GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 5, 2010) — Extreme Speed Motorsport, a new American Le Mans Series (ALMS) team, has opted for Michelin race tires for its inaugural season racing Ferrari 430GTs in the series' GT2 class.
The decision by Stuart, Fla.-based Extreme Speed Motorsport expands Michelin Motorsports' roster this year to four teams and seven cars in that class heading into the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring (Fla.) March 20.
Although the team is new to the ALMS, its owner, Scott Sharp, isn't. Mr. Sharp has been active in the ALMS' prototype classes for two years and last year won the LMP1 class driving for the PatrÃ³n Highcroft Racing Acura team.
Extreme Speed Motorsports will race a pair of Ferrari 430GTs with sponsorship backing from tequila purveyor Patron Spirits. Mr. Sharp's co-driver will be six-time GT2 class winner Johannes van Overbeek, while ALMS veteran Guy Cosmo teams with GT3 graduate Ed Brown in the team's second Ferrari F430.
Extreme Speed is one of nine teams vying for this year's GT2 championship. The teams represent six car makers—BMW (M3), Chevrolet (Corvette), Ferrari (430GT), Ford (GT), Jaguar (XKRS) and Porsche (911 GT3 RSR)—and four tire manufacturers—Dunlop, Falken, Michelin and Yokohama.
Michelin's other GT2 class teams are: 2007 GT2 class winners Risi Competizione Ferrari, returning for a fourth season on Michelin rubber; two-time defending GT2 class champion Flying Lizard Motorsports with a pair of Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs; and Corvette Racing, which switched its Corvette C6.Rs to the GT2 class midway through last year after winning the now-phased-out GT1 class several years running.