Nissan-Powered ESM Team heads to historic Watkins Glen

by SPEED MERCHANT
3 weeks ago
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The Nissan-powered ESM prototype team heads to Watkins Glen International for the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 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 & Johannes van Overbeek out of contention in Detroit on lap one despite Derani’s pole lap for the team.

The team has also been on pole the last two years at the historic track but has not won. Van Overbeek said :

A win at Watkins Glen has eluded us, I’m excited that Nico [Lapierre] will be back in the car with Pipo & 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 & 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 & Ryan Dalziel. sharp said :

I’m beyond excited to bring our Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan Onroak to the Glen, Watkins Glen is a home track for me.  Being from Connecticut many of my early races were here. We need to get back to victory circle & I’m excited to welcome Oli & Nico back to help us do that.

First practice for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen kicks off Friday 29th June at 10:25 am Eastern with the race on Sunday 01st July at 9:45 am Eastern.