HOMESTEAD, Fla. - (March 1, 2001). Coming off a fourth in class finish at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Fla., last month, Jon Field, owner/driver of the No. 37 InterSport Racing Banana Joeâ€™s Island Party Judd-powered Lola B2K/10, has his eyes...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - (March 1, 2001). Coming off a fourth in class finish at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, Fla., last month, Jon Field, owner/driver of the No. 37 InterSport Racing Banana Joe’s Island Party Judd-powered Lola B2K/10, has his eyes on a podium spot at this weekend’s Nextel 250 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.
In all three of today’s practice sessions, Field (Dublin, Ohio) and his co-driver, Oliver Gavin (Northampton, England) had times that were consistently in the top three overall. The team hopes to maintain its momentum from last season and win some races.
Gavin was Field’s co-driver for five Grand Am races last season when the InterSport Racing Lola B2K/10 finished seventh or better in all but one of the races entered. Last season’s best was second place, just seconds behind the winning car, at the six-hour season finale, the Bosch Summerfest at the Glen (Watkins Glen, N. Y.).
Jon’s twin brother, Joel, and Jon’s son, 17-year old Clint, will share driving duties for the team’s second car, the No. 27 Ford Riley and Scott Mk III, which also sports the Banana Joe’s Island Party livery. Joel and Clint were co-drivers (with Jon) at the Rolex 24 where Clint earned a spot in the Daytona record books as the youngest person ever to have driven in and to have finished the Rolex 24.
Although both Joel (Marion, Ohio) and Clint (Dublin, Ohio) were driving on the 2.40-mile 14-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway road course for the first time, they were seventh quickest in the Sports Racer Prototype class in each of today’s three practice sessions. With more track time tomorrow, the team is looking for a top 10 finish for the No. 27 Riley and Scott along with some rookie-of-the-year points for Clint. Saturday’s Nextel 250 will be carried live on the Speedvision network beginning at 2 p.m. EST.
- Fran Baser