Buckeye State to be well represented at Mid-Ohio this weekend. DUBLIN, Ohio (June 27, 2002) - Spectators visiting the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend may recognize a familiar face or two when walking through the paddock area. Competitors...
Buckeye State to be well represented at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
DUBLIN, Ohio (June 27, 2002) - Spectators visiting the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend may recognize a familiar face or two when walking through the paddock area. Competitors with ties from Cleveland to Cincinnati are scheduled to race in the upcoming American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio weekend, June 28-30.
Leading the charge will be the Intersport Racing team from Dublin, Ohio. The Field family, who owns and operates Intersport Racing, will have three family members driving in the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio race. Jon Field, the CEO of Intersport Racing, will be behind the wheel of the Banana Joe's Lola 675, along with his son Clint Field. This will be the first time that both Jon and Clint have raced together in the same car this season.
Jon Field has consistently proven his ability to outperform his competitors in the American Le Mans series, finishing in the top ten in more then half his starts. Clint Field started his racing career at the age of 16 and became the youngest driver to compete and finish the 24 hours of Daytona at age 17. Clint, who graduated just three weeks ago from Dublin Coffman High School, will make a run for the checkered flag with his dad in the 675 Prototype class. Beside them in the team's second Lola 675 will be Jon's identical twin brother, Joe Field. Joe is now in his third year with the team. He currently lives in Marion, Ohio.
B.J. Zacharias, of Cincinnati, is no stranger to Mid-Ohio, winning back-to-back SCCA national amateur championships in 1997 and 1998 in the Valvoline Runoffs*. Zacharias returns this weekend to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to compete in the American Le Mans Series GT Class driving for team Porsche, which is coming off a class win in the recent 24 hours of Le Mans.
Randy Ruhlman, a Cleveland, Ohio native, represents the northern part of the state this weekend as he drives his Tom Gloy Racing Chevrolet Corvette in Saturday's Trans-Am Buckeye 100. Ruhlman started the 2002 season with a sixth place finish in the season opener on the Streets of Long Beach, California. He carries his momentum into Mid-Ohio for the 4th round of 12 this season for the Trans-Am Series.
Although officially residing in Valencia, California, Bryan Herta returns to the familiar surroundings of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course once again this weekend. Herta gained a large fan base in Ohio while racing for Team Rahal on the CART circuit from 1996-1999. During that time, Herta resided in Columbus and attended classes at The Ohio State University. Herta now drives the Panoz Motor Sports team LMP 900 in his first season in the American Le Mans Series.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located approximately halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, off of Interstate 71. Commonly referred to as the "Most Competitive in the U.S.", Mid-Ohio hosts six events throughout the summer. For event information or tickets, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit us on the web at www.midohio.com.