September 20, 2014

ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth for TUDOR Championship Lone Star Le Mans

Austin, TX – Sept. 19, 2014 – Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) was fifth quickest in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying session during the Lone Star Le Mans weekend at Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

Johannes van Overbeek, co-driver of the No. 2 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) set a lap of 1:59.074 (102.793 mph) on the 3.427-mile, 20-turn permanent road course. The No. 2 machine will start fifth in Prototype class for Saturday afternoon’s race.

Ed Brown and van Overbeek share driving duties in the No. 2 machine. Brown will compete in the opening segment of the two-hour, 45-minute race, and van Overbeek will drive second.

Immediately following the TUDOR Championship race, Brown will co-drive with Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel in the No. 30 Tequila Patrón HPD during the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC).

The Lone Star Le Mans is the tenth race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Green flag drops at 11:35 a.m. CT on Saturday, Sept 20. Television coverage of the Lone Star Le Mans starts at 11:30 a.m. CT on FOX Sports 2.

 

Johannes van Overbeek

“I’m satisfied but not thrilled with qualifying. The car was pretty good. Our lead engineer, Jim ‘Chachi’ Malicki, has been consistently improving the car. The ESM Tequila Patrón crew have been working non-stop this week.

“We had to come in early for a stop and go penalty. The last two laps there was some moisture on the track and we were on the dry tires. When it gets rain slick and you’re putting everything into a lap, a wet slick track, it makes a difference.

“We’ve been fast all weekend. We know the car is good; we just need to put all the pieces together for a solid race.

“We need to keep an eye on the weather and that will play a role in strategy. But weather will be a factor for everybody. We just need to adapt, make good decisions and race clean. If we do that and hit all our marks, we’ll be there at the end of the race.

“I’m really pulling to get Ed his first of two podiums tomorrow. My six-year-old son, Taylor, said he wanted a trophy for his birthday and his birthday was Thursday.”

 

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