The Nissan-powered ESM squad is preparing for one of the biggest challenges in sports car racing this weekend competing in the 12 hours of racing at the bumpy Sebring International Raceway.
First held in 1950, the 12-hour race takes place on a Sebring circuit that includes old runways from Hendricks Army Airfield which was a base where American B-17 pilots were trained during World War II. The biggest battle facing the teams in this second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is not necessarily the other cars, but the track itself. The bumps test the durability of the race machines & two places on the 3.74-mile circuit are particularly rough – turn 17 & turn 1 leading onto & off the front straight respectively.
Nicolas Lapierre, who will drive the No. 22 Nissan-powered Onroak with Pipo Derani & Johannes van Overbeek said :
“Sebring is one of my favorite races, I love this old school track & the great atmosphere that you can feel throughout the week. 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 & as a driver you have to stay focused every second. I’m convinced that we have a package to fight in the front, testing between Daytona & Sebring went well, so we’re feeling confident heading into the race.”
The No. 2 ESM partner car will again be driven by Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel & Olivier Pla.