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ESM Adds Fogarty, Heinemeier Hansson to 2015 Lineup

Tequila Patron ESM completes 2015 driver lineup…

Photo: IMSA/DPPI

Photo: IMSA/DPPI

After revealing its first four full-season drivers, Tequila Patrón ESM has confirmed its two remaining full-season drivers for the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

The Florida-based team has brought in a pair of past sports car racing champions to round out the lineup of the pair of HPD ARX-04b coupes.

Silver-rated David Heinemeier Hansson joins Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp in one of the team’s cars, while Gold-rated Jon Fogarty joins Ed Brown and Johannes van Overbeek in the second for an all-American lineup.

Heinemeier Hansson claimed the GTE-Am driver’s championship in this year’s FIA WEC season with Aston Martin Racing. Meanwhile Fogarty captured two GRAND-AM Rolex Series titles with Alex Gurney in 2007 and 2009.

“We are thrilled to have Jon and David join us at Tequila Patrón ESM,” team owner/driver Sharp said. “The 2015 season is going to be incredible for us. Jon and David will be key parts to our success.

“We’ve competed against Jon for years and we know he is a team player who has proven he is extremely quick. I’m certain he will blend in perfectly with Ed and Johannes.

“David has had great success in the WEC over the last couple of seasons both in P2 and GTE. He knows all of the WEC tracks and will complement Ryan and me in our car perfectly.

“Tequila Patrón ESM has one of the strongest driver lineups for 2015 with Ed, Ryan, Johannes and now Jon and David. We can’t wait to get started with the new Honda coupes and co-drivers.”

Heinemeier Hansson returns to LMP2 machinery after a year in the Aston Martin Vantage. The Dane was a hard-luck second with co-drivers Alex Brundle and Olivier Pla in an OAK Racing Morgan Nissan to their teammates Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez in 2013.

Incidentally, Heinemeier Hansson will replace Gonzalez as the Silver alongside Dalziel and Sharp for next season. Gonzalez co-drove with the pair to the team’s best FIA WEC result thus far, second in class at Shanghai in November.

“I started LMP2 racing in 2012 just when Ryan had his dream season with victories at Le Mans, Sebring and in the WEC championship in the Honda prototype,” Heinemeier Hansson said. “I remember marveling at that run.

“Now three years later, I’m joining forces with him and Scott with my own WEC championship and Le Mans win under my belt.

“Scott has an incredible résumé with his championship titles. I think we’ll have a great shot at race wins, especially Le Mans, and the FIA WEC championship.”

Fogarty, meanwhile, will have a full-time ride after a year of part-time opportunities in 2014.

Left without a seat following the withdrawal of GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, Fogarty co-drove with the Frisselle brothers in Action Express Racing’s second, Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup only-entered Corvette DP for three races.

He and van Overbeek are also former teammates with Flying Lizard Motorsports, so have a past history. Considering Fogarty’s vast Daytona Prototype experience, adapting to an LMP2 coupe will provide a new challenge.

“It has been some time since I have been in a prototype other than a DP, so there will be some transition time coming into the new Honda P2 coupe,” Fogarty said. “Luckily I have had a lot of time in high-downforce, open-wheel cars in my career.

“The smaller turbo motor might be the biggest change for me since I’ve been racing with a larger displacement naturally aspirated V8; the sound alone will be a big change!”

Car numbers for both programs will be determined at a later date. ESM ran 1 and 2 in the TUDOR Championship and 30 and 31 in the FIA WEC this season.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Me

    December 9, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I didn’t see DHH returning to LMP2 after all of the success at AMR, but its great for both drivers and hope to see them do well in the WEC.

  2. Harrison Bien Aime

    December 9, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Great choices, but depending on the entry list it could be a waste.

    • Brent

      December 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

      Harrison,

      Man I know you’re waiting until the “official” list gets published but comments like that add no value, they are going to be in WEC regardless.

      • Harrison Bien Aime

        December 9, 2014 at 11:56 am

        I’m on the fence on this one, depending on how many p2s will even be in the WEC(8-10 probably); ESM could lose out to a European team or Two.

        It’s a case of too many teams trying to Apply for a P2 entry with not enough spots available.

        • slow

          December 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

          No they wont….. ESM has way too much money they’re bringing with them. They wouldn’t have all this stuff being published everywhere if they weren’t going to get in. WEC has already guaranteed them two spots be sure on that. The bad press of them saying “we are going wec racing” and then not doing that would be way too much of a gamble if they didn’t already know they were going.

          They’ve met with the WEC guys several times this year, it is a done deal trust me.

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

            Just because a team is guaranteed an entry. Doesn’t mean it’s 100% a done deal. ESM This year got to make Two WEC appearances due to low P2 entry counts, and in both appearances they got a podium but weren’t that competitive with the Regular Season Entries.

            2015, they along with RSR, Brabham, SARD?, and a few European teams are trying to get an entry. Teams like G Drive and SMP will be 100% in with their 2 cars. Depending on what comes out of the Strakka camp in the off season, Strakka could be automatically in as well. Plus SMP are going to enter a GTE Am car in 2015( one less grid spot available). Plus KCMG might be 100% in as well for 2015.

            If ESM do get in then they can count themselves lucky. Until then I’m staying on the fence when it comes to this team and a 2 car entry in the WEC next year

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

            Plus adding on to my comment below, don’t forget about the “32” car cap. If that wasn’t put in place for 2015 then I wouldn’t be questioning on if ESM will get a WEC entry or not.

          • slow

            December 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm

            Because they’re going to grant GTE-am cars over P2…. right.. Quit being dumb about this… it’s frustratingly annoying, it’s almost as if you don’t like ESM so you’ve convinced yourself they wont get spots. Also, not that competitive? In the ARX which is by far the oldest and least developed car on the grid, leading large portions of both races, and having a shot at the win taken away at cota because of the caution? Yep completely uncompetitive…. biased as hell are we?

