American Le Mans Series Podium finish for esm patrón at road america

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    ELKHART LAKE, WI* ”“ August 18, 2012* ”“ The Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) team earned its third podium finish of the 2012 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patrón on Saturday afternoon.* With a final lap pass, Johannes van Overbeek battled with the fearsome group of GT competitors en route to the third place finish during the four-hour Road America Road Race Showcase.
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    Today’s podium result continues ESM’s best season to date, which includes a third-place podium finish at Long Beach and win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, for the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Ferrari Italia 458 piloted by van Overbeek and ESM driver/owner Scott Sharp.
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    During the opening hour of the race, both of the Tequila Patrón Ferraris charged through the field and reached as high as fourth and fifth positions.* After starting the race in the sixth spot, van Overbeek took the No. 01 Tequila Patrón Ferrari Italia 458 to the fourth position before turning the car over to co-driver Sharp an hour into the race.
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    Sharp was scored in sixth position when the green flag was dropped after a caution period. He maintained a steady pace and his position throughout his driving stint.
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    With approximately one hour to go in the race, Sharp pitted the No. 01 for new tires, fuel and a driver change to van Overbeek.* As soon as van Overbeek’s final stint began, a full course caution period was caused by another race car off track.* As the team had just pitted prior to the caution, van Overbeek was able to stay out on course to gain track position.
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    In the final hour of the race, van Overbeek maneuvered the No. 01 through the field and ultimately finished in the third position.
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    The No. 02 Tequila Patrón Ferrari finished in 11th position.* Unfortunately, the result did not show the impressive performance of the drivers and machinery.
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    Guy Cosmo, in the No. 02 car, worked his way up to fifth position, just one spot behind the sister car in the opening hour of the race.* Cosmo’s charge through the field was highly impressive considering the No. 02 machine qualified 13th but started from the rear of the ALMS field at the drop of the green flag.* The No. 02 machine had been moved to the back of the ALMS griddue to the addition of Anthony Lazzaro to the driver line-up on Saturday morning.* Lazzaro served as a stand-by driver following a back injury sustained by Cosmo during the weekend.
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    During Cosmo’s double-stint in the Ferrari, he continued to charge through the field and passed two GT-class cars and other competitors.* At the end of his stint, Cosmo had the No. 02 running a race-high of fourth position in GT.* Cosmo radioed to the team and mentioned he was experiencing difficulties with the Ferrari’s paddle-shift system.* The team diagnosed and identified the problem as an electrical failure.
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    At the start of the third hour, Ed Brown then climbed into the No. 02 for his first stint.* Brown returned to the field under caution, and was ranked seventh when the green flag was shown.* Throughout his stint, Brown battled both the competition and the paddle shifting issue originally identified by Cosmo.* Brown completed his stint and turned the No. 02 machine back over to Cosmo to finish the four-hour event.
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    As a result of the electrical failure within the paddle shifting system, the No. 02 machine’s closing laps of the race were not as fast as its opening laps.* Cosmo maintained a quick pace but was unable to challenge the other GT competitors for position.* When the checkered flag flew, the No. 02 crossed the finish line in the 11th position.
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    Next up for the Extreme Speed Motorsports team is the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT on the streets of Baltimore, MD, on August 31-September 1.

    Scott Sharp
    “It was a strong day for the team.* The guys just kept making some small changes to the car. Our Michelins took a little while to come up to temperature, but once they did the Ferrari was really quick.* I had a great stint and I could run with the leaders.* I passed the Corvette, Porsche and BMWs, but then I had a really tough time in traffic with a lot of people blocking.
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    “Johannes did a great job.* He had to wait for his tires to come up and then just really took advantage in the last few laps.* To end up third is another strong effort for the team.
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    “This is our third podium this season ”“ that’s big.* In the past, we’ve gotten one each year, so now to have three already and hopefully we’re going to have a couple more before the year is out, and a win. We are finally getting to where we want to be.
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    “Guy really toughed it out today and I felt really bad for him.* He had a major pull in his back and he was in a lot of pain all day.* He battled through the pain and drove a lot and very fast.* I think they had some small electrical issues with the gearbox, which is a shame because they were destined for a good finish.”

    Johannes van Overbeek
    “I feel bad because there was contact on the last turn with another GT car.* I got a run coming out of 13 and I was totally committed going down the inside. He crept over and we made contact.* That was definitely not what I was intending or hoping for.
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    “Our Ferrari is great longer in the run and we’re not good at getting going.* I was really slipping and sliding around but once the Michelins came in, I was reeling people in pretty easily.* So, we just needed a bit more time.
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    “Considering the struggles we had this weekend, third place is good.* I’m looking forward to getting to Baltimore.”
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    Ed Brown
    “It was not the day we were hoping for in the No. 02 car. We had transmission problems and lost our paddle shifter towards the end of Guy’s first stint.* Then we just fought that for the rest of the race.* The car was just frustrating.* We showed that we had the speed again.
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    “Guy did an unbelievable job at the start to really move our Ferrari up.* We’ll just keep fighting. It is a little frustrating but we’re happy about the No. 01 and another nice finish for them in third.
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    “The ESM/Patrón Ferraris are unbelievable.* We just need to get some luck on our side but the No. 01 is starting to roll, so that’s a good thing.”

    Guy Cosmo
    “It was a very painful day, physically.* I felt good in the car, good enough that it really wasn’t a distraction, so I did a double stint at the beginning.* The Tequila Patrón Ferrari was great, we were very quick and moving up through the field.* We had a great run at the start.* Anytime we went under yellow was when I really started to notice how much pain I was actually in.* At speed, I was pretty comfortable.* I wasn’t sure if I should get back in, but after doing the double in the beginning I felt confident enough that if Ed did his stint, I could get back in and finish the last hour.* All in all, it was a great day.
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    “We were hauling it during the first two hours.* The car was great.* I just like getting through traffic as quick as I can.* It was a great run.* A lot of those guys are really tough to get around.* There was a lot of defensive driving out there and we just had a better car.
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    “Driving was a bit tough during the end of my stint and into Ed’s because we had an electrical issue with the gearbox.* We can run the system in two different modes ”“ the normal race mode, which does everything for you when you pull the lever on the upshift, we leave our foot full throttle.* It cuts the ignition and does everything so we can absolutely maximize being at full throttle.* It will automatically match the revs and lift the throttle on the downshift when you pull the lever to downshift.
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    “We had run it in manual mode, so the electronics do nothing at point.* The only way you can get it to shift into the next gear on upshifts is by lifting off the throttles, like the traditional way to shift the transmission.* The main difference is that it takes more time.* Now the shift goes from being a few milliseconds to being a tenth of a second per shift.* We upshift probably 20-30 times throughout the course of one lap.* With one-tenth of second per shift, you’re running lap times two seconds slower than what you should be, which showed in my pace at the end.* I just could not match my pace from earlier because you just go slower in a straight line when you have to lift to shift.
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    “I’m happy for the No. 01 guys.* They ran up front and got a good finish.* We keep showing we have speed and can run with the leaders.* Our time on the podium will happen soon.”



    Source:
    Extreme Speed Motorsports


    Races:
    Road America Road Race Showcase




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