Renewed Efforts Stifled by Bad Luck, Intersport Looks To End Season On A High Note
Detroit -- As the 2007 American Le Mans Series Championship moves from Road Atlanta to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Intersport Racing finds themselves chasing the clock in an effort just to make the year-end finale.
Though the team made great strides with their newly acquired Lola, an early race incident at Petit Le Mans left the team scrambling to recover.
"Purely a racing incident," commented team owner and driver, Clint Field. "It was unavoidable... I came up on two cars spinning and my only option was to gather the car up and put it into a slide. We almost dodged it, but as luck would have it, I got sideways and caught the rear end of the Fernandez Racing Acura. At point of impact I couldn't have been doing more than 45 mph, but the hit came right in the center of the car and did serious damage to the tub."
The crew immediately packed up and was on the road back to their Dublin, Ohio race shop in an effort to get the car repaired. In short, the team had about 4 days to do what would normally take two months.
The LMP1 Lola was showing massive potential in its short appearance at Petit Le Mans. From the drop of the green flag, Jon Field was slicing is way through the field with authority.
"The car is great," noted Jon. "I think there's a lot of potential here. I had no problem putting the car where I needed. It cornered extremely well and demonstrated terrific straight line speed. I'm really happy driving it."
Crew Chief, Brian Alder concurred. "The car responded very well to the changes we made throughout the week. It was very predictable... we got comfortable knowing that the changes we made would have the results we expected. Plus, the car is very easy to work on. It's laid out very well."
While disappointed with the turn of events at Petit, the team hopes to be rewarded for their efforts with a podium finish at Laguna.
"The guys have done an amazing job of getting us ready," said Clint. "We want to end the season with a good run and collect information about the car so we can improve for 2008. But, for sure, we'd like to see the crew rewarded for their hard work. They put forth an Herculean effort to get us here this week. I'm amazed."