ESM announces second portion of 2015 plans: NAEC in TUDOR

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Yesterday Extreme Speed Motorsports announced its primary program for 2015, a full season in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

But ESM will be racing Stateside as well, with confirmation Wednesday the team’s HPD ARX-04b coupes will be present in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the four-race championship of Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

“It is incredibly exciting to be back in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup,” Scott Sharp, owner and driver, Tequila Patrón ESM, said in a release. “All four of those events are key global endurance races that every team and driver wants to win! Everyone at Tequila Patrón ESM is excited to bring our brand-new Honda coupes to tackle these tough events. With the combination of our WEC participation, I don’t think I could assemble a better 2015 schedule.  We are going after the best endurance events in the world!”

Add it up, and the 52 hours of racing for the NAEC (24, 12, 6 and 10) will be a comparable amount to the 66 in the WEC (24 at Le Mans, and seven other 6-hour races) for a total of 118 racing hours next season.

It’ll be busy, but a jam-packed year for the Tequila Patron-backed, Florida-based organization.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.