EXTREME SPEED MOTORSPORTS EYES TURNAROUND IN MONTEREY AT MAZDA RACEWAY
Stuart, FL, September 15, 2011 -Extreme Speed Motorsports is eager to put their struggles in Baltimore behind them as they head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the six hour penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series Championship - Presented by Tequila Patrón championship. The venue could hardly be better for a turnaround; ESM finished a strong fifth at the renowned Monterey circuit in their maiden ALMS season one year ago.
The Baltimore weekend was a frustrating one for the Tequila Patrón supported outfit. Transmission problems hampered both cars' progress all weekend long, resulting in lost practice time and a disappointing qualifying effort.
Gearbox related problems slowed the #02 Ferrari F458 Italia again on race day, while the sister #01 machine's progress was waylaid by early contact with the wall. Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek brought the #01 home to a ninth place finish in class, while Ed Brown and Guy Cosmo soldiered on to a 10th place result in the #02.
With an off week to correct the mechanical problems in between the Baltimore Grand Prix and this weekend's ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey presented by Patrón, the team is confident for a stronger finish.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has long been a favorite of both the ALMS paddock as well as the fans who flock to it annually. The circuit is fast and flowing and featuring 180 feet of elevation change from highest point to lowest. The 11 turn, 2.238 layout dates back to 1957, and a history of world-class sports car racing in the region precedes its construction by a further seven years. The world famous eighth turn, known as 'The Corkscrew' for its quick left/right layout and rapid 59 foot descent from corner entry to exit, has challenged racers since its inception.
Because of its challenges, drivers have come to love racing at Laguna Seca.
"We were very fast last year at Laguna Seca-setting the fastest race lap in the Patron Ferrari," said owner/driver Scott Sharp. "This year ESM, Ferrari, Michelin and the drivers will bringing their best to Laguna Seca. I will fight for a result until the checkered flag falls on Saturday evening. I'd love to get a win on my youngest son's birthday."