On Sunday August the 06th, Nissan power claimed victory with Pipo Derani & Johannes van Overbeek taking the No.22 ESM team machine to the top spot in the Road America round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Both Nissan-powered Onroak entries finished on the podium with Scott Sharp & Ryan Dalziel finishing the day in third place.
The two cars were in contention throughout the day on the picturesque 4.0-mile Road America circuit. In a two hour & 40-minute race, Derani made the key move on a restart with 37 minutes remaining. He drafted up behind championship leader Jordan Taylor & then made the pass around the outside into turn one.
At the time the move was for second place, but the race leader was out of sequence & needed to pit allowing Derani victory – the first for the Nissan-powered Onroak Daytona Prototype International chassis.
Derani said :
“To win at Road America is amazing. Hopefully this is just the beginning. It was really important on the restart because Road America is such a high speed track. Every time we tried to get close to the guy in front we would lose the aero & it is really hard during green flag laps. I knew I had to use the restart to try to get really close to him & try a pass. Fortunately, I got a good exit out of the last corner & I managed to use the tow all the way down to the first corner. I was able to make the pass on the outside, which is very nice. It was the move that got us the win today. I’m really proud that we managed to put ourselves in position to win today.”