Extreme Speed Motorsports, the new race team created and owned by veteran race car driver Scott Sharp, used the festive period to reveal its driver line-up for the 2010 American Le Mans Series season.
The announcement came following a successful day of testing the team's first new Ferrari F430 GTC at Sebring International Raceway – the car's first run on American soil after arriving from the factory in Italy.
“The Ferrari F430 is beautiful and definitely one of the best handling cars I have ever driven,” Sharp said. “The team is incredibly enthusiastic about our relationship with Ferrari, and I'm very excited that we are already hitting the track, testing.”
The team will compete with two cars, one piloted by Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek, who makes the move into the team from Flying Lizard Motorsports.
“I'm very excited about joining ESM and Patron in the ALMS. Scott has been working tirelessly to ensure that we have all the tools in place to be successful,” he said. “Having been a part of a successful start-up team in the past, I know it won't be easy but I look forward to contributing to ESM's long-term success and working hard to ensure that Patron's investment in the team and the series is maximised.”
The sister car will be shared by Ed Brown and Guy Cosmo.
“This is such an incredible time!” Sharp continued. “We have been able to formulate an incredibly strong team in short order, but not only do we have the best drivers in racing, we also have unbelievable support from the league, and from our partner sponsors. What a combination – Patron, Ferrari and Michelin – the premium brands in each of their markets.”