LONG BEACH, Calif. – A short two months after transitioning into the purpose-built Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b racing machines, Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) earned its first P2 victory and first team 1-2 finish today.
The 1-2 result was the first in ESM history, Guy Cosmo earned his first ESM win while Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek scored their first ALMS P2 podium finish. The quick two-hour sprint race was a challenging yet manageable task for the Florida-based sports car team. Guy Cosmo started the race for the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD from the second position.
Within 15 minutes of the green flag, Cosmo had taken the lead in the P2 class. Shortly after the 40 minute mark and during the first caution period of the race, the No. 01 team radioed for Cosmo make a full pit stop including the driver change.
During a yellow flag pit stop, Scott Sharp climbed aboard the No. 01 machine and had an issue with the car re-starting. A slight delay in the pits, followed by some quick thinking and Sharp was able to re-fire the car and return to the race.
Sharp completed two laps before the caution flag was shown for the second time in the race. Based on the team’s fuel calculations, the No. 01 machine needed to save fuel or pit a second time in order to make it to the checkered flag. Sharp pitted for a splash of fuel, which was enough to ensure the HPD entry would reach the end of the race and claim victory.
Ed Brown had a strong opening stint in the No. 02 Tequila Patrón HPD. Brown started the race in fourth and gained a position before turning the car over to co-driver Johannes van Overbeek, just after the 40 minute mark in the race.
During his stint, van Overbeek worked his way from third to first and led the P2 class at one point, but when the checked flag flew, the No. 02 crossed the finish line in second place, just behind the No. 01.
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