UK-based Californian, Liz Halliday, heads to the brand new Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City this weekend for round five of the American Le Mans Series. Along with her Intersport Racing co-driver, Clint Field, Liz leads the LMP2 class ...
UK-based Californian, Liz Halliday, heads to the brand new Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City this weekend for round five of the American Le Mans Series. Along with her Intersport Racing co-driver, Clint Field, Liz leads the LMP2 class drivers' championship by just five points from the factory Porsche squad of Saacha Maassen and Lucas Lurh. Despite scoring two superb class wins and two thirds in the opening four races, Halliday and Field are only too aware that their challenge to stay at the top of the table intensifies as the might of the Porsche rollercoaster roars on.
Halliday, who is tied for the most Series wins by a female driver (5), said: "Clint and I are under no illusion that to stay abreast of the two Porsche works cars for the remaining six races of the season is going to be hard, but we will do our best and keep on fighting! We had a tough weekend in Lime Rock and despite my contact with the wall towards the end of the race we still scored more points for the championship with a third place classification. So we are still well in the hunt and fully motivated, it would be great to beat at least one of those Penske - Porsches this weekend--.!"
Liz, who is also an international equestrian in Three Day Eventing, has been back in England recently for a one day event at Tweseldown in Hampshire, but is looking forward to getting back to business behind the wheel. "I'm really excited to be visiting Salt Lake City," says Liz, "the circuit is totally new, very long and by all accounts a real pleasure to drive -- I can't wait. I expect the weather will be very hot so it might be a hard race physically, but it's nothing we are not used to or prepared for."
Co-driver and Team Manager of Intersport Racing, Clint Field, said: "Salt Lake is a first for the ALMS championship and also for all of us here at Intersport. It's a new, state-of-the-art, permanent circuit -- very long at 4.5-miles, with 24-turns, so it should be a great! I am also pleased that all the teams will be starting from a level playing field with no previous experience of the circuit to rely on as I think this will play into our favour slightly and help us keep up with the Porsches -- never an easy task, but we'll be giving it everything!"
In the US, CBS Sports will televise the event on Sunday 16th July 2006, 12pm MST. For more information, please visit www.cbs.com
In Europe, the race will be broadcast on Motors TV at 6.30pm UK time on Sunday 16th July 2006. For more information, please visit www.motorstv.com.
Live coverage will be available at www.americanlemans.com with American Le Mans Radio and IMSA Live Timing & Scoring.