Third Time's A Charm As Intersport Racing Podiums At Long Beach And Readies For Houston Detroit - For the third consecutive time in the 2007 American Le Mans Series season, the ...
Third Time's A Charm As Intersport Racing Podiums At Long Beach And Readies For Houston
Detroit - For the third consecutive time in the 2007 American Le Mans Series season, the #37 Very Berry Judd powered Creation /CA06H LMP1 of Intersport Racing climbed the LMP1 podium. This time it was for the American Le Mans Series' inaugural visit to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
"We're making progress in the right direction" said Crew Chief, Brian Alder. "The Long Beach street course is not the ideal place for the larger LMP1 cars, but in our case it still provides an opportunity to learn more about the car and understand how it reacts to the changes we make."
"Clint ran well during the last stint," noted Alder. "Late in the race he called in about a vibration in the right front, so rather than take an chances we pulled him in and made a quick tire change. We haven't had a chance to investigate the cause yet."
The Long Beach Saturday race witnessed a domination by the smaller, lighter LMP2 class with Penske/Porsche taking the overall win.
This was Intersport's second race with Kumho's new LMP1 tire. Kumho will have a new version of its LMP1 tire for Intersport at next week's Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston, and Kumho motorsports manager Rudy Consolacion expects the company's LMP1 tire program to begin progressing quickly.
"With four races in five weeks, we haven't had time to test with Intersport and its new Judd-powered Creation," pointed out Consolacion. "We'll do a private test after Houston, and that should help us figure out a tire compound and construction that will work well with the Creation."
Co-drivers, Clint and Jon Field were very positive about the weekend.
"We're well aware of the challenge," noted Clint. "We're very realistic of the resources available to us and how we intend to grow our LMP1 program. It's pretty obvious we'd like to be faster, but at the same time, we're putting the Creation chassis and Kuhmo's tire in situations where they have absolutely no history. So in that context, we're pleased with our progress."
The next round of the American Le Mans Series is The Grand Prix of Houston and will start at 5:30 PM (CT), Saturday, April 21.