Nissan-powered ESM squad prepare for Sebring 12 Hours

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Nissan-powered ESM squad is preparing for one of the biggest challenges in sports car racing this weekend - doing battle over the bumps for 12 hours at Sebring International Raceway.

First held in 1950, much of the Sebring circuit includes old runways from Hendricks Army Airfield, a World War II training base for the U.S. Army Air Forces.

The biggest battle facing teams in the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the treacherous Sebring bumps - particularly in the fast Turns 17 and one – leading onto and off of the front straight.

"Sebring is one of my favorite races. I love this old school track and the great atmosphere that you can feel throughout the week," said Nicolas Lapierre who will drive the No. 22 Nissan-powered Onroak with Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek.

"It is a fun track, but it is also one of the hardest races in the world, the bumps give a very hard time to the car and as a driver, you have to stay focussed every second.

"I'm convinced that we have a package to fight in the front. Testing between Daytona and Sebring went well, so we're feeling confident heading into the race."

The No. 2 ESM entry will again be driven by Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Olivier Pla.