No. 2 qualifies seventh; No. 1 qualifies eighth
Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) took to the streets today in preparation of 100 minutes of wheel-to-wheel combat through the narrow, bumpy streets and unforgiving walls of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn Long Beach layout that plays host to the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase, round three of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
During Friday’s qualifying session Ryan Dalziel, co-driver of the No. 1 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD), was running strong laps at the start of the 15-minute qualifying session. On his fifth lap, the No. 1 machine lost drive and stopped on course which drew the red flag. Dalziel was towed back to the where the team determined a transmission component failure prevented Dalziel from completing the session. Per the IMSA rulebook, the No. 1 team lost its fastest lap for causing a red flag during qualifying, which made the car’s official qualifying lap a 1:17.833 (91.026 mph).
The No. 1 machine will start from the eighth position on the grid. Scott Sharp, defending prototype winner, is slated to drive the opening stint of Saturday’s race. Dalziel will drive second.
Johannes van Overbeek qualified the No. 2 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD). Van Overbeek ran a best lap of 1:17.129 (91.857 mph) which placed the No. 2 machine in the seventh position on the grid.
At the start of Saturday’s Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach, Ed Brown will be behind the wheel of the No. 2 machine and van Overbeek will drive the second stint.
The Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach on April 11-12 is the third race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Green flag for the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase is 6:05 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 12.
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