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EFFORT Racing Earns Eighth Season Podium at Barber Motorsports Park

Barber PodiumBIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After a difficult race weekend on the streets of Long Beach, EFFORT Racing moved on to earn their eighth podium of the season at Barber Motorsports Park for Rounds 6 and 7 of the Pirelli World Challenge.

Driver of the #31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT R Ryan Dalziel started Race 1 in 9th, but a strong start brought him quickly to 6th position. Michael Lewis started the #41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 in 3rd. Lap 10 brought a four lap full course caution, with the No. 61 of Baretta sandwiched between Lewis in 4th and Dalziel in 6th. As the field went back to green, Dalziel battled with Baretta for 5th, successfully making the pass before the field again went to yellow. By the final yellow. Dalziel had worked his way up to 4th, with Lewis in 6th. With just a few laps to go, Lewis reported a problem to the team his left rear tire, eventually forcing him to end his race early by pulling off track in order to not cause a dangerous situation for the rest of the field.

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Championship-Caliber Run for Tequila Patrón ESM at 6 Hours of Silverstone

SilverstoneRacejpgThird-place finish voided after post-race technical inspection

Silverstone, England – Tequila Patrón ESM ran like a championship team today and completed the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) race, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, in third place. The No. 30 Tequila Patrón ESM prototype of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier Hansson, unfortunately failed post-race inspection after it was deemed the floor had too much wear, as a result of chassis modifications to comply with the rules.

During the race, Dalziel started from the fifth position on the grid, leapt into fourth in the first 12 laps, and eventually reached a race-high of third position. He drove the first 90 minutes and then turned the car over to Heinemeier Hansson, who maintained the third-place spot.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies for 6 Hours of Silverstone

SilverstoneQualSilverstone, England – In its first 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) qualifying session of the season, Tequila Patrón ESM will start fifth and eighth for the 6 Hours of Silverstone race on Sunday, April 12.

In what was described as a “typical Silverstone day”, early rain showers greeted the team on Saturday morning. The Tequila Patrón ESM team opted to not participate in the wet practice. The weather cleared for a sunny, yet Silverstone-cool qualifying session.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Set for 6 Hours of Silverstone Debut

SilverstonePreviewTwo-car American team begins 2015 FIA WEC adventure in England
 
Riviera Beach, Fla., – Tequila Patrón ESM begins its second chapter of the 2015 motorsports season this weekend for the season-opening FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) race. The 6 Hours of Silverstone takes place Sunday, April 12, near the Northamptonshire villages of Silverstone and Whittlebury, approximately two hours northwest of London.

Tequila Patrón ESM had its taste of WEC competition in 2014. As America’s only two-car LMP2 effort slated to compete in the full 2015 WEC season, the Florida-based team looks to continue where it left off last season. In two previous WEC appearances, Tequila Patrón ESM earned a third-place finish at the 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas and then a runner-up finish during the 6 Hours of Shanghai.

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EFFORT Racing Continues Success at St. Petersburg

16968646691 996be50e8f bST. PETERSBURG, Fla., -  EFFORT Racing's successful streak in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge championship continues, following Rounds 3 and 4 and the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The team celebrated three more podiums, to add to the previous four, with drivers Ryan Dalziel and Michael Lewis on the temporary downtown street circuit.

Ryan Daziel started Round 3 in the #31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R in 3rd. A successful standing start brought him to second place in the early laps, which was then followed by an extended caution period. Michael Lewis started 3rd in the GTA class, but masterfully worked his way to first before the caution. The field restarted with 25 minutes of racing remaining. Both drivers not only held their position but put up strong battles to gain ground in the remaining laps, while also enduring another caution period. Ultimately, Dalziel finished 2nd, earning his third second place finish of the season, also taking the GT championship lead, and Lewis finished first in the GTA class. 

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Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring

raceValiant return of Honda ARX-03bs Ends Too Soon

SEBRING, Fla., – In a race where most teams have months to prepare, Tequila Patrón ESM accomplished in two weeks. Tequila Patrón ESM and Honda Performance Development made the decision to enter the ARX-03b prototypes into the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race – the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in the second week of March. A bold and promising decision since the ARX-03b was a race-proven prototype that earned the Florida-based sportscar team a runner-up finish one year ago.

In the end, the 12 Hours of Sebring was just not the race for Tequila Patrón ESM. A rear suspension issue and loss of boost dashed the team’s hopes of a podium finish at its home track today.

