David Brabham and Anthony Lazzaro will join Extreme Speed Motorsports‘ (ESM) pair of prototypes for the 12 Hours of Sebring.
The team also made changes to their driver line up in accordance with IMSA driver classification rules. ESM driver/owner Scott Sharp will remain in the #01 Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b and will be joined by Guy Cosmo, a proven American Le Mans Series (ALMS) LMP2 race winner.
Ed Brown will be joined by Johannes van Overbeek, who celebrated his century of ALMS starts in 2012.
The Sebring event, held in March, will see David Brabham join the pair in the #01 car, the first time Brabham has driven for ESM since the 2009 ALMS P1 championship season, where they finished fifth at Sebring.
“I am really excited to be joining Extreme Speed Motorsports, Tequila Patrón and my old teammate Scott Sharp.” said Brabham “Patrón, Scott and I were the most successful Honda/HPD combination in the American Le Mans Series and it is great to be back with old friends.
ESM has done a great job in a short period of time they have been around, as last year’s success in the GT category proved. The step up to P2 is a challenging one, but I have every confidence in the team to succeed.”
Lazzaro will take his place alongside van Overbeek and Brown in the #02 car. Lazzaro raced for ESM in 2012’s Sebring and Road Atlanta events in the #02 Ferrari F458 Italia. The 2013 event at Sebring will be Lazzaro’s first race in an LMP2 car since the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2002.
“To go from GT to P2 is a big change for the team and very cool to see Scott and Tequila Patrón back in prototypes, back to their roots in ALMS racing.” said Lazzaro “I’m happy to be part of it. I really love the team. They’ve made me feel welcome since day one. I consider those guys a lot of close friends now.”