Tequila Patron ESM has revealed the livery for its new Nissan Onroak DPi that will compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, beginning with this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Florida-based team returns to full-time IMSA competition with the pair of Nissan-powered prototypes, with full-season drivers Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel (No. 2) and Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeeek (No. 22).
Pipo Derani, Brendon Hartley and Bruno Senna will complete the lineup for Daytona.
“We are especially excited to welcome Tequila Patrón back to ESM for our eighth season together and celebrate this with an exciting, new livery to kick off the DPi program,” said Sharp.
“As electric as the cars can be visually, we are working overtime to equal that in speed.”
Brown, the President and CEO of Patron Spirits Company, added: “We’re so excited to be back in the United States racing
“The new DPi cars are amazing. Our livery is amazing on our new Ligier Nissan NISMO can’t wait for all our fans to see our cars!”
ESM took delivery of its first car shortly before Christmas, with both cars having turned laps at the Roar Before the 24 earlier this month, prior to a single-day private test at Sebring.
The team heads into Daytona as defending race winners, with Sharp, Brown, Derani and van Overbeek having taken top overall honors in their Ligier JS P2 Honda last year.
“As expected with any new car program, we’ve been working our way through the usual teething issues,” said Sharp. “
“Our complete team—ESM, Onroak, and Nissan-NISMO—have put forth a gallant effort to cure all of these and properly prepare both cars for a grueling 24 Hours of Daytona.
“We know we’re lacking in test time and miles to our competitors, but we’re excited about the potential of our package in the future.”