RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. – Tequila Patrón ESM has secured Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Pla as drivers in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, the four-endurance championship within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“Tequila Patrón ESM is ecstatic to announce that Nicolas and Olivier and will be joining our Tequila Patron North American Championship efforts in 2018,” said team owner Scott Sharp. “Both have shown super strong speed on almost every track and every type of car they have driven. They are truly both among the top echelon in sports car racing and will be tremendous additions to our team.”
Both Frenchmen, Lapierre and Pla will join full-season drivers Sharp and Ryan Dalziel in the No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi and Johannes van Overbeek and Pipo Derani in the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi.
Car assignments for Lapierre and Pla have yet to be determined and will be announced at a later date.
An experienced racer in Europe, Lapierre boasts an impressive sports car racing resume. He has scored 12 wins and 13 podiums in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including two wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, since 2012.
“I’m delighted to join Tequila Patrón ESM,” said Lapierre. “I have already taken part in a few IMSA races and I’ve always loved it. In a few occasions I raced against Tequila Patrón ESM and I know how competitive the team is. We will have a strong package next year.”
Pla, a former Onroak Development Driver turned Ford GT Racing driver, won Petit Le Mans in 2016, finished second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013, and has earned four wins and an additional 12 podiums in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
“I’m delighted to join the Tequila Patrón ESM team for the endurance races in the NAEC,” said Pla. “Racing against ESM in the past I know what they are capable of, and I think we will have everything to perform at the very best.”
CREDIT: KBru Communications for Extreme Speed Motorsports