Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Nissan-powered ESM prototype team heads to Watkins Glen International for the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – doing battle on the historic hills of upstate New York.

The team is looking for redemption after a steering wheel-related gear shifting issue took the No. 22 machine of Pipo Derani and Johannes Van Overbeek out of contention in Detroit on lap one despite Derani's extraordinary pole lap for the team.

The team has also been on pole the last two years at the Glen, but has yet to win at the historic facility.

"A win at Watkins Glen has eluded us," Van Overbeek said.

"We qualified on pole the last two years but have come up short both times. I’m excited that Nico [Lapierre] will be back in the car with Pipo and I for this race.

"We worked well together at Sebring. Hopefully, Nico will bring the extra luck needed to get us the win this year."

Derani and Van Overbeek will be joined yet again by Lapierre in the No. 22, while Olivier Pla will again slot into the No. 2 alongside Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel.

"I’m beyond excited to bring our Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan Onroak to the Glen," Sharp said.  

"Watkins Glen is a home track for me.  Being from Connecticut, many of my early races were here. It’s become a true favourite of mine, and for the last two years, it’s been a very strong track for our ESM cars.  

"We need to get back to victory circle, and I'm excited to welcome Oli and Nico back to help us do that!"

First practice for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen kicks off Friday, June 29 at 10:25 am Eastern, with the race Sunday, July 1 at 9:45 am Eastern.