Ryan Dalziel has become the third ESM driver to be confirmed for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The Scotsman will drive the #2 Nissan Onroak DPi with team owner Scott Sharp.
“Tequila Patrón ESM is beyond excited to welcome Ryan back in 2018 for his fifth year with the team,” said Sharp. “We picked Ryan because we felt we was one of the fastest guys out there, and that hasn’t changed. He’s a great teammate, super hungry to win, and seldom makes mistakes. He’s the complete package! As we continue to fine tune our Nissan Onroak DPi, our combination should be very exciting!”
The former LMP2 Le Mans 24 Hours winner joined Tequila Patrón ESM in 2014, driving the HPD LMP2 alongside Sharp. Dalziel’s return to the team will mark his fifth year racing with the team, competing with it in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“I am so happy to return to Tequila Patrón ESM for my fifth year,” said Dalziel. “We have built a strong team, and I am honored to have been a part of that process. It was a big change when we went to the FIA WEC, and again to start the new Nissan NISMO development program back here in the states for 2017. You essentially have to rebuild the team each time, and this team has done it successfully.”
The current Nissan NISMO development program with Tequila Patrón ESM will continue into the 2018 season, with Johannes van Oveerbeek and Pipo Derani racing as teammates in the sister #22 Nisaan Onroak DPi.
“This has been such a good group to work with,” concluded Dalziel. “We’re a strong team, and I’m looking forward to good things with a good package next year. I’m looking forward to finishing this season on a high, then continuing the development on our package for next year.”