Just three rounds remain in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and Tequila Patrón ESM is looking to wrap up the season with a final charge to the top of the field, starting with the 6 Hours of Fuji. The Florida based team currently stand fourth in the LMP2 team point standings, with drivers of the No. 31 Nissan Ligier, Ryan Dalziel, Chris Cumming, and Pipo Derani also in fourth in the driver championship.
I love Fuji and the people of Japan. They are some of the best fans we get to see in the season. That, and a fantastic venue make this one of my favorite events on the WEC calendar. We have switched back to Dunlop tires for this event, so it will be good to hopefully get some speed back in our Patrón ESM Ligier for these final races of 2016. COTA wasn’t what we hoped for, but I have a good feeling about Fuji. It will be sad not having my good friends and teammates, Ed, Scott, and Johannes in the 30 car alongside us this weekend, so we will be trying our best to get the result for those guys too.
We are looking forward to the cooler temperatures expected for Fuji, as our car and tires should be better suited to those conditions. I really enjoyed Japan last year, but I’m going to miss our regular teammates in the #30 car.
I’m looking forward to race one more time here in Japan, where the racing fans are so supportive and nice. I can’t wait for a good race, especially as we are going back to Dunlop rubber, we should be back in the fight right away! Hopefully we can be back at the podium after a difficult race in Austin.