SPORTS CARS: Fogarty And Hansson Join ESM/Tequila Patrón Lineup For 2015

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The Tequila Patrón ESM team has completed its driver lineup for the 2015 sports car racing season.

Scott Sharp, Ed Brown, Ryan Dalziel and Johannes van Overbeek return as full-season co-drivers of the two Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda Performance Development ARX-04b coupes. They will be joined by Jon Fogarty and David Heinemeier Hansson.

Tequila Patrón ESM has submitted two full-season entries to compete in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) along with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races.

American Fogarty will co-drive with Brown and van Overbeek. Danish racer Heinemeier Hansson will co-drive with Sharp and Dalziel.

“We are thrilled to have Jon and David join us at Tequila Patrón ESM,” said Sharp. “The 2015 season is going to be incredible for us. Jon and David will be key parts to our success. We’ve competed against Jon for years and we know he is a team player who has proven he is extremely quick. I’m certain he will blend in perfectly with Ed and Johannes.

“David has had great success in the WEC over the last couple of seasons both in P2 and GTE,” Sharp added. “He knows all of the WEC tracks and will complement Ryan and me in our car perfectly. Tequila Patrón ESM has one of the strongest driver lineups for 2015 with Ed, Ryan, Johannes and now Jon and David. We can’t wait to get started with the new Honda coupes and co-drivers.”

In 1996, Fogarty began racing in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, where he earned series runner-up honors twice. He raced in Indy Lights in 2001, and then advanced to the Toyota Atlantic series the following year. In 2002, Fogarty won the first of his two open-wheel championship titles; the second title came in 2004.

Now as a Tequila Patrón ESM driver, Fogarty reunites with his American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT2 teammate van Overbeek. Fogarty and van Overbeek finished third in the GT2 drivers’ championship in 2005.

For the last nine years, Fogarty co-drove with Alex Gurney in the “Red Dragon” Daytona Prototype for GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing. In his nine years of American sportscar racing, Fogarty has two championship titles (2007 and 2009), 16 wins, 54 podium finishes and 30 pole positions.

“I’m really excited to join Tequila Patrón ESM for 2015,” Fogarty expressed. “The chance to run with a strong and established organization is the goal of every driver, so I know I am stepping into a very solid opportunity to compete and win. I’m honored to have been chosen to drive with Tequila Patrón ESM and representing Tequila Patrón as it embarks on the worldwide stage of the FIA WEC.”

“Racing both the NAEC and WEC will be epic. I’m excited to have the opportunity to compete in all the classic endurance sports car events on the globe, with the highlight being Le Mans. For a sports car racer, Tequila Patrón ESM has selected a dream schedule. I am very fortunate and grateful for the opportunity.”

In his 2011 rookie season, Heinemeier Hansson competed in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, ALMS, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge, Radical Masters and GRAND-AM Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. In 2012, with then co-driver Martin Plowman, he finished second in the ALMS LMP2 championship with two wins and eight podium finishesThat same year, he earned a seventh-place finish in his first attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

During the 2013 FIA WEC season, he earned runner-up honors with co-drivers Olivier Pla and Alex Brundle in the LMP2 class with five podium finishes in eight races, including a runner-up finish at Le Mans. In his third attempt at Le Mans, Heinemeier Hansson transitioned to the Aston Martin Racing team and drove to a GTE AM class victory last season, as well as claimed the 2014 World Endurance Championship title.

“I can’t wait to start my third full season of the FIA WEC with Tequila Patrón ESM,” said Heinemeier Hansson. “They’ve been a fixture in American sports car racing right from when I started racing at a top level, so to be part of the new international campaign for the team and the sponsor is a real honor.”

Fogarty and Heinemeier Hansson will test with Tequila Patrón ESM later this year. They will make their first public appearance as Tequila Patrón ESM drivers at The Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in January.

CREDIT: Extreme Speed Motorsports

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