PORTLAND, ORE. -- (September 10, 2000). The Banana Joe's Island Party InterSport Racing Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 driven by Jon Field and Rick Sutherland started 10th and finished ninth at the American Le Mans Series Rose City Grand Prix of ...
PORTLAND, ORE. -- (September 10, 2000). The Banana Joe's Island Party InterSport Racing Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 driven by Jon Field and Rick Sutherland started 10th and finished ninth at the American Le Mans Series Rose City Grand Prix of Portland. The race, on the 1.944 mile permanent road course at the Portland International Raceway, was run under the threat of rain, with temperatures in the low 60's.
Field (Dublin, Ohio) said, "It was a steady race and we were happy to have finished with the problems we've had this weekend." The team, struggling with getting the right set-up for the track and with lack of grip, also had to contend with local noise abatement regulations at the track, a problem shared with other Judd-powered cars. "We've proven the reliability of the Lola and are now looking forward to spending some time with our families before getting back to racing," continued Field. "It has been a tough three weeks on the road for the guys (referring to back-to-back races at Watkins Glen, N.Y., Fort Worth, Tex., and Portland, Ore.) and they need some time off."
With many cars sustaining significant damage in numerous bumping incidents and off-track excursions around the narrow Portland course, the InterSport car came out of the race unscathed. "The only problem I had," said Sutherland (Los Gatos, Calif.), "was when my visor kept fogging up and I had to drive with one hand while holding the visor open to try to clear it."
The Portland race was televised live on NBC. It will be re-broadcast on the Speedvision network on September 16 at noon EDT. The next race for InterSport will be the 1,000 mile, 10 hour (whichever comes first) Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on September 30.