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Tequila Patrón ESM Closes out WEC Campaign at the Six Hours of Bahrain

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Saturday evening at the Bahrain International Circuit, Tequila Patrón ESM bid adieu to the FIA World Endurance Championship with one of the strongest performances the team has seen all season. Pipo Derani, Ryan Dalziel and Chris Cumming perfectly executed the team’s strategy to hold an impressive lead for several hours of the Six Hours of Bahrain for the No. 31 Patrón ESM Ligier to finish fourth.

Derani and Cumming qualified with a combined average speed to set a seventh place starting position. A post-qualifying change further up the field moved the No. 31 Ligier up for Derani to start sixth. The young Brazilian showed strength on the start, jumping from sixth to fourth in the opening lap. He continued his climb in the opening stint, racing side by side with the sister No. 30 Extreme Speed Motorsports Ligier of Giedo van der Garde. Derani took the position to run third before making his first pit stop 45 minutes running. He rejoined in fifth, involved in a three way battle for position with the No. 44 Manor and the No. 26 G-Drive machines. Derani took fourth before handing the wheel off to Ryan Dalziel with an hour and a half complete.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Makes Preparations to End WEC Season on High Note at Bahrain

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This weekend, the Middle East will host the season finale for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season. After starting the season with a second place finish at the 6 Hours of Silversone, Tequila Patrón ESM hopes to finish the season with the No. 31 Nissan powered Ligier JS P2 again on the podium. In the eight races competed thus far, Tequila Patrón ESM earned four podiums and an additional three top five finishes.

The Bahrain International Circuit held its first FIA WEC event in 2012, and will celebrate its fifth anniversary this weekend with 92 drivers in 30 cars competing in the four classes. With 24 turns, the 3.914 endurance circuit will be the final battle ground for the 2016 race season.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Produces Top Five Finish in China

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Sunday evening at Shanghai International Circuit, Tequila Patrón ESM earned their seventh top five finish of the weekend in the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship. The 6 Hours of Shanghai ran under the green flag for the majority of the event, where the Ligier ran error free and finished a fifth place after starting in ninth place.

Dalziel showed a strong race start, gaining two positions in the opening lap before the race went under safety car for two laps. At the end of his 50 minute stint, Dalziel pitted in sixth, strategically setting up Chris Cumming to rejoin in fifth position. Despite heavy race traffic, Cumming ran a clean stint, at one point dropping to ninth in the LMP2 class, but a consistent run brought him back up to sixth at the two hour mark. Dalziel rejoined in seventh, and quickly climbed up to fifth before his stint ended shortly after the halfway point.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Returns to Asia for Six Hours of Shanghai

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SHANGHAI, China, (October 31, 2016) — This weekend the FIA World Endurance Championship visits China for the 6 Hours of Shanghai, the penultimate race of the 2016 calendar.

While the LMP2 class looks to continue to be competitive, Tequila Patrón ESM has previously shown strong performances at the Shanghai International Circuit.  In 2015, the team had a top three finish in sight when a gearbox issue forced the car to retire early.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Shows Perseverance in Petit Le Mans

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Braselton, Ga. (1 October 2016) – With the 2016 Petit Le Mans setting the stage for the final race of the Daytona Prototype era, longtime DP competitor VISIT FLORIDA Racing had been hoping to close out the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a high note. Unfortunately for the team that finished runner-up in last year’s IMSA championship season, the day ended early with an ongoing mechanical issue.

Rejoining full-season drivers Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens in the VISIT FLORIDA Racing DP was Florida’s own Ryan Hunter-Reay, who competed for the team at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, and Long Beach Grand Prix. The trio opened the 2016 season with a run to third in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. 

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Set to End DP Era at Road Atlanta

Ryan Dalziel puts the No. 90 Chevrolet Corvette DP on the third row for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans

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Braselton, Ga. (30 September 2016) – Visit Florida Racing will start the 19th Annual Petit Le Mans from eighth position after Ryan Dalziel set a quick qualifying time of 1:14.276-seconds in the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Chevrolet Corvette DP. Dalziel, Marc Goosens and 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, will share driving duties in Saturday’s 10-hour endurance classic, the season-finale of both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.

