.

“We’re bringing Tequila Patrón into another racing series. It gives us more exposure and more fans. I’m doing a double-header there in the No. 2 car in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the No. 1 car in the WEC. It will be a great weekend. We’re looking forward to it.”

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