ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 9, 2000) - Jon Field, of Dublin, Ohio and co-driver Oliver Gavin, of Northampton, England took fifth overall in the new Banana Joe's Island Party InterSport Racing Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 at the Sargento Road America 500.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (July 9, 2000) - Jon Field, of Dublin, Ohio and co-driver Oliver Gavin, of Northampton, England took fifth overall in the new Banana Joe's Island Party InterSport Racing Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 at the Sargento Road America 500. It was Round Eight of the Grand American Road Racing Association season. The team took delivery of the car this past week, just in time for the 500-mile race on the 14-turn Road America course near Elkhart Lake.
Right out of the box, the car was quick. Throughout the weekend, Field, team owner/driver, and Gavin ran consistently in the top three during practice. Because of weather conditions, Saturday's qualifying session was cancelled. Had race officials used the same formula to set the grid as they used during last week's Daytona race, when the qualifying session was also canceled, the No. 37 car would have started in third place. Instead, the car was relegated to seventh place on the grid.
Field started the race and had another of his stellar starts, passing three cars before Turn 1. By the time he completed his first lap, he was up to third place, behind the No. 16 Dyson entry driven by James Weaver and the No. 27 Doran entry driven by Didier Theys. Working Lap 3, he passed Theys to take over second spot and was threatening to overtake Weaver for several laps. On Lap 8, Field managed a spectacular outside pass on Weaver going through the carousel section of the track.
Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived as the pack started to encounter traffic, but Field, and later Gavin, continued to keep the car in contention for a podium finish, until a Lap 101 spin by Field put him in the gravel in Turn 6. At the time, the car was running fourth overall. Field's spin was caused by oil laid down from an earlier incident in Turn 5. By the time the car was pulled out, all hopes for a podium finish were ended for the day.
The race was won by the No. 27 (Mauro Baldi, Didier Theys, and Freddy Leinhard driving) with second place going to the No. 12 Risi Competizione entry driven by Mimmo Schiattarella and Eric van de Poele and third going to the No. 20 Dyson entry driven by Elliot Forbes-Robinson, Rob Dyson, and John Paul Jr.
The next Grand American race for InterSport Racing will be July 30 at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, CANADA.