LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 6, 2013) – The Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) team’s dreams of victory at this weekend’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park were snatched from its grasp after being spun out of the P2 class lead in the final minutes of today’s American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón race.

The No. 01 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b was the class of the P2 field. Scott Sharp started the two-hour, 45-minute race from the fourth position on the grid. Within the first 30 minutes, Sharp logged some of the fastest times of the class. He reached his race-high of second and maintained that position for the rest of his stint before turning the wheel over to co-driver Guy Cosmo.

Moments after climbing into the race car, Cosmo took the P2 lead. He then extended his advantage in the class by six seconds and was running second overall. With less than 15 minutes in the race, the second full course caution flag flew due to another class competitor running off course.

#01 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b: Scott Sharp, Guy Cosmo -  #02 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b: Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek
#01 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b: Scott Sharp, Guy Cosmo - #02 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b: Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek

Photo by: Jackie Buys

Racing went back to green with five laps left. As the countdown clock reached four minutes, the P2 Level 5 Motorsports entry of Ryan Briscoe hit Cosmo from behind after the Uphill Chicane. Cosmo was knocked out of the race lead, spun off track and received damage to the rear of the Tequila Patrón-racing machine. Cosmo limped the damaged race car to the finish line in second place.

The No. 02 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b finished Saturday’s event in fourth place. Ed Brown started from the fourth place on the grid for the No. 02 team where he battled the traffic en route to some of his fastest P2 laps of the season. Brown drove the first half of the race before turning the race car over to co-driver Johannes van Overbeek.

During his stint, van Overbeek regained some track position and made progress in his first P2 race at Lime Rock Park.

At the conclusion of the race, ALMS officials charged the Level 5 Briscoe/Scott Tucker P2 entry with a penalty for avoidable contact. The No. 01 drivers of Sharp and Cosmo were listed as the second place race finishers but were awarded maximum points for the event.

Next up for the Extreme Speed Motorsports team is the Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 19-21.

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