LONG BEACH, Cali., Friday, April 19, 2013 – The Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) team, armed with two Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03bs, roared through the streets of Long Beach today for the first challenging street course of the season. When the clocks stopped, the ESM machines were locked into the second and third positions for tomorrow’s Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.
Flying through the temporary street course, Scott Sharp, co-driver of the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD, lapped the 11-turn, 1.968-mile temporary street course with a best time of 1:17.390, which ranked him second in the P2 class. Sharp’s co-driver Guy Cosmo will start the race and Sharp will drive second.
For the first time this season, Johannes van Overbeek qualified the No. 02 Tequila Patrón HPD. During the quick 15-minute qualifying session, van Overbeek was a fraction behind the No. 01 sister machine with a best lap time of 1:17.432, which places the No. 02 machine third in the P2 class.
Saturday’s Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is a two-hour sprint race and is the second round of the 10-race ALMS championship. Green flag is set for 4:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 20.
ABC’s coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 21, and live coverage is available on ESPN3 starting at 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 20.