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Tequila Patrón ESM Returns to Asia for Six Hours of Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, China, (October 31, 2016) — This weekend the FIA World Endurance Championship visits China for the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the penultimate race of the 2016 calendar.

While the LMP2 class looks to continue to be competitive, Tequila Patrón ESM has previously shown strong performances at the Shanghai International Circuit.  In 2015, the team had a top three finish in sight when a gearbox issue forced the car to retire early.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Shows Perseverance in Petit Le Mans

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Braselton, Ga. (1 October 2016) – With the 2016 Petit Le Mans setting the stage for the final race of the Daytona Prototype era, longtime DP competitor VISIT FLORIDA Racing had been hoping to close out the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a high note. Unfortunately for the team that finished runner-up in last year’s IMSA championship season, the day ended early with an ongoing mechanical issue.

Rejoining full-season drivers Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens in the VISIT FLORIDA Racing DP was Florida’s own Ryan Hunter-Reay, who competed for the team at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Long Beach Grand Prix. The trio opened the 2016 season with a run to third in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. 

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Set to End DP Era at Road Atlanta

Ryan Dalziel puts the No. 90 Chevrolet Corvette DP on the third row for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans

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Braselton, Ga. (30 September 2016) – Visit Florida Racing will start the 19th Annual Petit Le Mans from eighth position after Ryan Dalziel set a quick qualifying time of 1:14.276-seconds in the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Chevrolet Corvette DP. Dalziel, Marc Goosens and 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, will share driving duties in Saturday’s 10-hour endurance classic, the season-finale of both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

With just .3-seconds separating the entire Prototype class, the competition for the finale could not be tighter as the event also ushers in the end of the DP era for the IMSA series.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Closes Out DP Era with Petit Le Mans

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DRIVING IN THE PETIT LE MANS: Ryan Dalziel, Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay will co-drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

ROAD ATLANTA: At 2.54-miles long with 12 turns, the popular road course is located outside of Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s Petit Le Mans marks the 19th running of the event.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 4th with 248 points after 9 of 10 rounds complete.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Perseveres to the Finish in Texas

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Austin, Texas – Hopes of a return trip to the Circuit of the Americas podium for VISIT FLORIDA Racing went unfulfilled on Saturday when a driveline failure on the No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype took drivers Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel out of contention for a top-three run.

 Goossens opened the race from the fourth row after qualifying the car seventh during an afternoon session on Thursday. He had made his way up to fourth in the order when he reported that the car had lost drive just about 35 minutes into the race.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies in Austin

This evening at a scorching Circuit of the Americas, Tequila Patrón ESM qualified for Round Six of the FIA World Endurance Championship: The 6 Hours of COTA. The event stands as the only North American race on the nine race calendar for the season, adding additional pressure to the American team to secure a podium finish.

The 20 minute qualifying session was trying for the team, battling ambient temperatures of 87 degrees and track temperatures of 122 degrees (F). The 20 turn 3.427 track will make tire management a crucial for the six hour endurance event. At the previous round of the 6 Hours of Mexico, the team’s qualifying run was hampered by a red flag, resulting the team at the rear of the field. Despite contact from several cars throughout the race, the No. 31 Ligier worked its way up through the field to finish an impressive third place.

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Dalziel Double: VISIT FLORIDA Racing driver Ryan Dalziel Raising Rett Syndrome Awareness in his Double-Race Day Saturday

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A lot of people have busy Saturdays, but none have plans like Ryan Dalziel, who will race sports cars in two endurances races this Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas with VISIT FLORIDA Racing and Tequila Patron ESM for “Ryan’s Rett Razzle Dazzle Double Weekend…” 

Enter the #DalzielDouble raffle here:https://rafflecreator.com/pages/7192/ryan’s-rett-razzle-dazzle-double-weekend

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Focused Forward in Texas

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DRIVING AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will co-drive the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA  Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS: An F1 grade facility that features 20 corners along a 3.4-mile road course, Circuit of the Americas marks the penultimate round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The event is held in conjunction with the World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of COTA.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS –VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 4th with 223 points after 8 of 10 rounds complete.

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ESM Earns Tequila Patrón Worthy Podium at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

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MEXICO CITY, Mex. – With over 700 Patrón Spirits employees in attendance on race day for the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Mexico, Tequila Patrón ESM celebrated a third place finish today at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Starting in 10th position, the No. 31 finished overcame much adversity to finish third in Mexico City, earning its fourth podium in five races.