With just .3-seconds separating the entire Prototype class, the competition for the finale could not be tighter as the event also ushers in the end of the DP era for the IMSA series.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Closes Out DP Era with Petit Le Mans

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DRIVING IN THE PETIT LE MANS: Ryan Dalziel, Marc Goossens and Ryan Hunter-Reay will co-drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

ROAD ATLANTA: At 2.54-miles long with 12 turns, the popular road course is located outside of Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s Petit Le Mans marks the 19th running of the event.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 4th with 248 points after 9 of 10 rounds complete.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Perseveres to the Finish in Texas

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Austin, Texas – Hopes of a return trip to the Circuit of the Americas podium for VISIT FLORIDA Racing went unfulfilled on Saturday when a driveline failure on the No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype took drivers Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel out of contention for a top-three run.

 Goossens opened the race from the fourth row after qualifying the car seventh during an afternoon session on Thursday. He had made his way up to fourth in the order when he reported that the car had lost drive just about 35 minutes into the race.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies in Austin

This evening at a scorching Circuit of the Americas, Tequila Patrón ESM qualified for Round Six of the FIA World Endurance Championship: The 6 Hours of COTA. The event stands as the only North American race on the nine race calendar for the season, adding additional pressure to the American team to secure a podium finish.

The 20 minute qualifying session was trying for the team, battling ambient temperatures of 87 degrees and track temperatures of 122 degrees (F). The 20 turn 3.427 track will make tire management a crucial for the six hour endurance event. At the previous round of the 6 Hours of Mexico, the team’s qualifying run was hampered by a red flag, resulting the team at the rear of the field. Despite contact from several cars throughout the race, the No. 31 Ligier worked its way up through the field to finish an impressive third place.

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Dalziel Double: VISIT FLORIDA Racing driver Ryan Dalziel Raising Rett Syndrome Awareness in his Double-Race Day Saturday

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A lot of people have busy Saturdays, but none have plans like Ryan Dalziel, who will race sports cars in two endurances races this Saturday at the Circuit of the Americas with VISIT FLORIDA Racing and Tequila Patron ESM for “Ryan’s Rett Razzle Dazzle Double Weekend…” 

Enter the #DalzielDouble raffle here:https://rafflecreator.com/pages/7192/ryan’s-rett-razzle-dazzle-double-weekend

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Focused Forward in Texas

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DRIVING AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will co-drive the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA  Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS: An F1 grade facility that features 20 corners along a 3.4-mile road course, Circuit of the Americas marks the penultimate round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The event is held in conjunction with the World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of COTA.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS –VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 4th with 223 points after 8 of 10 rounds complete.

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ESM Earns Tequila Patrón Worthy Podium at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

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MEXICO CITY, Mex. – With over 700 Patrón Spirits employees in attendance on race day for the FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Mexico, Tequila Patrón ESM celebrated a third place finish today at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Starting in 10th position, the No. 31 finished overcame much adversity to finish third in Mexico City, earning its fourth podium in five races.

After a difficult qualifying session, the No. 30 and No. 31 starting 10th and 11th in the LMP2 field. With no pressure from behind, the Pipo Derani was able to gain two positions in the opening lap, and Johannes van Overbeek climbed up one position. In his opening stint, Derani fell victim to the first of many accidental attacks on the black and green Ligiers. Despite being forced off track, Derani was able to continue with no positions lost. Using traffic to his advantage, Derani advanced to fifth position before pitting the No. 31 for fuel, tires and a driver change to Chris Cumming. Enjoying a relatively uneventful stint, the No. 30 followed suit in 10th, trading out van Overbeek for Ed Brown.

