Homestead InterSport third and sixth on Nextel 250 Grid

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - (March 2, 2001). Driving with a broken shock absorber, Jon Field (Dublin, Ohio) qualified the No. 37 InterSport Racing Banana Joe’s Island Party Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 in the third spot on the grid, just .092 seconds behind...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - (March 2, 2001). Driving with a broken shock absorber, Jon Field (Dublin, Ohio) qualified the No. 37 InterSport Racing Banana Joe’s Island Party Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 in the third spot on the grid, just .092 seconds behind the second place car for Saturday’s Nextel 250 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race.

Field and his co-driver, Oliver Gavin (Northampton, England) still have their sights set on a win over the Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 2.40-mile, 14-turn road course. A victory would be the first for the InterSport team which has been a contender since mid-season last year.

Based on earlier practice times, Field had hoped to put his car on pole. "We just couldn’t get a good time," said Field. "But we’ve replaced the shock and we’re working on the set-up. We went out for the final practice after qualifying and were quickest in the session, so I think we have a realistic chance at a win. My parents (Richard and Jean Field, who live in LaRue, Ohio) are here and I’d really like to bring home a win for them."

Joel Field (Jon’s twin brother) qualified InterSport’s No. 28 Ford Riley and Scott Mk III in sixth place. "Based on our practice times, sixth is a good spot for us," said Joel. "We would hope to be better than that by the end of the race. We do have a good shot at fifth, but it would take some attrition to move us onto the podium. I’m pretty happy with the car and with Clint’s performance. It’s especially nice to put on a good show for Mom and Dad."

Clint Field (Jon’s 17-year old son) is Joel’s co-driver for Saturday’s race, which will be telecast live on the Speedvision network beginning at 2:00 p.m. EST. The three Fields were co-drivers in the recent Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, where they finished fourth. Clint made history as the youngest person to ever drive in that prestigious race.

- Fran Baser

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jon Field , Oliver Gavin , Clint Field