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Front-row start for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring

qualifyingSoaring Scot Dalziel earns P2 for No. 1; No. 2 to start eighth

SEBRING, Fla., – March 20, 2015 – Ryan Dalziel roared around Sebring International Raceway on Friday afternoon en route to a front-row starting position for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race – the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. Three-tenths of a second (.303) separated Dalziel from the pole-winning team as he earned Tequila Patrón ESM’s first front-row start of the season.

In its first U.S. appearance this year with Tequila Patrón ESM, the Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) showed it has plenty of fight left in it. Dalziel, in the No. 1 Tequila Patrón ESM HPD ARX-03b, sprinted around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit in 1:51.455 (120.802 mph). The last time this prototype saw sportscar competition was a runner-up finish at the November FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) race in China. Before that, the last time the No. 1 machine competed in the TUDOR Championship was at Road America in August, where Dalziel and co-driver Scott Sharp started from the pole and finished third.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Determined to Achieve Victory at Sebring

8b445436-14a7-4d5d-8c09-25402d15ebfbA Patrón-worthy combination of home track advantage and return of Honda ARX-03bs 

Riviera Beach, Fla., – March 17, 2015 – Tequila Patrón ESM has some unfinished business at Sebring International Raceway and this weekend’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race – the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. Following last year’s runner-up finish, the Florida-based team returns to its home track more determined than ever to win the annual Sebring event and the second round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. To help with those tasks, Tequila Patrón ESM has enlisted two old friends – the Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b race cars.

The Tequila Patrón ESM team recalls last year’s 12 Hours of Sebring as vividly as it remembers yesterday. Despite dominating and leading the second half of the endurance event, a late-race caution flag jeopardized the No. 1 Tequila Patrón ESM team of claiming victory. It was a bittersweet podium celebration for Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Brabham. The second-place finish marked the first podium of the season for the team, but a race win was a mere four seconds out of reach.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Enters 12 Hours of Sebring with Honda ARX-03b Prototypes

SebringPreRiviera Beach, Fla., –  Tequila Patrón ESM returns to the tried and true Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b prototypes for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Sebring International Raceway next weekend. The two-car team returns to its race-winning open cockpit prototypes for the second round of the TUDOR Championship and second race of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.


Tequila Patrón ESM first raced the HPD ARX-03b Honda prototypes in the 2013 season of the then American Le Mans Series (ALMS), and in preparation for the inaugural 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which resulted  from the ALMS and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series merger. In 21 races with the ARX-03b prototypes, Tequila Patrón ESM earned two wins (Long Beach, 2013 and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 2014), four pole positions and 16 podium finishes.

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Quadruple Podium Weekend for EFFORT Racing at Circuit of the Americas

AmericasPodiumAUSTIN, Tex., - EFFORT Racing kicked off the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge Race season in domineering fashion, landing on both the GT and GTA class podiums for both races at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

EFFORT Racing veteran Ryan Dalziel started the No. 31 Porsche 911 GT3 R in 3rd place in Race 1, wasting no time charging to the front to hold the lead position for a majority of the race. His battle for position mixed with track marbles lead to slight tire degradation, in the final laps while fighting for the lead in the GT class. Ultimately, the No. 31 finished second place, earning valuable points and a third place start for Race 2. The second race at Circuit of the Americas started under torrential downpour, and race officials decided to waive the traditional standing start, allowing the field to roll to the green flag. The fan-favorite had a strong start, taking second place in the opening moments, heading into turn one. Despite the hazardous conditions and other competitors losing control on track, Dalziel kept his lap times competitive to the end and brought home his another, second place finish at the season opening event.

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Rolling Stone and Patrón Tequila Partner at 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Tequila Patrón ESM LMP2 Entries Will Feature Rolling Stone Livery at Preeminent Endurance Race this Summer in France
 
New York, NY –Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) and Rolling Stone will make their 24 Hours of Le Mans debut with an eye-catching new entry this year– two Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-04b coupes emblazoned with the Rolling Stone logo, during the 83rd running of this prestigious race weekend on June 13-14 in Le Mans, France.
 
Patrón Spirits International, the lead sponsor of Tequila Patrón ESM, has partnered with Rolling Stone in both brands’ first-ever involvement in this world famous racing event. Tequila Patrón ESM will also appear in a short film and accompanying story for RollingStone.com and Rolling Stone magazine.  

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Tequila Patrón ESM Confirmed Entrants in 2015 FIA WEC Season and 24 Hours of Le Mans

esm logoRiviera Beach, Fla., – In late 2014, Tequila Patrón ESM submitted two full-season entrant applications for the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). Today the team received confirmation that it will compete in the eight-race FIA WEC season which includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The team will field two Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-04b coupe prototypes with continued sponsorship from Tequila Patrón. The 2015 FIA WEC schedule spans the globe and includes Tequila Patrón ESM’s debut in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans and the six-hour races at circuits in England, Belgium, Germany, Japan, China, Bahrain and the United States round in Austin, Texas.

