Intersport Racing Heads West On A Mission When ...
Intersport Racing Heads West On A Mission
When #37 Lenco Mobile Intersport Racing AER powered Lola hits the track for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila Patron at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, expect fast. Expect real fast.
The 2.23 mile track, set in the dunes of the Monterey Peninsula, California, is arguably one of the greatest road courses in North America and a favorite among drivers and fans alike. This year's race will offer a couple of new twists over past American Le Mans Series events in that the previous four hour format has been extended to six hours. With the sun setting around 7PM, the race will run into the night with a scheduled 8:30PM finish. In addition, formerly the final round of the series in October, this year's event is being held in May.
Regardless, everyone is anticipating the same action on the track with class battles going down to the wire. Intersport is confident they have the team, car and speed to get to the front.
"I love this track," said Jon Field. "I think the track fits our car very well. It's a track that allows good racing and plenty of speed. There are several good long straights and corners that allow you to really carry your speed. If you get your corners right you're heading into those straight sections just that much faster. Plus-- it's just out and out fun."
Nikolas Konstant will get his first start in the #37 car joining Clint and Jon for the six hour event. Nik had a great test in the car earlier this week and his looking forward to working with the team at Mazda Raceway.
"We're really happy with the car," noted Team Manager, Brian Alder. "We had a solid day of testing this week in preparation for the race. The car and drivers performed flawlessly. I think if we stick to our strategy and run the first five hours clean and keep out of trouble, we've got the car and the speed to go to the front in the final hour. We're ready for them. Running on this track for six hours requires a cool head and a lot of patience. A wheel off here will put you down a half dozen laps in no time at all. We'll be talking to the drivers all the way around."
Unlike last year, the ALMS will run a merged class for the LMP1 and LMP2 cars. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca offers no distinct advantage to either. In 2009, the average speed for LMP1 was 93.658 mph while the LMP2 fastest time was 93.654. The combined class should provide a great show for the fans.
In the #89 Quicksilver Intersport Racing LMPC car, drivers Brian Wong and Mitch Pagerey will be joined by David Ducote. After struggling with the car mechanically at Sebring, the team enjoyed a solid run at Long Beach. Likewise, they expect to challenge the leaders at Mazda Raceway.
"I am really looking forward to running at Mazda Raceway," said Brian Wong. "We're finally going to a track where I have raced before! I like the rhythm, flow, and elevation changes that Laguna offers. It's definitely one of my favorite tracks. With the first two tracks behind us, Laguna should show what we have for the rest of the season. Laguna Seca has been good to me in the past, so I'm hoping to bring some success."
Mitch Pagerey agreed. "I'm looking forward to returning to Mazda Raceway. I have had some good results here in the past. And, Brian [Wong] is very good here. The track is awesome and a lot of fun to drive. I think it should be well suited to the LMPC cars. This is the race we plan on getting to the podium."
"The team has improved with each race," added David Ducote. "I am confident we will bring a competitive LMPC effort this week. I am excited to rejoin my teammates. Like them, I really enjoy the track and am really looking forward to the challenge.