Road Atlanta: Extreme Speed Motorsports qualifying report

The Extreme Speed Motorsports team is poised and ready for tomorrows Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA2 endurance race, starting in the 3rd and 4th positions on the grid, in the highly competitive GT2 class. The teams 02 Ferrari F430 GT, qualified...

The Extreme Speed Motorsports team is poised and ready for tomorrows Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA2 endurance race, starting in the 3rd and 4th positions on the grid, in the highly competitive GT2 class.

The teams 02 Ferrari F430 GT, qualified today by Guy Cosmo, posted its seasons best 3rd position, with a qualifying lap time of 1:20.165. Just one spot behind will be the ESM 01 Ferrari, which Johannes van Overbeek guided around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road coarse today for a best lap time of 1:20.195.

"The team has done such a great job all week, and that definitely carried through into todays qualifying session," commented team owner and driver Scott Sharp, who has seven career wins to his credit in the American Le Mans Series. "Were excited to be in 3rd and 4th position, just a tick behind 1st and 2nd!"

Added Cosmo, "Its all coming together. This afternoon was a culmination of all the hard work the team has put in all year to develop the right set up for the cars. Were thrilled to start both ESM cars on the pointy-end of the field tomorrow!"

In the No.01 car tomorrow will be Sharp, van Overbeek, and Dominik Farnbacher. Ed Brown, Guy Cosmo, and Joao Barbosa will take the wheel of the No.02 ESM Ferrari. Tomorrow will mark the final time that the Ferrari F430 GT will race in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The successful GT racer will be replaced by a racing version of the Ferrari 458, set to debut on track next year.

The 13th annual running of Petit Le Mans is the 9th round race in the American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patron the final race of the 2010 season. The competition begins Saturday, October 2 at 11:20am EST at scenic Road Atlanta, and will end after 1,000 miles or 10 hours. ACO class winners in Petit Le Mans earn automatic invitations to the 24 Hours of Le Mans the following year.

With 45 cars competing tomorrow, in seven classes, this years Petit Le Mans features the largest field for any Series race in more than seven years.

The Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferraris are running on cellulosic E85R biofuel. The switch to alternative fuels not only helps the performance of the cars, its also in line with the American Le Mans Series global leadership of Green Racing.

-source: esm

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Series ALMS
Drivers Scott Sharp , Guy Cosmo , Joao Barbosa , Johannes van Overbeek , Ed Brown
Teams ESM Racing