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.

Racing Safety United aims to reduce the risk of injury to drivers

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Racing is an inherently dangerous sport.

The Racing Safety United (RSU) alliance aims to reduce some of that risk with the formation of a multi-discipline advocacy group that includes all major stakeholders of the sport: sanctioning bodies, drivers, track owners and equipment manufacturers – just to name a few of the many businesses that impact a driver’s welfare once they strap into the seat of a racecar.

Originally spearheaded by sports car driver RJ Valentine, the alliance initially intends to focus on track safety. Because expenses can be razor thin for short tracks, a financial aid program is in the works to help with safety upgrades.

“As a racer, I’ve witnessed a lot of horrible crashes and it always astounds me that, for the most part, the motorsports community continues to accept it, including drivers,” Valentine said in a press release. “Because safety improvement adoption is slow, I realized we need support from constituents in all sectors of motorsports to make any real changes happen.

“Initially, track safety is one of RSU’s top priorities, mainly because it receives the least amount of attention. However, we intend to address all safety areas from helmets to driver education.”

RSU’s first official meeting is scheduled on December 6th during the PRI Show to discuss and prioritize safety initiatives.

The RSU is currently made up of 30 members including former NASCAR driver Jerry Nadeau, NHRA team owner Don Schumacher, Flying Lizard owner Darren Law, Randy Lajoie – owner of The Joie of Seating, sportscar driver Andrew Pilgrim and journalist Dick Berggren.

More information can be found on the RSU site.