Long Beach: Kumho race report

Intersport takes third in LMP1 at Long Beach Loose light box knocks B-K out of contention in LMP2 RANCHO CUCAMNOGA, CA,...Intersport Racing drivers Jon and Clint Field took their third podium finish of the season in LMP1, placing third Saturday...

Intersport takes third in LMP1 at Long Beach
Loose light box knocks B-K out of contention in LMP2

RANCHO CUCAMNOGA, CA,...Intersport Racing drivers Jon and Clint Field took their third podium finish of the season in LMP1, placing third Saturday evening at the American Le Mans Series race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

In its second race on Kumho's new LMP1 tire, the Intersport team ran a clean race on the tight street circuit that saw the lighter, nimbler LMP2 cars finish in the top six positions overall.

Kumho will have a new version of its LMP1 tire for Intersport at next week's Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston, and Kumho motorsports manager Rudy Consolacion expects the company's LMP1 tire program to begin progressing quickly.

"With four races in five weeks, we haven't had time to test with Intersport and its new Judd-powered Creation," pointed out Consolacion. "We'll do a private test after Houston, and that should help us figure out a tire compound and construction that will work well with the Creation."

In LMP2, B-K Motorsports' new Mazda started last in the 26-car field at Long Beach after an electrical problem prevented the car from completing a qualifying lap. But running on new softer-compound Kumhos, driver Ben Devlin made one of the best drives of the day, charging from last to third in class and third overall.

Devlin ran with the leaders for several laps until the box that controls the ALMS Leader Light System came loose in the cockpit and knocked an electrical connection loose. Devlin coasted into the pits but stopped a few hundred yards from the B-K pit box. B-K crewmembers ran to the car and pushed it back to the B-K pit box. The team lost 10 laps while the problem was resolved, and Jamie Bach climbed into the car and joined the race with a fresh set of Kumhos and a full load of fuel. The B-K team finished eighth in LMP2.

After running at the front of the grid, Devlin was disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance of the B-K car and the Kumhos.

"We took a bit of a gamble going with this new softer compound," said Devlin. "We were a bit worried whether it was going to work for a longer stint, but they held up great and the tires were fantastic. It was real nice to be running with the guys and to chase them down and see where we're quicker than them."

Notes: At the Le Mans Series Monza 1000KM over the weekend, Binnie Motorsports finished third in the nine-car LMP2 field. "We could not be more pleased with our sponsorship from Kumho and we think our pace was excellent, and our tires performed brilliantly - we are really delighted with their performance," said team principal Bill Binnie. Kruse Motorsports, also running on Kumhos, finished fifth in LMP2 at Monza

-credit: kumho

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Series ALMS
Drivers Clint Field