Johannes van Overbeek will celebrate his 100th ALMS race start this weekend when he lines up alongside ESM team owner Scott Sharp aboard the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Ferrari Italia 458.
The weekend’s event at the former home of the Canadian Grand Prix is the fastest circuit on the series calendar. ESM now eagerly heads north for the fifth round of the 2012 season and the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.
The team’s No. 02 Ferrari has undergone a huge rebuild since the previous ALMS event earlier this month at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park when Guy Cosmo was forced off the track late in the race. Both Cosmo (who co-drives with Ed Brown) and van Overbeek took turns in the race lead at 1.5-mile venue.
ESM’s Johannes van Overbeek is bringing is own momentum to Canada in his third year with the team. van Overbeek thinks his 100th start is the perfect opportunity for ESM to score their first team win. Piloting the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Ferrari, van Overbeek looks to repeat the success that co-driver Sharp experienced in 2009 – a win aboard the Tequila Patrón-sponsored Acura LMP2 race car.
Back from repair, the No. 02 Tequila Patrón Ferrari, crew and drivers Brown and Cosmo are looking to take back what was theirs in Lime Rock – a podium finish. The No. 02 car led laps and was abruptly taken out of contention late in the race, but Brown and Cosmo look to come back even stronger this weekend. Cosmo made quick work of the competition in Lime Rock and Brown posted some of his best lap times of the season.
Practice for the 2012 Mobil 1 Presents the Grand Prix of Mosport begins on Friday afternoon, July 20. On Saturday, July 21, the team will participate in two additional practice sessions. Qualifying is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. (ET) and can be viewed on ESPN3 and ALMS.com.
"One track that definitely raises my heart rate significantly is Mosport. It is one of my favorite tracks. It is so unique - there just aren't tracks left anymore like it! Super-fast, daunting, edgy, risk taking.....exciting!
“I've had great success in almost every car I've driven there. Combine all of the positive work that the Tequila Patrón ESM team has been doing for the last two months along with the fast corners being ideal for the Ferrari and I expect a tremendous weekend for both of our 458's.”
Johannes van Overbeek
“Scott and I have always run well at Mosport. After all of the hard work that ESM/Patrón has put into our program we're starting to get a handle on what the 458 likes.
“We've had good consistency this year and have led all but one race. However, at Mosport I'm looking forward to leading it at the end!
“A good result in my 100th ALMS racewould make for a great weekend of racing at Mosport. I can't wait to get started.”
“I'm looking forward to getting back in the car. We had such a strange weekend at Lime Rock that it will be nice to get somewhere else. Our crew is so amazing! They have been working their butts off to repair the damage to the No. 02 car.
“I'm very proud of our whole team and I look forward to a good race in Canada. It's such a challenging track that really punishes you when you make a mistake, but both cars have been running so well.
“It is going to be our turn soon, so why not Canada!”
“Mosport is a great place that dates back to when men were men and racing was dangerous. It’s fast, sweeping and blind with huge elevation changes. It’s a track that demands 100% focus and commitment at all times. I absolutely love it.
“And now under its new ownership many renovations and improvements have been made around the facility, so I'm looking forward to the new ‘Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’.
“In regards to what happened at Lime Rock, I’m really disappointed. The careless driving that’s been taking place between the classes on track needs to stop. We were lucky our Ferrari wasn't a total write-off and that I didn't wind up in the hospital from that crash.
“Ultimately, all I can say is we're looking forward, and we're going after the result we should have gotten at Lime Rock - a podium finish for Ed and I in the No. 02 car.”