TUART, Fla., April 8, 2014 – One year ago, Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) made team history with its first 1-2 finish on the streets of Long Beach. Hungry for a 2014 win, the Florida-based team has its sights set on conquering the concrete canyons of southern California again for the third round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
As the shortest event on the calendar, the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach is 100 minutes and traverses the picturesque streets of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit.
In addition to the tires, the TUDOR Championship field is smaller in 2014 because two classes of cars will compete during Saturday’s race, compared to the four classes at the two previous races this year. The TUDOR field is slated to have 22 entrants – 12 prototypes and 10 GT Le Mans cars. Traffic is always a factor at Long Beach but with a smaller field of two professional classes, the racing will be intense.
Sharp and Ryan Dalziel, co-drivers of the No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b have some unfinished business ahead of them. Following a second-place finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, after demonstrating the No. 1 car had better speed and handling than the competition, Sharp and Dalziel are seeking their first win of the season. Both drivers have previous wins at Long Beach – Sharp in 2013 and Dalziel in 2012 – and these two look to continue those winning ways this weekend.
Last year’s runner-up finish for Brown and van Overbeek, co-drivers of the No. 2 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b, was the first of several podium finishes. They also scored a podium on the streets of Baltimore and Circuit of The Americas.
Of course, the Tequila Patrón-sponsored team wants to win at Long Beach because it would be fitting to have ESM atop the podium at the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach.
The Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach on April 11-12 is the third race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Qualifying for prototype cars takes place at 6:05 p.m. PT on Friday, April 11. Green flag for the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase is 3:05 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 12.