FORT WORTH, TEX. -- (September 2, 2000). After a weekend struggle with car set-up, the Banana Joe's Island Party InterSport Racing Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 could only manage a ninth place finish at the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Texas...
FORT WORTH, TEX. -- (September 2, 2000). After a weekend struggle with car set-up, the Banana Joe's Island Party InterSport Racing Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 could only manage a ninth place finish at the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Texas at the Texas Motor Speedway.
For Jon Field (Dublin, Ohio), owner/driver of InterSport, it was a disappointing weekend coming off a strong second place finish at the Six Hours at The Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y., just last weekend.
Saturday temperatures at the Texas Motor Speedway ranged from a record high of 108 F. to 97 F. at the finish of the race (10 p.m.). The high temperatures caused problems for the car, the drivers, and the crew, one of whom was given intravenous fluids to counteract the effects of the heat. It was the first race for the new Lola on a roval (combination of a high-speed oval and infield road course) which did not make the task any easier. "We were able to get the speed on the infield part of the track," said Field. "But we just couldn't get the set-up right on the banking."
Early in the race, Field was tapped and spun around by a slower car. Later, Field's co-driver, Rick Sutherland (Los Gatos, Calif.) had to pit for a flat tire. "There were rocks all over the infield", said Sutherland. "We would get a good clean line and then someone would go off and mess it up again."
InterSport will next race with the ALMS in Portland, Ore., next Sunday, September 10. The Portland International Raceway is a permanent road course and the team expects to do well there.