Extreme Speed Motorsports press release
EXTREME SPEED QUALIFIES 11th FOR DAYTONA FERRARI DEBUT
DAYTONA, FL, Thursday, January 26: Extreme Speed Motorsports completed a solid qualifying assault for the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona today with Johannes van Overbeek just missing the top ten by recording the 11th fastest GT time for the famous Florida round-the-clock enduro.
The Californian was confident of breaking into the 1 minute, 49 second bracket but the #03 Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am picked up understeer in the session - coming close at 1:50.197 for the 3.560 mile Daytona road course.
The Patrón Tequila ESM team originally qualified 12th fastest but gained a spot when the #62 Risi Ferrari was put to the back of the field after qualifying for a ride height infringement.
van Overbeek, Ed Brown and Scott Sharp all completed laps aboard the Patrón machine during the day, but Guy Cosmo will now get his first track time this evening after the team had to return to the paddock to repair a gearbox oil leak during the morning session.
"I think we are still in very good shape for the race. In a 24 hour race, qualifying is really not that significant and it all goes away in the first lap.
"You have 24 more hours to get it sorted out. I think we have progressed very well with the set-up and completed a lot of miles on full tanks.
"Our focus is certainly is on the race set-up. We wanted to be in the top 1/4 of the GT field to hopefully get away from any potential issues on the start and we achieved that.
"We will just continue to stay out of trouble. Night practice tonight, minimal running tomorrow and then the green flag on Saturday."
Johannes van Overbeek
"The good news is we have a very good car for the Rolex 24 on Saturday, the bad news is we just couldn't quite get the time out the car during qualifying today.
"We picked up some high speed understeer during the session. He had to make a last minute change before qualifying which probably caused it.
"A little frustrating but you have to look at the big picture, but we have a long race ahead of us on Saturday and Sunday.
"People have won from the pole and they have won from the back of the pack. So much can happen during the race - we just have to keep our nose clean and we will be in good shape."
"I'm looking forward to getting some laps tonight but I don't think it is going to be that different from the daytime because this place is lit very well.
"I didn't get a lot of time in the car today because we had a little mechanical headache in the first session, so it will be good to get some more miles tonight.
"We're planning to not do too many miles tomorrow if we can. This track is really quite simple to learn so I feel I certainly know my way around already.
"I am really looking forward to the race. We are right where we want to be with a nice easy car to drive under race conditions."
"I was supposed to get in the earlier today, but I'll get the chance to get some miles tonight.
"I'm not too worried because we really are ready to race. We know what we have to do finish well.
"I suppose we would have liked to qualify a little faster but it is so competitive and the conditions are always changing.
"Johannes is as fast as anybody out there but the conditions are always changing and we didn't quite have the package to put the Ferrari right to the front.
"I think we will be really quick during the race and we'll be ready to go."