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ESM Brings Tequila Delivery to Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

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After a brief summer break, the FIA World Endurance Championship resumes this weekend in Mexico City for the fifth round of the eight round championship, the inaugural 6 Hours of Mexico. As the series begins its North American stretch of the season, the event marks a special one for LMP2 team Tequila Patrón ESM, as every bottle of Tequila Patrón is proudly produced in Jalisco, Mexico. The Patrón Spirits Company will have strong representation at the event, bringing over 600 employees to the race track to support the two car effort.

Located in the southeast area of the city, the 2.674 mile track has a rich history, hosting Formula 1, Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), NASCAR XFINITY Series, as well as the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series. This weekend will be the first time the World Endurance Championship has competed at the 17-turn track, leaving the entire field of competitors with much to learn in the opening sessions.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Finishes Sixth at Road America

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Elkhart Lake, Wis. (7 August 2016) – VISIT FLORIDA Racing persevered through a frustrating weekend at Road America to bring the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Corvette DP shared by Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel to a sixth place finish in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase on Sunday.

The Daytona Beach, Florida-based team worked throughout the weekend to find the speed needed at the 4-mile legendary road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The group made several changes to the car on Saturday ahead of qualifying and Goossens put it sixth on the grid.

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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Targets More Speed at Road America

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Elkhart Lake, Wis.  – The VISIT FLORIDA Racing No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype will start Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from the third row of the grid after Marc Goossens qualified sixth in an abbreviated session on Saturday.

The 15-minute qualifying session was cut short due to a red flag period, which ultimately saw the No. 90 car miss out on what would have been the team’s fast lap. Goossens was still able to post a quick time of 1.56.992-seconds during the abbreviated session.

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Visit Florida Racing Returns to Road America

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DRIVING AT ROAD AMERICA: Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens will drive the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.

ROAD AMERICA: Round 8 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held at one of the most historic road courses on the 2016 calendar. At 4 miles in length, it’s the longest track that IMSA visits.

2016 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – VISIT FLORIDA RACING: 4th with 197 points after 7 of 10 rounds complete.

TEAM HISTORY AT ROAD AMERICA: Visit Florida Racing has made five starts at Road America since 2011. The best finish by the team was in 2014 when Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante took a fourth place result. Last year, that same driver pairing finished fifth in the Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Returns to the Podium at Nürburgring

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Tequila Patrón ESM celebrated National Tequila Day in great fashion on Sunday, earning a third place finish at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring. The No. 31 Ligier P2 of Ryan Dalziel, Luís Felipe “Pipo” Derani finished in third place, earning its third podium in the four completed races of the 2015 race season.

In an effort to prepare and gather information for the 2017 race season, Tequila Patrón ESM switched tire manufacturers to run Michelin, the most successful tire manufacturer in sports car racing. No small move, the two car team worked diligently all weekend to dial in the set up as quickly as possible without any previous tire testing. Focusing on set up instead of outright speed, the No. 30 and No. 31 Ligiers tested numerous variables in the practice and qualifying sessions leading up to the race.

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Tequila Patrón ESM Returns to WEC Ready for Nürburgring

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It has been almost a month since the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the drivers and crew of Tequila Patrón ESM are eager to return to the World Endurance Championship for the Six Hours of Nürburgring. Following four podium finishes in the first four races of the FIA WEC and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship  calendars, mechanical difficulties have hampered the two most recent races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Six Hours of the Glen.  Hungry to be back at the front of the field, the Florida based team should be a strong contender with its pair of Nissan Ligier JS P2 cars.

In 2015, both cars struggled to find overall pace in the first half of the race, only getting up to speed in the final half. Throughout 2016, the continuing development of the team from last season has proved to be immense, starting the WEC season off with two first place finishes. The 3.199, 16-turn Germany facility should prove favorable this weekend to the Ligier, a car that shows its strengths on fast and flowing tracks.

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Visit Florida Racing Fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

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Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (10 July 2016) – Visit Florida Racing came up just short of a podium finish in the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday when the team and its drivers Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel combined for a fourth place finish.

