Tequila Patrón ESM’s Global Season Continues in Japan
Riviera Beach, Fla., – Oct. 7, 2015 – Fresh off a season-best finish of its debut season in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC), Tequila Patrón ESM seeks to build on that momentum as it heads to Japan and the 6 Hours of Fuji.
Tequila Patrón ESM’s fourth-place finish in front of the home crowd and venue provide ample boosts to the team as it races the next two rounds in Asia before heading to the season finale in Bahrain.
Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier Hansson, co-drivers of the No. 30 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda, nearly reached the podium at COTA, which makes the trio even more determined heading into this weekend’s race. Although Fuji International Speedway is new to the Florida-based team, Dalziel and Heinemeier Hansson have combined three previous starts and three top-five finishes at the Japanese circuit. In 2012, Dalziel finished second in the LMP2 class. In 2013, Heinemeier Hansson finished fourth in LMP2 and won the LMGTE AM race in 2014.
The No. 31 Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda of Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty underwent some repairs following the COTA race. Now back and ready for battle the No. 31 drivers will compete for the first time at Fuji. The trio will leverage the knowledge of their teammates to ensure the No. 31 is right alongside the No. 30 machine on the podium at the end of the six-hour event.
As the sixth venue on the eight-race 2015 WEC schedule, Fuji International Speedway rests in the foothills of Mount Fuji. The Japanese venue is famous for having one of the longest straightaways in motorsports at nearly one mile (0.93 miles/1.5 kilometers). The 16-turn, 2.835-mile (4.563 kilometer) track has hosted Formula 1, Asian Le Mans Series, Super GT, Super Formula and Super Taikyu, the largest endurance race series in Japan.