SEBRING, Fla. — Christmas arrived early for Tequila Patrón ESM this week when the team took delivery of its first of two new cars, the Nissan Onroak DPi.
Drivers Scott Sharp, Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek and Ryan Dalziel ran the car’s first laps at Sebring Int’l Raceway for the two-day test. Delivered mid-week, the second car did not make the first run, but will be prepared in the coming days for the team’s next test.
The new car will take part in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi program in the Prototype class. The DPi program will be new to IMSA for the 2017 season, giving manufacturers the ability to create custom engines and bodywork for the LMP2 cars.
“The entire Tequila Patrón ESM squad was super excited to finally get our hands on the new Nissan Onroak Dpi,” Sharp said. “We had a very productive two days and we were able to work through many introductory steps. We’re a bit behind our competition in terms of testing miles, but excited for the challenge ahead with this dynamic package.”
A result of a relationship between Tequila Patrón ESM, Nissan NISMO, and Onroak, the 3.8-liter V6 Nissan Onroak DPi is the third car in the DPi program to be revealed this offseason.
Sharp and Dalziel will race the No. 2 car, joined by Luis “Pipo” Derani for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup races (TPNAEC). Brown and van Overbeek will fill the No. 22 for the full season, with Bruno Senna and Brendon Hartley stepping in for the endurance races.