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Continental Tire IMSA Driver Spotlight: Johannes van Overbeek

This week’s Continental Tire IMSA Driver Spotlight, Johannes van Overbeek…

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Driver Spotlight: Johannes van Overbeek
Driver, No. 2 Extreme Speed Motorsports/Tequila Patron HPD ARX-03b
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With two races under your belt, how do you feel the Balance of Performance is between the P2 & DP cars?

“It’s a tough task. Let’s face it, not all DP/P2 teams are going to be happy all the time. Sebring was a step forward towards the goal of bringing parity between the two different cars.”

Do you think the new rules announced this week (regarding full-course cautions and in-car cameras) will help the on-track competition?

“Only time will tell, but it should help for most incidents. By having a system in place that clearly identifies the culprit(s) can only help bring a more complete and accurate picture when decisions need to be made.


Talk about some of the challenges the Long Beach circuit presents.

“Long Beach is narrow and its track limits are unyielding. Passing requires patience and usually a mistake by the car in front of you.”

How does the strategy differ from a street course like Long Beach to a natural road course?

“The race length factors more into strategy than the type of circuit. Since Long Beach is a very short race, everything tends be more aggressive; strategy, driving and qualifying.”

If you could put the ultimate road trip song list together, what would you include?

“My music interests are extremely varied; old country, blue grass, house and blues to name a few. Waylon Jennings is the one constant. Maybe it was hearing his voice in during the opening theme of the “Dukes of Hazard” show I watched as a kid that compels me to include him.”

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