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Nato replaces Giovinazzi at ESM for Petit Le Mans

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Nato replaces Giovinazzi at ESM for Petit Le Mans
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Oct 2, 2018, 3:23 PM

European Le Mans Series race winner Norman Nato has signed with Tequila Patrón ESM to replace Antonio Giovinazzi in the #2 Nissan Onroak DPi in next week’s Petit Le Mans.

Due to his commitments to the Sauber Formula 1 team, Giovinazzi withdrew from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale, allowing Nato to join Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel in the No. 2 Nissan.

“Tequila Patrón ESM is excited to welcome Norman to our lineup for Petit Le Mans,” said team owner Sharp. “He has shown great speed at each level in his climb up the motorsports ladder, particularly his last season in P2.

“Norman will acclimate quickly to our Nissan DPi and help greatly towards a repeat win!”

Nato made his sportscar racing debut in the ELMS this year, winning the opening race at Paul Ricard. With another podium finish at the Red Bull Ring, Nato sits third in the LMP2 championship, and second in the team championship with Racing Engineering.

The driver lineup for ESM’s #22 car remains as planned, with Timo Bernhard joining fulltime drivers Johannes van Overbeek and Pipo Derani for the 10-hour endurance event.

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Series IMSA
Teams ESM Racing
Author David Malsher-Lopez