After a difficult qualifying session, the No. 30 and No. 31 starting 10th and 11th in the LMP2 field. With no pressure from behind, the Pipo Derani was able to gain two positions in the opening lap, and Johannes van Overbeek climbed up one position. In his opening stint, Derani fell victim to the first of many accidental attacks on the black and green Ligiers. Despite being forced off track, Derani was able to continue with no positions lost. Using traffic to his advantage, Derani advanced to fifth position before pitting the No. 31 for fuel, tires and a driver change to Chris Cumming. Enjoying a relatively uneventful stint, the No. 30 followed suit in 10th, trading out van Overbeek for Ed Brown.

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ESM Brings Tequila Delivery to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

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After a brief summer break, the FIA World Endurance Championship resumes this weekend in Mexico City for the fifth round of the eight round championship, the inaugural 6 Hours of Mexico. As the series begins its North American stretch of the season, the event marks a special one for LMP2 team Tequila Patrón ESM, as every bottle of Tequila Patrón is proudly produced in Jalisco, Mexico. The Patrón Spirits Company will have strong representation at the event, bringing over 600 employees to the race track to support the two car effort.

Located in the southeast area of the city, the 2.674 mile track has a rich history, hosting Formula 1, Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), NASCAR XFINITY Series, as well as the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series. This weekend will be the first time the World Endurance Championship has competed at the 17-turn track, leaving the entire field of competitors with much to learn in the opening sessions.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Finishes Sixth at Road America

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Elkhart Lake, Wis. (7 August 2016) – VISIT FLORIDA Racing persevered through a frustrating weekend at Road America to bring the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Corvette DP shared by Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel to a sixth place finish in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase on Sunday.

The Daytona Beach, Florida-based team worked throughout the weekend to find the speed needed at the 4-mile legendary road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The group made several changes to the car on Saturday ahead of qualifying and Goossens put it sixth on the grid.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Targets More Speed at Road America

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Elkhart Lake, Wis.  – The VISIT FLORIDA Racing No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype will start Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from the third row of the grid after Marc Goossens qualified sixth in an abbreviated session on Saturday.

The 15-minute qualifying session was cut short due to a red flag period, which ultimately saw the No. 90 car miss out on what would have been the team’s fast lap. Goossens was still able to post a quick time of 1.56.992-seconds during the abbreviated session.

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Visit Florida Racing Returns to Road America

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DRIVING AT ROAD AMERICA: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

ROAD AMERICA: Round 8 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held at one of the most historic road courses on the 2016 calendar. At 4 miles in length, it’s the longest track that IMSA visits.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 4th with 197 points after 7 of 10 rounds complete.

TEAM HISTORY AT ROAD AMERICA: Visit Florida Racing has made five starts at Road America since 2011. The best finish by the team was in 2014 when Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante took a fourth place result. Last year, that same driver pairing finished fifth in the Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Returns to the Podium at Nürburgring

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Tequila Patrón ESM celebrated National Tequila Day in great fashion on Sunday, earning a third place finish at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring. The No. 31 Ligier P2 of Ryan Dalziel, Luís Felipe “Pipo” Derani finished in third place, earning its third podium in the four completed races of the 2015 race season.

In an effort to prepare and gather information for the 2017 race season, Tequila Patrón ESM switched tire manufacturers to run Michelin, the most successful tire manufacturer in sports car racing. No small move, the two car team worked diligently all weekend to dial in the set up as quickly as possible without any previous tire testing. Focusing on set up instead of outright speed, the No. 30 and No. 31 Ligiers tested numerous variables in the practice and qualifying sessions leading up to the race.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Returns to WEC Ready for Nürburgring

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It has been almost a month since the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the drivers and crew of Tequila Patrón ESM are eager to return to the World Endurance Championship for the Six Hours of Nürburgring. Following four podium finishes in the first four races of the FIA WEC and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship  calendars, mechanical difficulties have hampered the two most recent races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Six Hours of the Glen.  Hungry to be back at the front of the field, the Florida based team should be a strong contender with its pair of Nissan Ligier JS P2 cars.

In 2015, both cars struggled to find overall pace in the first half of the race, only getting up to speed in the final half. Throughout 2016, the continuing development of the team from last season has proved to be immense, starting the WEC season off with two first place finishes. The 3.199, 16-turn Germany facility should prove favorable this weekend to the Ligier, a car that shows its strengths on fast and flowing tracks.

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Visit Florida Racing Fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (10 July 2016) – Visit Florida Racing came up just short of a podium finish in the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday when the team and its drivers Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel combined for a fourth place finish.

