SONOMA, Calif.- Intersport Racing took third in the LMP675 class after they went from 4th on the grid to last by the end of the first lap of the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point.
Jon Field and Rick Sutherland handled the driving, with Sutherland taking the rain-soaked first stint. The pair finished third in the LMP675 class and 23rd overall, completing 72 laps.
At the start of the 2-hour, 45-minute race, the #37 Banana Joe's Lola EX257/AER MG had an electrical problem, but the team was able to make repairs and return to the track at about the fifth lap.
"We've just got some things to learn about the car," said Field. "It's pretty frustrating sitting in the pits, but when the car ran it was awesome. It was one of the fastest cars on the racetrack, which is something nice to take home with us."
"As usual, Jon did a great job and it was a good race for him," said Sutherland, who hails from nearby Los Gatos and calls Sears Point his home track. "For me, the car was just too stiff for the wet conditions I was running in, so I had a hard time out there. But all I wanted to do was run my stint and make sure I brought the car home in one piece."
More information, including audio updates from Field and Sutherland, can be found on Intersport's website at www.IntersportRacing.com. Sutherland Racing's website is at www.SutherlandRacing.com.