ESM Patrón Takes on FIA WEC LMP2 with COTA Entry

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. 

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.

“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,” stated owner/driver Scott Sharp. “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.
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.

“We’re bringing Tequila Patrón into another racing series,” added Ed Brown. “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.”
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 rules set by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). 

Adam Sinclair