DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - (February 4, 2001). The Fields (Jon, Joel, Clint) and their co-driver, Sweden's Carl Rosenblad, finished fourth in the SportsRacer Prototype class in one of the top three endurance races in the world - the Rolex 24 at...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - (February 4, 2001). The Fields (Jon, Joel, Clint) and their co-driver, Sweden's Carl Rosenblad, finished fourth in the SportsRacer Prototype class in one of the top three endurance races in the world - the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.
For this, the 39th running of the Rolex 24, there were five classes, 79 cars and 310 drivers. Actor Paul Newman, at 76, was the oldest driver and Clint Field, at 17, goes into the Daytona record books as the youngest person ever to drive in the Rolex 24. And, as the youngest person ever to finish the race.
Clint, a high school junior in Dublin, Ohio, made history as he joined his father, Jon, and his uncle, Joe (Jon's twin brother). "When I got in the car, it had just started to rain and I was a bit nervous," said the teenager. "It was really, really slippery and I was still on slicks. I got a bit loose in the chicane and went into the grass. But then I settled down and things were fine until it got dark. Between the rain and the dark, it was a bit scary going into some of the turns, I just had to guess where the apex was. But, it was lots of fun."
Jon Field, of Dublin, Ohio, owner of the InterSport Banana Joe's Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 took the early lead in the race, only to drop back because of gearbox and clutch problems. Jon was very proud of his family. "Both Clint and Joe were tremendous in their first 24 hour race. This is my sixth Rolex 24 and I'd hoped for a win, but it wasn't to be," said Jon. "We were right up front at the beginning and then we had to pit several times for mechanical problems."
Uncle Joe, who lives in Marion, Ohio, had high praise for his nephew, "Clint is very confident. He's had to deal with a couple of different race conditions (with the rain and night driving) and I think he was tremendous." Much of the race on Daytona's 3.56 mile road course was run under less than ideal conditions, with intermittent heavy rain.
Clint will be driving with the InterSport team for the remainder of the season. Current plans pair Clint with his Uncle Joe in the team's second car, a Ford Riley and Scott Mk III, although both Clint and Joe will probably join Jon in the Lola for the March 17th 12 Hours at Sebring (Fla.) which, along with the Le Mans (France) 24-hour race in June are the other to premier sports car events.