ALMS AT MID-OHIO A CHANCE FOR CLINT FIELD TO SHINE AT HOME Clint Field Looks To Continue Winning Ways In New Lola At Mid-Ohio Braselton, Ga. - Clint Field insists this is just another race, and he is treating it as such. But the American Le...
ALMS AT MID-OHIO A CHANCE FOR CLINT FIELD TO SHINE AT HOME
Clint Field Looks To Continue Winning Ways In New Lola At Mid-Ohio
Braselton, Ga. - Clint Field insists this is just another race, and he is treating it as such. But the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, Round 3 of the 2005 American Le Mans Series, on May 20-22 holds a couple of significant notes for the young Ohio driver, who will pilot the No. 37 AER-powered Telesis Intersport Racing Lola B05/40.
For one, the 2.25-mile, 13-turn road course sits only about 45 miles from his team's headquarters in Dublin, Ohio. It's a chance for Field to sleep in his own bed during race week for a change. Second, he is one of the defending race winners, having piloted his Lola to an LMP2 victory last year with Robin Liddell. Field's car was strong enough to post a five-lap victory.
But again, he insists that this is nothing special. He did, though, mention one more time how much he was looking forward to being at home this week.
"It's just a regular race for me," the 21-year-old Field said. "We never went there a lot or tested. We'll have a few more people come than normal. That's about it."
After a disappointing start to the season at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, in which his car completed only 62 laps before electrical problems ended its day, Field rebounded with father Jon for a convincing victory at the Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta. The No. 37 car clearly was the class of the field, no pun intended, and was nearly two seconds better in practice and qualifying than the second-fastest LMP2 car.
"The biggest gain was getting to know the car," Field said. "It got delivered at Sebring, and the first laps were there. Knowing the car is important, and I think you will see a bigger gain from Atlanta to Ohio because we have had more time with the car."
Clint Field said the difference between the No. 37 and the No. 30 Lola B2K/40 lies in the engine, which he says gives the new car more power. A new chassis helps, too, he added.
"It's just a different car," he said. "You've got a Judd in one and an AER in the other. The new car obviously is a lot better. It's a better overall handling car, too. The new car is a completely carbon fiber tub and chassis. The other car is a different build. That changes the rigidity of the chassis and the handling of the car."
The American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio is set for noon EDT May 22 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. CBS Sports will broadcast the event from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT, and live coverage will be available on American Le Mans Series Radio at www.americanlemans.com.