After leading mid-way through the race, a gamble on strategy didn’t pay off for the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype as the squad targeted victory at the Canadian road course.

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Visit Florida Racing Set for Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix

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Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (9 July 2016) – Looking to make a return to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park podium, Visit Florida Racing is aiming to move forward in Sunday's Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix as the IMSA WeatherTech Championship stages Round 7 of the 2016 season.

At the sweeping 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit outside of Toronto, Marc Goossens drove the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP that he shares with Ryan Dalziel to a sixth place starting position on the grid with a fast time of 1:11.296-seconds.

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  1. Visit Florida Racing Heads North to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  2. Promising Run for Visit Florida Racing Comes Up Short in Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen
  3. Visit Florida Racing Scores Seventh on Watkins Glen Grid
  4. Defending Winners Visit Florida Racing Look to go 3-for-3 at The Glen
  5. Tequila Patrón ESM Endures to Finish 24 Hours of Le Mans
  6. 24 Hours of Le Mans Qualifying Quotes
  7. 24 Hours of Le Mans Preview: Tequila Patrón ESM
  8. Disappointment in Detroit for Visit Florida Racing
  9. Visit Florida Racing Chevy on Belle Isle Front Row
  10. Visit Florida Racing Heads to Chevy’s Hometown of Detroit
  11. Tequila Patrón Announces Paul Mitchell as Primary Sponsor for 24 Hours of Le Mans
  12. Tequila Patrón ESM Celebrates Podium after Chaotic Spa-Francorchamps
  13. Teamwork Sees Visit Florida Racing Score Second in Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix
  14. Visit Florida Racing Set for Seventh on Continental Tire Grand Prix Grid
  15. Defending Race Winner Visit Florida Racing Returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  16. 6 Hours of Silverstone Podium Finish for Patrón ESM
  17. Debrief: 6 Hours of Silverstone Podium Finish for Patrón ESM
  18. Tequila Patrón ESM Sets Out for 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship
  19. Fighting Fifth in Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Visit Florida Racing
  20. Visit Florida Racing Sixth on Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Grid
  21. Visit Florida Racing Heads South to Sebring International Raceway
  22. Visit Florida Racing Takes Home Podium Finish in Rolex 24 At Daytona
  23. Visit Florida Racing Ready for Rolex 24 At Daytona
  24. Good Weekend of Testing in Daytona for Visit Florida Racing
  25. VISIT FLORIDA RACING'S *MEET THE TEAM*
  26. Podium Aspirations for Tequila Patrón ESM in Bahrain
  27. Tequila Patrón ESM Charges into China with Confidence
  28. Fourth Place Finish for Tequila Patrón ESM at Fuji
  29. Tequila Patrón ESM’s Global Season Continues in Japan
  30. Tequila Patrón ESM Earns Best Finish of FIA WEC Season at COTA
  31. 2016 FIA WEC Schedule Includes Stop in Mexico City
  32. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies Third at COTA
  33. American Homecoming for Tequila Patrón ESM at COTA
  34. EFFORT Racing Wins Team Championship at Season Finale
  35. Tequila Patrón ESM Gains Experience in Germany
  36. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies in Germany
  37. Ryan Dalziel Keeps Points Lead Following Miller Motorsports Park
  38. EFFORT Racing Celebrates Complete Sweep at Mid-Ohio
  39. Dalziel Sweeps GT Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Heitkotter, Thompson Win in GTA and GT Cup
