The Nissan-powered ESM team has its sights set on the sweeping turns of Watkins Glen after a tough battle on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit last weekend.
After a shortened qualifying session that was red-flagged before many of the IMSA prototypes had recorded a representative lap, both Nissan-powered cars fought hard in the race. The Johannes van Overbeek/Ed Brown No. 22 car was running fourth late in the race before it had to make a late stop for fuel.
The No. 2 entry of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel suffered a rear-end failure with only 10 minutes remaining, a victim of the bumpy Belle Isle circuit. Van Overbeek said.
“We showed in Long Beach how good our Patrón ESM Nissan DPi was on street courses, so we were really looking for good things there. The No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM guys did about as good as we could have done today“. The strategy, set up, pit stops, driver change, and Ed’s stint were all spot on. Toward the end, we we’re running a competitive fourth but hoping for a yellow that never came. In the end, we had to stop for fuel, which shuffled us back to seventh place“.
The next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar series will be in New York at the Watkins Glen Six-Hour on July the 02nd.