Tequila Patrón ESM Leaving Tudor USCC

Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports has decided to end its Tudor United SportsCar Championship interests immediately, and instead focus solely on the FIA World Endurance Championship.

ESM has had a challenging start to the 2015 Tudor USCC season, with no points at either the Rolex 24 at Daytona or the 12 Hours of Sebring. The team debuted their new Ligier JS P2 Hondas at the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps last weekend.

Team Manager Scott Sharp told www.Sportscar365.com: “I think there’s multiple reasons. One, we’ve been through quite a lot really. We’re on our third chassis. We ended up with no points at both Daytona and Sebring for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, so there’s no championship for us to run (anymore).”

Sharp estimates that the cost of transporting their cars to the Watkins Glen race from Europe could be as much as $300,000. He also believes that the turnaround between the Petit Le Mans (USCC and NAEC) and the 6 Hours of Fuji (WEC) would be too difficult for the team.

“In hindsight, given what we’ve been chosen to do this year, and focus on the WEC, I think it decided itself.”

The team will decide their 2016 plans in October and November, as the WEC season draws to a close. It appears as if Krohn Racing will also leave the USCC in order to concentrate on the European Le Mans Series.