Shop sweeps: ESM, KV spruce up their digs this offseason


One of the nice things the offseason allows teams to do is to spice up and enhance their racing shops, usually with a thorough cleaning and/or remodeling.

Teams will often move into new shops as well. This is already occurring in the Verizon IndyCar Series with the former Ed Carpenter Racing unit moving out of the shop they leased from the series’ president of competition and operations, Derrick Walker (former ECR team manager) into the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing shop, as the two teams come together as CFH Racing. A.J. Foyt Enterprises too has announced it has bought a shop near the CFH headquarters in Speedway.

Two teams have posted pics to social media of their recent shop overhauls.

To start off, Extreme Speed Motorsports has moved from their prior base in Stuart, Fla. to a brand-new, pristine shop in Rivera Beach, Fla. Here’s a link to a shot from the outside; meanwhile lead driver Ryan Dalziel and leading sports car racing website Sportscar365 have shots from the inside.

ESM is ramping up for a busy 2015 season, where the team will race the full FIA World Endurance Championship season and the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with its pair of new HPD ARX-04b coupes, the first of which having been due to be delivered to the shop this week.

While ESM has a multifaceted platform, KV Racing Technology in the Verizon IndyCar Series has done a remodel of its shop in Indianapolis.

KVRT has Sebastien Bourdais back in the No. 11 KVSH Racing Chevrolet for a second season, while the second car is to-be-determined. It could be a sole KVRT entry or, as this year, a case of KV partnering with another commercial effort (the No. 17 entry was a KV/AFS entry in 2014).

Proof that work never stops in the offseason, even if the cars do.