Mixed results as No. 02 HPD prototype suffers fire
Alton, VA – Oct. 5, 2013 – Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) had a rollercoaster day at Virginia International Raceway – that ride culminated with a satisfying second place finish and disappointing fourth place finish caused by a fire that ended the day for the Tequila Patrón-sponsored prototype No. 02 car.
From the fourth position in the P2 class, Anthony Lazzaro, co-driver of the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b, battled traffic in the opening moments of the race. Lazzaro pitted for fuel during the first full course caution of the race, just 21 minutes into the two-hour, 45-minute event. A brief 21 minutes later, Lazzaro charged to the lead of the P2 class. He would lead the class for the balance of his stint, another 30 minutes, before turning the car over to co-driver Scott Sharp.
Sharp battled traffic through his entire stint and managed to maintain the class lead for 20 minutes. He was shuffled back in the P2 class during yellow flag pit stops. Sharp was running in second place for the balance of his stint, unable to catch eventual P2 class winner Ryan Briscoe because of race traffic.
Ed Brown, co-driver of No. 02 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b, began the race from the third position in the P2 field. Brown reached a race-high position of second place in the P2 class through his entire 61-minute stint.
Brown brought the No. 02 machine to pit lane for the scheduled stop including fuel, tires and driver change. During the pit stop, there was a small fuel spillage during refueling which caused a fire. Van Overbeek was inside the cockpit during the incident and quickly exited the race car. The team quickly extinguished the fire, and then van Overbeek climbed back aboard and attempted to rejoin the race.
On his out lap, van Overbeek radioed the crew and informed them he was experiencing issues with the throttle. With assistance, van Overbeek brought the car back to the Tequila Patrón paddock area where team engineers inspected race car. Upon further review, the team confirmed the fire ignited under the engine cover and melted the wiring. The No. 02 officially retired from the race after one hour and 36-minutes were completed. Brown and van Overbeek were listed fourth in the P2 finishing order.
Next up for the Extreme Speed Motorsports is the season finale Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 16-19.
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