After leading mid-way through the race, a gamble on strategy didn’t pay off for the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype as the squad targeted victory at the Canadian road course.

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Visit Florida Racing Set for Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix

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Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (9 July 2016) – Looking to make a return to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park podium, Visit Florida Racing is aiming to move forward in Sunday's Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix as the IMSA WeatherTech Championship stages Round 7 of the 2016 season.

At the sweeping 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit outside of Toronto, Marc Goossens drove the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP that he shares with Ryan Dalziel to a sixth place starting position on the grid with a fast time of 1:11.296-seconds.

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Visit Florida Racing Heads North to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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DRIVING AT CTMP: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

CANADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORT PARK: Round 7 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held at the quick 2.459-mile permanent road course in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

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Promising Run for Visit Florida Racing Comes Up Short in Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen

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Watkins Glen, N.Y. - Looking to make it three victories in a row at Watkins Glen International, Visit Florida Racing came up short of that goal on Sunday as a promising outing didn’t deliver the desired result for the Florida-based squad in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

 Drivers Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens combined for a run to sixth place after six hours of hard-fought IMSA WeatherTech Championship racing as the duo shared the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP.

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Visit Florida Racing Scores Seventh on Watkins Glen Grid

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Watkins  Glen, New York –  Visit Florida Racing will start Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen from seventh on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship grid after Ryan Dalziel posted a fast lap time of 1:36.473-seconds in qualifying on Saturday. The team is pursuing a third consecutive victory in the 6 Hour classic.

 Dalziel will share the driving duties with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar teammate Marc Goossens, who won the 2015 edition of the Six Hour in GTD class competition. After the duo set a best time of 1:38.125-seconds in Friday’s first practice session, the team improved for a best time of 1:37.873-seconds in the second practice, and then going even better in practice on Saturday with a quick time of 1:36.461-seconds.