  40. Dalziel and Montecalvo Win GT, GTA Round 14 at Mid-Ohio. Udell Wins GT Cup Round 12
  41. Motorsport.com and Tequila Patrón ESM to Debut “Vitesse Extreme – Le Mans” on Motorsport.com
  42. EFFORT Racing Bounces Back for Double Podium
  43. Two Top-10 Finishes for Tequila Patrón ESM in Le Mans Debut
  44. Tequila Patrón ESM Completes Le Mans Qualifying
  45. Tequila Patrón ESM Logs First Competitive Laps at Le Mans
  46. Tequila Patrón ESM Ready to Rock at Le Mans
  47. Tequila Patrón ESM Shows Speed and Potential at Spa as the Team Prepares for Le Mans
  48. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies for Spa
  49. Rainy Opening Practice for Tequila Patrón ESM and Ligier at Spa
  50. Tequila Patrón ESM Set to Battle in Belgium with Ligier
  51. Tequila Patrón ESM Tests Ligier Prototypes
  52. EFFORT Racing Earns Eighth Season Podium at Barber Motorsports Park
  53. Championship-Caliber Run for Tequila Patrón ESM at 6 Hours of Silverstone
  54. Tequila Patrón ESM Qualifies for 6 Hours of Silverstone
  55. Tequila Patrón ESM Set for 6 Hours of Silverstone Debut
  56. EFFORT Racing Continues Success at St. Petersburg
  57. Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring
  58. Front-row start for Tequila Patrón ESM at Sebring
  59. Tequila Patrón ESM Determined to Achieve Victory at Sebring
  60. Tequila Patrón ESM Enters 12 Hours of Sebring with Honda ARX-03b Prototypes
  61. Quadruple Podium Weekend for EFFORT Racing at Circuit of the Americas
  62. Rolling Stone and Patrón Tequila Partner at 24 Hours of Le Mans
  63. Tequila Patrón ESM Confirmed Entrants in 2015 FIA WEC Season and 24 Hours of Le Mans
  64. EFFORT Racing confirms Dalziel's return to Pirelli World Challenge
  65. Early Exit for Tequila Patrón ESM at Rolex 24
  66. Tequila Patrón ESM: No. 2 qualifies 12th; No. 1 to return to track on Friday
  67. Tequila Patrón ESM's 2015 Worldwide Season Starts at Home and the Rolex 24
  68. Dalziel to Race Spa 24hr with DragonSpeed
  69. Tequila Patrón ESM Runs First Laps in Honda Coupe
  70.  Runner-up Finish for ESM Patrón at Shanghai
  71. ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Sixth at Shanghai
  72. ESM Patrón Set for Overseas FIA WEC Debut
  73. ESM Patrón Finishes Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  74. ESM and Tequila Patrón Entering FIA WEC Shanghai; Forgoing Petit Le Mans
  75. ESM Patrón Qualifies Third in Debut FIA WEC Race
  76. ESM and Tequila Patrón Set for FIA WEC Debut at COTA
  77. ESM Patrón Returns to Podium
  78. Pole Position for ESM Patrón at Road America
  79. ESM Patrón Takes onFIA WEC LMP2 with COTA Entry
  80. ESM Patrón Road America Bound
  81. EFFORT Sweeps Mid-Ohio
  82. Fifth and Seventh Place Finishes for ESM Patrón in Indy Debut
  83. Simply Perfect Pole Position for ESM on National Patrón Tequila Day
  84. ESM Patrón Ready for First Kiss of Indy Bricks
  85. Crushing day in Canada for ESM Patrón
  86. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  87. ESM Patrón Returns to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park: Site of First GT Win
  88. Heartbreak for ESM Patrón Team at Watkins Glen
  89. ESM Patrón Qualifies Fifth and Seventh at Watkins Glen
  90. ESM Patrón Set for Prototype Debut at Watkins Glen
  91. Challenging Day for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  92. Front Row Start for ESM Patrón at Detroit
  93. Extreme Speed Motorsports to run HPD ARX-04b Honda
  94. ESM Patrón Targeting Win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  95. Heartbreaking final lap for ESM Patrón at Long Beach
  96. ESM Patrón Ready for Long Beach Street Battle
  97. Ryan Dalziel Aims for Perfect Birthday Gift at Long Beach
  98. Ryan Dalziel Proud of ESM’S Sebring Podium
  99. ESM Patrón Runner-Up at Sebring
  100. ESM Patrón Leads Sebring at Six Hour Mark

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