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Old 07-17-2018, 01:28 PM
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https://racer.com/2018/07/16/patron-...-at-years-end/

Tequila Patrón has announced that it will depart from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, both as a team sponsor and a series sponsor, following the conclusion of the 2018 season. The decision brings to an end a long and successful racing involvement for the brand, which has backed winning cars in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. In association with Extreme Speed Motorsports, it competed on an international level in GT cars and Prototypes, in the American Le Mans Series, FIA World Endurance Championship, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as at the Indianapolis 500 with ESM owner/driver Scott Sharp.

“On behalf of the entire Extreme Speed Motorsports organization, it has been an honor to represent such an amazing brand for the past 13 years!” said Sharp. “I have the deepest gratitude for all of [Patrón CEO] Ed Brown’s support. Together we have tackled various challenges, won races at each step, and built ESM into such an incredible team. Simultaneously, it has been thrilling to watch Ed and his team build the Patrón brand in a meteoric fashion and along the way become an icon in the motorsports world! We will miss not carrying the now infamous green and black livery, but the same passion for excellence will remain!”

Extreme Speed Motorsports confirmed it will continue in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and is “actively pursuing sponsors to join our program in Tequila Patron’s stead for the 2019 season and beyond.”

In a statement following the announcement, IMSA President Scott Atherton offered his thanks to the company for its longtime involvement in the sport.

“IMSA and Patrón Spirits have enjoyed a fantastic partnership for more than a decade. Tequila Patrón rose through the IMSA ranks, from a high-profile team sponsor with Patrón Highcroft Racing beginning in 2008, through its entitlement sponsorship of the Patrón GT3 Challenge starting in 2009, and its presenting sponsorship of the American Le Mans Series beginning in 2010,” Atherton noted. “Tequila Patrón continued in a prominent position as the American Le Mans Series merged with GRAND-AM to create the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and has been our entitlement partner for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup since 2014 in addition to its longstanding support of the Tequila Patrón ESM race team and its pair of Nissan DPi race cars.

“All associated with IMSA – competitors, promoter partners, series officials and fans – will miss the iconic Tequila Patrón brand next year. On behalf of IMSA, we thank CEO Ed Brown and Tequila Patrón for all they have done over the many years to help us grow IMSA and the sport as a whole. We’re more proud than words can express to have counted Tequila Patrón among our family of premium brand partners.

“Tequila Patrón’s involvement on-and-off the track has been a benchmark example by every measure. We will look forward to finishing up our 2018 season in the strongest and most successful way possible and will look forward to the opportunity to work together again in the future.”
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Old 07-17-2018, 07:57 PM
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Love the Patron cars. Still have my Highcroft Acura model on my desk.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:28 AM
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Watkins Glen Int'l Ferrari Challenge



Tech inspection time


Cooper McNeil last lap headed in to Turn 11 viewed from the Jackie Stewart Stand-WGI.


an expensive pile of Ferrari garbage secondary to being crashed hard


view from top row of Stewart stand looking towards garages, front straight and media center.



new steel sculpture done by a local metalworks company

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Thanks, Chief. Great pictures.
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Chief, nice pic of you in front the course sculpture
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:21 PM
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Thank you kind sir!
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Wait, that's Chief in front of the sculpture. I thought the person was the sculpture.






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https://racer.com/2018/08/10/detroit...at-least-2021/

The Detroit Grand Prix cleared its final hurdle to continue, and has been confirmed for 2019-2021 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). Options for 2022 and 2023 were also included in the new contract.

With its confirmation, the only question mark on IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar has been confirmed as the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear will return May 31-June 2, 2019, with the Verizon IndyCar Series as the featured participant.

As part of the agreement, the Detroit Grand Prix Association will further reduce the event’s impact on the island by trimming setup and teardown days. Hosting fees will more than double for the event as well, climbing from $200,000 to $450,000.

“We are excited that the Detroit Grand Prix will continue at Belle Isle for the next several years and we want to thank the State of Michigan for working with us on this new agreement, as well as our partners with City of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservancy,” said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Grand Prix.

“This event means so much to Detroit, to Windsor and our entire community. We are proud to showcase the beauty of Belle Isle around the world every year and to make such a positive impact on the local economy with over $50 million in total spending generated annually as a result of the Grand Prix. Most importantly, we want to continue our goal of improving Belle Isle Park.

“The Grand Prix has made over $13.5 million in improvements on the island over the last decade and we know there’s still a lot more work that needs to be done. Our team looks forward to building on all of the positive momentum and being part of the remarkable renaissance going on at Belle Isle.”
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Petit LeMans this weekend!!

Should be good....
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Old 10-13-2018, 01:12 PM
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Watched the first 2.5 hours, so far, so good. Turn 3 catching a few out though including JPM.
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Loved it, spent the whole day yesterday watching it. It's the last race on 'Speed' with the Speed guys so it was really cool.

And it gets REALLY good. Like all the way to the end, like ALL the way. So epic. Loved the whole 10hrs.
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The Speed fire suit was a good touch.
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Old 10-18-2018, 09:57 AM
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Haa! Yea!

They had a good time, it was good to reminisce on some good past events....
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Old 11-27-2018, 03:19 PM
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Confirmed!


This should be sick.
That's my team anyways, the Taylor's live here in Altamonte Springs (Orlando).
We've bumped into each other at Chipotle a couple of times. They love that place.
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Old 11-28-2018, 06:21 PM
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Brother told me about this a couple days ago, that would be a smoking great time to see him run. Maybe he can make the 6 Hour race at the Glen next year.
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It was awesome last year, my daughters and I bumped into him real quick in the pits.

Hoping for the same in 2 months!
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We sat next to Alonso and Jarno Trulli in a Indianapolis restaurant early 2000's USGP F1 weekend. I said hi and wished them both good luck, shook their hands and left. I'd love to meet him again as I think he is one driver who should have at least 4 titles but for his ill-planned movements from bad team to worse.
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That's killer! I bumped into a few drivers in Indy as well, good times.

I so agree with you. i went through a few rough years with him getting the shaft.

I think maybe '10 or '12? Where he was stuck behind Petrov I think it was - one point from championship. I was devastated.

The only driver that I've talked to extensively is Rubens, he has a house here in Orlando and frequents Orlando Kart Center (my 2nd home when I got a divorce) where I've been beat by his son. lol
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I've spoken with a lot of drivers: Derek Bell, Jackie Stewart, JV, Piquet, Sr., Nigel, Coulthard, Mario, Michael A., Dale E., Tommy Kendall, Kevin Harvick, Scott Pruett (great guy), and Justin Wilson (even better guy), amongst others. I hit every one of them with "what was the most enjoyable car you ever drove?" Makes for some interesting convo
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