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  1. Defending Winners Visit Florida Racing Look to go 3-for-3 at The Glen
  2. Tequila Patrón ESM Endures to Finish 24 Hours of Le Mans
  3. 24 Hours of Le Mans Qualifying Quotes
  4. 24 Hours of Le Mans Preview: Tequila Patrón ESM
  5. Disappointment in Detroit for Visit Florida Racing
  6. Visit Florida Racing Chevy on Belle Isle Front Row
  7. Visit Florida Racing Heads to Chevy’s Hometown of Detroit
  8. Tequila Patrón Announces Paul Mitchell as Primary Sponsor for 24 Hours of Le Mans
  9. Tequila Patrón ESM Celebrates Podium after Chaotic Spa-Francorchamps
  10. Teamwork Sees Visit Florida Racing Score Second in Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
  11. Visit Florida Racing Set for Seventh on Continental Tire Grand Prix Grid
  12. Defending Race Winner Visit Florida Racing Returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  13. 6 Hours of Silverstone Podium Finish for Patrón ESM
  14. Debrief: 6 Hours of Silverstone Podium Finish for Patrón ESM
  15. Tequila Patrón ESM Sets Out for 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship
  16. Fighting Fifth in Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Visit Florida Racing
  17. Visit Florida Racing Sixth on Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Grid
  18. Visit Florida Racing Heads South to Sebring International Raceway
  19. Visit Florida Racing Takes Home Podium Finish in Rolex 24 At Daytona
  20. Visit Florida Racing Ready for Rolex 24 At Daytona
  21. Good Weekend of Testing in Daytona for Visit Florida Racing
  22. VISIT FLORIDA RACING'S *MEET THE TEAM*
  23. Podium Aspirations for Tequila Patrón ESM in Bahrain
  24. Tequila Patrón ESM Charges into China with Confidence
  25. Fourth Place Finish for Tequila Patrón ESM at Fuji
  26. Tequila Patrón ESM’s Global Season Continues in Japan
  27. Tequila Patrón ESM Earns Best Finish of FIA WEC Season at COTA
  28. 2016 FIA WEC Schedule Includes Stop in Mexico City
  29. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies Third at COTA
  30. American Homecoming for Tequila Patrón ESM at COTA
  31. EFFORT Racing Wins Team Championship at Season Finale
  32. Tequila Patrón ESM Gains Experience in Germany
  33. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies in Germany
  34. Ryan Dalziel Keeps Points Lead Following Miller Motorsports Park
  35. EFFORT Racing Celebrates Complete Sweep at Mid-Ohio
  36. Dalziel Sweeps GT Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Heitkotter, Thompson Win in GTA and GT Cup
  37. Dalziel and Montecalvo Win GT, GTA Round 14 at Mid-Ohio. Udell Wins GT Cup Round 12
  38. Motorsport.com and Tequila Patrón ESM to Debut “Vitesse Extreme – Le Mans” on Motorsport.com
  39. EFFORT Racing Bounces Back for Double Podium
  40. Tequila Patrón ESM Completes Le Mans Qualifying
  41. Two Top-10 Finishes for Tequila Patrón ESM in Le Mans Debut
  42. Tequila Patrón ESM Logs First Competitive Laps at Le Mans
  43. Tequila Patrón ESM Ready to Rock at Le Mans
  44. Tequila Patrón ESM Shows Speed and Potential at Spa as the Team Prepares for Le Mans
  45. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies for Spa
  46. Rainy Opening Practice for Tequila Patrón ESM and Ligier at Spa
  47. Tequila Patrón ESM Set to Battle in Belgium with Ligier
  48. Tequila Patrón ESM Tests Ligier Prototypes
  49. EFFORT Racing Earns Eighth Season Podium at Barber Motorsports Park
  50. Championship-Caliber Run for Tequila Patrón ESM at 6 Hours of Silverstone
  51. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies for 6 Hours of Silverstone
  52. Tequila Patrón ESM Set for 6 Hours of Silverstone Debut
  53. EFFORT Racing Continues Success at St. Petersburg
  54. Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring
  55. Front-row start for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring
  56. Tequila Patrón ESM Determined to Achieve Victory at Sebring
  57. Tequila Patrón ESM Enters 12 Hours of Sebring with Honda ARX-03b Prototypes
  58. Quadruple Podium Weekend for EFFORT Racing at Circuit of the Americas
  59. Rolling Stone and Patrón Tequila Partner at 24 Hours of Le Mans
  60. Tequila Patrón ESM Confirmed Entrants in 2015 FIA WEC Season and 24 Hours of Le Mans
  61. EFFORT Racing confirms Dalziel's return to Pirelli World Challenge
  62. Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Rolex 24
  63. Tequila Patrón ESM: No. 2 qualifies 12th; No. 1 to return to track on Friday
  64. Tequila Patrón ESM's 2015 Worldwide Season Starts at Home and the Rolex 24
  65. Dalziel to Race Spa 24hr with DragonSpeed
  66. Tequila Patrón ESM Runs First Laps in Honda Coupe
  67.  Runner-up Finish for ESM Patrón at Shanghai
  68. ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Sixth at Shanghai
  69. ESM Patrón Set for Overseas FIA WEC Debut
  70. ESM Patrón Finishes Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  71. ESM and Tequila Patrón Entering FIA WEC Shanghai; Forgoing Petit Le Mans
  72. ESM Patrón Qualifies Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  73. ESM and Tequila Patrón Set for FIA WEC Debut at COTA
  74. ESM Patrón Returns to Podium
  75. Pole Position for ESM Patrón at Road America
  76. ESM Patrón Takes onFIA WEC LMP2 with COTA Entry
  77. ESM Patrón Road America Bound
  78. EFFORT Sweeps Mid-Ohio
  79. Fifth and Seventh Place Finishes for ESM Patrón in Indy Debut
  80. Simply Perfect Pole Position for ESM on National Patrón Tequila Day
  81. ESM Patrón Ready for First Kiss of Indy Bricks
  82. Crushing day in Canada for ESM Patrón
  83. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  84. ESM Patrón Returns to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park: Site of First GT Win
  85. Heartbreak for ESM Patrón Team at Watkins Glen
  86. ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Seventh at Watkins Glen
  87. ESM Patrón Set for Prototype Debut at Watkins Glen
  88. Challenging Day for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  89. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  90. Extreme Speed Motorsports to run HPD ARX-04b Honda
  91. ESM Patrón Targeting Win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  92. Heartbreaking final lap for ESM Patrón at Long Beach
  93. ESM Patrón Ready for Long Beach Street Battle
  94. Ryan Dalziel Aims for Perfect Birthday Gift at Long Beach
  95. Ryan Dalziel Proud of ESM’S Sebring Podium
  96. ESM Patrón Runner-Up at Sebring
  97. ESM Patrón Leads Sebring at Six Hour Mark
  98. Top-10 Qualifying Effort for ESM Patrón at Sebring
  99. ESM Patrón Leveraging Home-Track Advantage at Sebring
  100. Ryan Dalziel Wants Debut with ESM Win at Sebring

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