Scott Sharp and Ed Brown convened a short notice press conference at COTA this morning to announce that Extreme Speed Motorsports are to compete with both of their current HPDs at the FIA WEC round at Shanghai, and will therefore forego the season closing round of TUSCC at Petit Le Mans.
“We are keen to widen our horizons and we have enjoyed the WEC this weekend so far,” said Sharp.
“With the two new cars arriving in November, and our intention already out there to race at Le Mans it would seem to be a sensible step to bring the team together and get more experience on this rubber and in this company.
“We hope to get two entries for Le Mans and that would certainly see us commit to an early season 2015 WEC race. beyond that though there is no decision yet on a full season programme as yet.”
Ed Brown meanwhile confirmed that ESM do plan to contest the 2015 NAEC: “Daytona and Sebring in particular will be very important for the team to learn all we can about our new cars (the new for 2015 HPD Coupe).
David Brabham and Ricardo Gonzalez will join the team’s full season TUSCC drivers in China.
Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Ricardo Gonzalez will co-drive the #30 Tequila Patrón HPD. Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and David Brabham will co-drive the #31 Tequila Patrón HPD.
“We enthusiastically welcome David and Ricardo to our driver lineup,” continued Sharp. “Both David and Ricardo have raced at Shanghai and we’ll leverage their experience there to get our Honda prototypes ready for that six-hour race. We’re still learning our way around the FIA WEC. We believe that a two-car effort will be that much stronger in China.”
Over the next several weeks, ESM will make the necessary modifications to both the Tequila Patrón-sponsored machines to compete on the 3.4-mile (5.5-kilometer) 16-turn permanent road course.