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EFFORT Racing confirms Dalziel's return to Pirelli World Challenge

EffortHeadshotHouston, Texas - Following their 2014 Pirelli World Challenge GT-A Championship win, EFFORT Racing has announced an expansion for their racing program with Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) for 2015. In addition to an entry in the GT class, the team has joined forces with PMNA to create a new means to develop up-and-coming sports car drivers: The Porsche Motorsport North America Young Driver Program. 

The program will combine the endeavors of PMNA and EFFORT Racing to provide young racers from the Porsche Young Drivers Academy and the Porsche/IMSA Driver Scholarship with the opportunity to race in Pirelli World Challenge's GT Amateur class. EFFORT Racing will enter a season long entry in GT-A, utilizing the Porsche 911 GT3.

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Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Rolex 24

DaytonaRaceGains made with new HPD coupe 

Daytona Beach, Fla. – Tequila Patrón ESM might have exited the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona earlier than expected, but the team is leaving with confidence in the new Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-04b coupes. Despite two DNFs on the official results, the team has more experience with the new cars that can be used as preparation for the next race at Sebring International Raceway in March.

The No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and David Heinemeier Hansson started from the 16th position. Since the team did not participate in qualifying on Thursday, the IMSA rule book states the team must start at the end of the Prototype and Prototype Challenge categories. The No. 1 suffered an issue in the bell housing during Thursday’s morning practice that prevented it from participating in qualifying.

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Tequila Patrón ESM: No. 2 qualifies 12th; No. 1 to return to track on Friday

DaytonaPre2No. 2 qualifies 12th; No. 1 to return to track on Friday

Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan. 22, 2015 – Tequila Patrón ESM continues to improve and develop the all-new Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-04b coupes. The team is one step closer to the season opening TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, following today’s practice sessions and qualifying.

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Tequila Patrón ESM's 2015 Worldwide Season Starts at Home and the Rolex 24

DaytonaPreSeeks win at opening round of Tequila Patrón North American Endurance

Riviera Beach, Fla., – Tequila Patrón ESM begins a new motorsports chapter this weekend. Set to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Tequila Patrón ESM kicks off its 2015 season in its home state during the 53rd Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Tequila Patrón ESM is headquartered approximately three hours south of the famed Daytona International Speedway. The twice-around-the-clock endurance race is the season-opening TUDOR Championship event and opening round of the four-race Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. 

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Dalziel to Race Spa 24hr with DragonSpeed

DSpeed458EvelThe Florida-based DragonSpeed team today confirmed details of its plans to contest the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series (BES) – becoming the first US team to join the world’s premier GT3 endurance championship – alongside its four-car Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) effort in North America.

The five-race BES (organizer SRO also runs a seven-round sprint championship) will visit the current or former F1 circuits at Monza (3h), Silverstone (3h), Paul Ricard (1000km), Spa Francorchamps (24h), and Nürburgring (3h). The team will operate from a state-of-the-art facility in Switzerland at the Octane 126 Ferrari sales and service center near Zürich airport.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Runs First Laps in Honda Coupe

1215Riviera Beach, Fla., Dec. 14, 2014 – Tequila Patrón ESM attacked the 2015 sports car racing season today by running the all-new Honda Performance Development ARX-04b Honda prototype coupe for the first time. Tequila Patrón ESM principal Scott Sharp was first inside the enclosed cockpit racing machine.

“This HPD coupe is very exciting for us, there has been so much anticipation building up to our first laps,” said Sharp. “Huge thanks to the entire Tequila Patrón ESM team, HPD and Wirth for their efforts in getting the coupe delivered, built and on-track today. We’ve spent many months getting to this point – our hard-working crew, the HPD engineering team and Wirth have been non-stop these last few weeks. They’ve made huge gains on the car, in addition to the logistics and behind the scenes planning. This has been a long process, but we’re super excited about today, tomorrow and the future.

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 Runner-up Finish for ESM Patrón at Shanghai

57d90ea9-90ee-4f21-ae43-948d7811f1b1Shanghai, China – Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) and Tequila Patrón earned its second consecutive FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) podium. On Sunday afternoon in China, the No. 30 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) team of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Ricardo Gonzalez finished second in the FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai.

In its two FIA WEC races, ESM earned two podium finishes. In September, Sharp, Dalziel and Ed Brown finished third at the FIA WEC race at Austin, Texas’ Circuit of The Americas. The FIA WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai marked ESM’s final race in the HPD ARX-03b prototypes. In May, ESM purchased two HPD ARX-04b coupe prototypes to be used in 2015.

