INTERSPORT READY FOR ANOTHER GO AT ST. PETERSBURG Present at the first race in the history of the American Le Mans Series, Intersport Racing will be on the grid for the Series' 101st all-time event. The popular Ohio-based team will be has...
INTERSPORT READY FOR ANOTHER GO AT ST. PETERSBURG
Present at the first race in the history of the American Le Mans Series, Intersport Racing will be on the grid for the Series' 101st all-time event. The popular Ohio-based team will be has entered its AER-powered Lola B06/10 in LMP1 for this weekend's Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg. Clint and Jon Field will start the season's first street race alongside Chapman Ducote.
"If you would have asked me five years ago where I wanted to be at the top of my career I would have told you without any hesitation, 'In an LMP1 car'," said Ducote, who raced an Aston Martin DBR9 in GT1 last season. "These cars are truly amazing and probably the most technically advanced race cars on the planet next to a Formula 1 car."
Intersport Racing is the only team in history to have fielded prototype entries in each of the new 11 American Le Mans Series seasons. With 21 American Le Mans Series victories, Intersport ranks fifth among all teams and third among prototype entrants. It won the 2005 LMP2 team championship with Clint Field winning his first driver championship; at 21 he is the youngest prototype champion in IMSA history. Jon Field won the P675 title in 2002.
Intersport also is one of two teams to win races in two prototype classes, the latest a P1 victory at Detroit in 2008.
"We always have prided ourselves on competing with the stiffest competition and we're proud to say this year will be no different," Clint Field said. "Chapman has proven himself to be more than capable of taking on this completely new challenge and we look forward to his contributions this season."
Primary sponsors Strategic Air and Merchant Services LTD both have multi- year sponsorship agreements with Ducote. "We are delighted to be a part of Chapman's motorsports efforts in the American Le Mans Series" said Keith St. Clair, President, CEO of Strategic Air. "The American Le Mans Series presents us a perfect demographic to market our core products which are jet charter, aircraft maintenance and the world renowned Strategic Air limitless sky card."
Strategic Air is a full service private Jet Company based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Its services include Jet Charter, Air Craft Management and Jet Card ownership opportunities. With a fleet that consists mainly of Hawkers and Gulfstreams, Strategic Air is well positioned to accomplish any flight mission a client may have. It has been in business for over 20 years and have an Argus Gold safety rating by the FAA, which is the highest safety rating in the aviation industry.
The Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg is the second round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series. The green flag is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 4 from the St. Petersburg street circuit. ABC Sports will televise the race live beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET Live Timing & Scoring and American Le Mans Radio can be found at the new americanlemans.com. Satellite radio subscribers can hear the race live from 1 to 3:30 p.m. ET on XM Channel 244 and Sirius Channel 126.
The race also will mark the first street race for the MICHELIN® Green X® Challenge. For tickets, visit americanlemans.com or gpstpete.com.