Highcroft Racing announces exciting changes for the 2008 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) season. Scott Sharp will be joining the team and partnering with Le Mans-winning driver, David Brabham, with Patrón Spirits as the team’s title sponsor. Patrón Spirits is the distiller of Patrón Tequila, the world’s number-one selling ultra-premium tequila. The team will be known as Patrón Highcroft Racing. Highcroft Racing is a factory-backed team which campaigned an Acura ARX-01a in the LMP2 class in the 2007 ALMS season.Despite the fact he just hit the IRL eject button and took his super swell sponsor with him, it's difficult for me to be mad at the guy. (Bobby Rahal's mileage may vary, though.) Sure there's a certain melancholy feeling in the old cockles, but there's no throw-your-hands-up-in-disgust animosity, what with Scott being a 39-year-old veteran of 146(!) IndyCar races. He's got his $10 meeeellion in career earnings and I've got enough good memories to let go.
In moving from the IndyCar Series to the ALMS, Scott Sharp’s career has come full circle. Sharp began racing sports cars in the beginning of his professional career, and is returning to the arena once again. Sharp has won nine IndyCar events and has 35 top-five finishes in the Series. He holds the record of 138 consecutive IndyCar starts. In 1996, he was the IndyCar Series co-champion and also won the 24 Hours of Daytona. He is also a two-time Trans-Am champion, winning 15 races over three seasons.
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I mean, it's not like he recently won Indy or the series championship and bolted. Ahem. Anyhow, best of luck Scott, and remember that The Bobby has an ALMS team as well.