ESM reveals super sharp Paul Mitchell liveries for Le Mans

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Because Patrón can’t advertise in France, it leaves Tequila Patrón ESM with the move to rebrand and redesign the colors of its two Ligier JS P2 Nissans that it will race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

And as in 2015, the team has done a great job of redesigning and working around the alcohol restrictions to make the cars looks super sharp.

Last year it was Rolling Stone; this year, it’s Paul Mitchell Systems that take over the branding of the Nos. 30 and 31 cars.

Scott Sharp, Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek share the No. 30 Ligier with Ryan Dalziel, Luis Felipe “Pipo” Derani and Chris Cumming in then No. 31 Ligier. The latter trio finished second in LMP2 in the most recent FIA World Endurance Championship race, the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Photo: Tequila Patron ESM
Photo: Tequila Patron ESM

“We are so excited that Paul Mitchell has finally arrived to Le Mans racing,” said Paul Mitchell CEO, John Paul DeJoria.

“Our world distributors are looking forward to the race, and all of us thank our family, Patrón Spirits, for making this possible. This Tequila Patrón ESM team won both Sebring and Daytona. Look out France, here we come!”

“We’re so excited to return to Le Mans,” said Brown. “The only downside is French law prohibits us from running the black and green livery with our Tequila Patrón branding, but we are so fortunate to have Paul Mitchell as our primary sponsor for this race! It’s nice to be able to keep it in the family, and join forces to try and win the biggest endurance race in the world.”

“Everyone at Tequila Patrón ESM welcomes Paul Mitchell to our team and the largest Motorsports event in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Team Owner Scott Sharp. “We are excited to showcase this incredible brand to the millions of fans that will be watching us go for the top step of the podium!”

Last year’s Rolling Stone livery and this year’s current livery are available to view below for comparisons’ sake.

Sharp, Dalziel and David Heinemeier Hansson’s No. 30 Ligier JS P2 Honda (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)
Dalziel, Derani and Cumming in the No. 31 Ligier JS P2 Nissan (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.