Extreme Speed set for full-season FIA WEC effort in 2015

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Extreme Speed Motorsports has confirmed its participation in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, which sees the team shift from a full-season TUDOR United SportsCar Championship effort.

ESM’s new HPD ARX-04b coupes will race in the eight-race and two test schedule, and also plan to do some additional TUDOR Championship races part-time.

ESM dipped its toes into the WEC with podium finishes at Circuit of the Americas in September and at the Shanghai International Circuit earlier this month. The latter effort served as ESM’s first two-car run in the series, and the finale for their outgoing HPD ARX-03b open-top cars.

“Tequila Patrón is thrilled to introduce its brand to consumers all over the world and on the WEC stage. That’s the major reason we’ve moved in this direction as a team,” Ed Brown, president and CEO of The Patrón Spirits Company and ESM driver, said in a release. “This is an excellent business decision for Tequila Patrón ESM. The WEC has open arms to help us execute the best we can in each market.”

Brown, Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Johannes van Overbeek will continue with the team, with additional drivers to be determined at a later date.

The WEC spoke highly of the American team joining the championship.

“We are delighted that one of the top sportscar teams in the United States, Tequila Patrón ESM, has chosen to join the FIA WEC family as a full participant in 2015,” said Gérard Neveu, CEO of the FIA World Endurance Championship. “The Tequila Patrón-backed American team raced in the WEC twice this season – in Texas and China – and quickly demonstrated its speed and competitiveness to the rest of the field by scoring two podium finishes. The announcement to race with us in 2015 is a huge boost to the LMP2 grid, and the WEC as a whole, and it is a big honour to welcome Ed Brown, Scott Sharp and all of the Tequila Patrón ESM team to the FIA World Endurance Championship.”