STUART, FL – April 9, 2012 – When all four Tequila Patrón-sponsored Extreme Speed Motorsport drivers claim a race track is their favorite on the circuit, it should be an exciting weekend for the Florida-based team.
The Extreme Speed Motorsports team heads into the second event of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón schedule and the first street circuit of the season for this weekend’s Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach on April 13-14.
Piloting the No. 01 Ferrari this weekend are Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek. Guy Cosmo returns to his regular seat in the No. 02 Ferrari, with co-driver Ed Brown.
The past two years, both ESM cars have finished in the top 10, but this year, the pair of black and green Ferrari Italia 458s are looking for their first podium finishes of the 2012 season.
Extreme Speed Motorsports driver/owner Scott Sharp has a podium finish at Long Beach to his credit, but the second-generation driver is bringing his team, based on the coast of Florida, to the California coast with one thing in mind – a win.
For the last several years, Tequila Patrón will appear in three prominent places at the Long Beach event – on the ESM Ferraris, the title of the event and the presenting sponsor of the American Le Mans Series
The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series race at Long Beach is a two-day event. The team will take to the track for two practice sessions on Friday, April 13, followed by qualifying at 5:20pm (PST). Green flag for the race is on Saturday, April 14, at 4:30pm (PST).
“I’m super excited to get back to Long Beach, but I love street circuits because they are intense and aggressive, have tight corners and single grooves. I think Long Beach is a very eminent race – it has a rich heritage, it is the longest running street circuit and it always just provides such great battles. I’ve always done pretty well at Long Beach, and we as a team, we are continuing to improve. I think we’re all excited to go to each and every race we can get to, and Long Beach is the next one.”
“Patrón has been a sponsor of the race for several years now. Southern California is a key market for Tequila Patrón. I think we’re really close to winning our first race and if we can do it out at Long Beach at a Patrón-sponsored event, in a great market for them, it really couldn’t get any better than that.”
Johannes van Overbeek
“I love Long Beach. It is America’s Monaco. It is an event that is very California. The weather is normally great, there’s a very diverse crowd and the race has such history and such a presence in Southern California that is just great to be a part of it.”
“I love racing on street courses and it requires that you truly drive within the boundaries of the track because the boundaries are unmovable and will do serious damage to a car. Whereas the permanent road course the boundaries have a little bit more gray areas. You can drop a wheel off in the dirt, you could drop two wheels off in the dirt and not having anything happen. A street course requires complete concentration, complete commitment and a little bit of extra caution that isn’t required on most permanent road courses. You have to be very precise in your inputs because there is literally room for error.”
“Long Beach should be a great weekend for us. It is the Patrón sponsored race, my friends and family will be there cheering for the team, plus it is my birthday on Saturday.”
“I really enjoyed racing at Long Beach there last year and I’m eager to get back and see what we can do this year. Guy is back in the car with me and between the two of us, I think we’ll have a solid performance. We’re looking to do well at the track because we all like the circuit, plus it would be fitting to have at least one of the Patrón cars on the podium, if not both.”
“We’re going from one of the longest timed races in the series to probably one of the shortest. Whether we’re racing 12 hours or two hours, we have the same mentality, strategy and preparation. We have to do the best we can in the time allowed. We need to take every chance we can get to get to the front without jeopardizing the result. We’re focused on putting our best effort on the track, no matter what. Hopefully, the results come after that. We’re prepared and ready to go. We just need to get on track and see how the times look after the practices and qualifying.”
“Long Beach is one of my favorite events on the calendar. It is an incredible event with lots of electricity, lots of energy and the fans absolutely love it. It is really well attended and it’s just a great, it is a great show for all the spectators and it is a great race. This race is a shortened format that’s only two hours. It really makes your pit strategy really important and the racing is stellar. The course is challenging. It is tight, the walls are not forgiving in any way and you really have to charge. It’s just an all-out sprint for two hours, that’s what we like to call ‘maximum attack.’
“Plus I’m back in the 02 for Long Beach – home sweet home, for me. Ed was kind enough to let me race in the 01 at Sebring but definitely wants me back, and I’m looking forward to being back with him. Ed drove really, really well at Long Beach last year. It was probably his best performance ever. It is a track that he is very comfortable around and really looking forward to going to this year. I’m very optimistic about our chances for this weekend.”
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