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ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Sixth at Shanghai

a8da58af-10af-4380-b2d7-2205727c6c8aShanghai, China – In its first overseas FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) qualifying session, Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) averaged the fifth and sixth quickest times in the LMP2 class. As a result, ESM will start fifth and sixth in Sunday’s 6 Hours of Shanghai race.

Per the FIA WEC rules, the two best lap times from each team’s qualifying drivers are averaged together in order to determine the starting position.

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  1. ESM Patrón Set for Overseas FIA WEC Debut
  2. ESM Patrón Finishes Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  3. ESM and Tequila Patrón Entering FIA WEC Shanghai; Forgoing Petit Le Mans
  4. ESM Patrón Qualifies Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  5. ESM and Tequila Patrón Set for FIA WEC Debut at COTA
  6. ESM Patrón Returns to Podium
  7. Pole Position for ESM Patrón at Road America
  8. ESM Patrón Takes onFIA WEC LMP2 with COTA Entry
  9. ESM Patrón Road America Bound
  10. EFFORT Sweeps Mid-Ohio
  11. Fifth and Seventh Place Finishes for ESM Patrón in Indy Debut
  12. Simply Perfect Pole Position for ESM on National Patrón Tequila Day
  13. ESM Patrón Ready for First Kiss of Indy Bricks
  14. Crushing day in Canada for ESM Patrón
  15. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  16. ESM Patrón Returns to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park: Site of First GT Win
  17. Heartbreak for ESM Patrón Team at Watkins Glen
  18. ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Seventh at Watkins Glen
  19. ESM Patrón Set for Prototype Debut at Watkins Glen
  20. Challenging Day for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  21. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  22. Extreme Speed Motorsports to run HPD ARX-04b Honda
  23. ESM Patrón Targeting Win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  24. Heartbreaking final lap for ESM Patrón at Long Beach
  25. ESM Patrón Ready for Long Beach Street Battle
  26. Ryan Dalziel Aims for Perfect Birthday Gift at Long Beach
  27. Ryan Dalziel Proud of ESM’S Sebring Podium
  28. ESM Patrón Runner-Up at Sebring
  29. ESM Patrón Leads Sebring at Six Hour Mark
  30. Top-10 Qualifying Effort for ESM Patrón at Sebring
  31. ESM Patrón Leveraging Home-Track Advantage at Sebring
  32. Ryan Dalziel Wants Debut with ESM Win at Sebring
  33. Rollercoaster Rolex for ESM Patrón
  34. ESM Patrón Team Hour 12 of Rolex 24
  35. Opening Hours of Rolex 24 Unkind to ESM Patrón Team
  36. Ryan Dalziel continues to support West of Scotland Kart Club
  37. DALZIEL SIGNS WITH ESM PATRON FOR 2014 SEASON
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  53. Ryan Dalziel and Starworks Clinch FIA World Endurance Title
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  55. Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining for Ryan Dalziel
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  74. Inspired Show From Ryan Dalziel End With Stunning Second At Daytona 24
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  76. Rocking Ryan Leads United Autosoports to Podium Glory
  77. Ryan Aims For High In Dubai
  78. Dalziel Teams Up With United Autosports For Winter GT Races
  79. Grand-Am Series announcement
  80. CORE values to the fore as Ryan suffers
  81. Ryan aims to be man of Atlanta
  82. Tears and cheers as Ryan wins at Mid-Ohio
  83. Ryan's ready to rumble at Mid-Ohio
  84. Double vision's a sore one for Ryan Dalziel
  85. Ryan Dalziel Montreal Preview
  86. Ryan Dalziel grabs Watkins Glen podium
  87. Watkins Glen Preview
  88. Dalziel Podiums at Barber Motorsport Park
  89. Dalziel Podiums in Second at Sebring 12 Hours
  90. Dalziel Denied Homestead Grand-Am Victory
  91. Dalziel Targeting Homestead Bounce Back
  92. Early Set-Back Dashes Dalziel’s Daytona Hopes
  93. A Lap Around Daytona, With Ryan Dalziel
  94. Dalziel Takes Aim at Daytona Double
  95. Dalziel Unofficially Shatters Daytona DP Track Record
  96. Dalziel Back to Defend ‘Daytona 24’ Crown
  97. JaguarRSR STATEMENT OF EARLY RETIREMENT IN PETIT LE MANS
  98. Video: Petit Le Mans Qualfiying Report
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  100. Forest And Dalziel Finish Fifth In Final 2010 Race!

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