            Quit posting mindless drivel this is at least the second maybe third article I’ve seen you in saying ESM wont get a shot…

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm

            I’m not saying that they have no shot. It’s just their chances are somewhat small to moderate. I wasn’t being biased about the ARX, they had some issues that led to them being taken out of contention at COTA. And The Honda power plant is probably really competitive, it’s just no one is interested in using it; thus why most of the euro P2 teams have Nissan Engines( most reliable engine to have)or a Judd Engine. I don’t even know how the ARX 04 will even do next year, it could be competitive if granted an entry and be up there with the Nissans. Or it could get completely thrashed by the Nissan Powered P2s.

            GTE Am, it will be the same amount of entries next year, plus the SMP entry.

          • JAGLeMans

            December 9, 2014 at 3:45 pm

            A. Top team
            B. Top driver line-up
            C. Major sponsor
            D. New HPD
            E. US Based

            = Guaranteed entry

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

            JagLeMans you can say the same thing for a European team too. Or even an Asian Team

            All that the WEC needs is more American teams and drivers, which its been lacking since the series has started in 2012. They will try to at least get more American fans for 2015 with more American Teams and American Drivers(like Pat Long and Patrick Dempsey)

            HPD- they need more teams to get onboard with them to get more press in the Prototypes Globally( they have gotten plenty of it here in America over the last few years)

            8star will be back in 2015 with their Ferrari. The question is will ESM or better yet RSR be joining them. The selection committee is making the decision on which teams get a WEC spot, so when January or February 2015 comes along we will know who made it in and who didn’t.

          • slow

            December 9, 2014 at 6:22 pm

            You keep saying RSR, when RSR has repeatedly said if, and that is a big big if (as they haven’t publicly said they’ve found a backer yet), that they want to run ELMS. They’ve said jack about WEC, they’ve said ELMS several times…

            WEC will accept LMP2 cars before they fill the field with GTE-Am. There are 25 teams including ESM and Lotus if you count all the LMP1, LMP2, and Factory GTE efforts that have expressed intrest. that leaves 7 full time spots available for GTE-AM. If you think they want more then 7 GTE-am cars on track you are crazy.

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

            I know there won’t be any more then 7 or 8 GTE Am entries beside Le Mans.

            P1 I’m sure there will be the 4 factory teams and Rebellion( isn’t there a rumor somewhere that they may cut back to 1 car for 2015). Lotus, it depends if they will be back

            GTE Pro- only expecting the factory teams(6 cars)

            So 22( if rebellion cut back to 1 car) 23 or 24 possible grid spots filled from 3 classes already. Which P2s will fill out the remaining 8, 9 or 10 Spots.

            RSR were talking up of getting a WEC entry, but will look at the ELMS if: they don’t get a WEC entry or they don’t happen to have enough cash to be able to do the FIA WEC. I wonder what’s the latest news from Paul about his P2 plans for 2015?

            P2 it’s just the question mark on the grid, all that can be asked is how many 2 car teams will there be in 2015? And what other entries will make the cut

            2 car teams: G Drive, SMP, ESM??????

            Remaining P2 spots: it depends.

          • slow

            December 9, 2014 at 7:45 pm

            Where are you getting 22? 2 Audi’s full time, 2 Porsche full time, 2 Nissans full time, 2 Toyota’s full time, 2 Rebellions full time, 1 Lotus, 1 KCMG, 2 G drive, 2 ESM, 2 SMP, 1 Strakka, 2 Porsche’s, 2 Astons, 2 Ferrari’s. Equals 25… Leaving 7 spots for GTE-Am cars.

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 9, 2014 at 8:03 pm

            Lotus may or may not be back, this is under the same organization that runs the f1 team. And Said F1 team had money issues of their own

            Rebellion, there was a rumor somewhere that they would only have 1 full time car in 2015.

            ESM Dont Count as they didn’t do the full season in 2014. 2015 they could be a full time entrant.

            Thus where I got 24, could be 22 if no lotus and only 1 Rebellion.

            Plus Money Talks, and SMP has plenty of it to run ELMS, P2 and Possibly GTE Am in 2015.

            Strakka who didn’t race at all in 2014, 2015 they look like they will get an entry.

            If lotus are the only entry to disappear for 2015
            Most likely the entry list will have:
            P1- 10
            P2- 8
            GTE Pro-6
            GTE Am-8

            Need to see if any additional news will come out later this month in regards to the WEC entries.

          • slow

            December 9, 2014 at 8:43 pm

            I’m just going to quit now because you obviously don’t understand how this business works. ESM is in, no matter what crack pot theory you want to believe about GTE-AM teams taking lmp2 spots.

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

            I counted ESM in for those 8 Entries for 2015, just took away the lotus.

          • JAGLeMans

            December 10, 2014 at 8:55 pm

            For P2 you can add SARD, possibly with Morand. Signatec are also looking.

          • Harrison Bien Aime

            December 10, 2014 at 11:50 pm

            Duh those are teams along with ESM that are looking for a spot in the WEC in P2. But the Morand Entry could be a collaboration with Sard( there’s an Article on Racer.com to prove that). And there could be a Gentleman Driver Ligier too.

            Just so many potential P2 entries being thrown at the FIA to choose from. Not enough Spots Avaliable for all of them.

  3. Bob

    December 9, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Very good news.
    What’s going on with Alex Gurney’s racing future?

  4. N8

    December 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Nice lineup.

  5. Roger Bear

    December 9, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    ESM is getting a solid talent in Jon Fogarty. He’s fast and a winner.

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