Jon Field Fastest at Daytona Rolex 24 test

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - (January 6, 2001). Jon Field, Dublin, Ohio, driving the InterSport Banana Joe's Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 set the fastest time of the three-day, eight-session Rolex 24 test at Daytona International Speedway. His fast...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - (January 6, 2001). Jon Field, Dublin, Ohio, driving the InterSport Banana Joe's Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 set the fastest time of the three-day, eight-session Rolex 24 test at Daytona International Speedway. His fast lap was set on the very first session on Thursday morning. Field had a time of 1:40.494 (127.530 mph) around the 3.56 mile Daytona road course.

Second quickest was the Dyson Racing Ford Riley & Scott with a lap of 1:41.210 (126.628 mph) in the Saturday morning session. Field also had the third quickest time of the test during the Friday morning session, 1:41.549 (126.205 mph). The InterSport team did not participate in either of the two Saturday sessions.

InterSport Racing plans to enter the No. 37 Lola in the Rolex 24 on February 3-4, 2001. Jon Field will be joined by his 17-year old son, Clint, and his twin brother Joel. "Clint's times are not that far behind mine", said Field. "We've done a lot of testing during the off-season and Clint is ready to move up to the Judd Lola. I'm really looking forward to the race with my brother and son as co-drivers."

Clint, at 17, will be the youngest driver ever to run in the Rolex 24. He is one month and 12 days younger than Gunnar Jeannette was when he ran a Porsche GT3R in the GT class for the 2000 Rolex 24. Clint will be driving in the elite SRP (Sports Racer Prototype) class, against cars piloted by some of the world's top sports car drivers - quite an accomplishment for one so young.

Now a high-school junior, Clint had his first professional race in June, 2000, just weeks before his 17th birthday. He drove a uncompetitive Camaro in the Motorola Cup race at Mid-Ohio (Lexington, Ohio). He also drove in an ARCA race at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisc.) in July, 2000.

On driving the Lola, Clint said, "It's a lot of fun. There was a lot of traffic out there but I tried to not let it bother me. Once I got into a rhythm, my lap times dropped and I was quite comfortable in the car." Until this weekend, Clint had been testing the team's other car, a Ford Riley and Scott Mk III, an older prototype chassis.

-Fran Baser

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