OHIO-BASED TEAM, DRIVER, LOOK TO REPEAT ALMS CLASS VICTORY AT MID-OHIO Dublin, Ohio (May 12, 2006) -- Columbus-area resident Clint Field and his Ohio-based Intersport Racing team will look to excite their home crowd with a return trip to...
OHIO-BASED TEAM, DRIVER, LOOK TO REPEAT ALMS CLASS VICTORY AT MID-OHIO
Dublin, Ohio (May 12, 2006) -- Columbus-area resident Clint Field and his Ohio-based Intersport Racing team will look to excite their home crowd with a return trip to victory lane at the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio May 19-21, airing live on CBS Sports.
One of Ohio's brightest young racing stars, Field has driven into the racing record books as the youngest prototype champion in American Le Mans Series history (2005) and the youngest (age 20) class winner at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans (2004). He'll look to add to his record 13 LMP2 class victories when the series returns to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course later this month.
Born in Marion, Ohio, Field currently resides in nearby Dublin, which is just 63 miles from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He and his Columbus-based Intersport team consider Mid-Ohio their home course.
"It's going to be really nice to have all of our friends and family at the track," said Field. "We always run strong at Mid-Ohio and we look forward to having another good race here this year."
In addition to Field, Intersport Racing features another rising star in driver Liz Halliday. Her recent second-place overall finish with Field at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was the highest finish ever by a female in the 54-year history of the prestigious South Florida sports car classic. Over the past year, the Californian has won more circuit races (4) than any other female driver.
"We want to build on the momentum we generated at Sebring and Mid-Ohio would be a great place to do it given how special it is to our team," said Halliday. "We know we'll have a lot of people rooting for us, and we'll hopefully respond with our best effort of the season thus far."
At Sebring, Halliday and Field led Intersport Racing to an upset win in the LMP2 class over the heavily favored Penske Porche RS Spyder. The pair returns to Mid-Ohio in Intersport's AER-powered Lola B05/40 with high expectations of themselves and the completely resurfaced Mid-Ohio track.
"It will be nice to have the increased grip that comes with a new racing surface," Field said. "I'm hoping it will suit our car and am really looking forward to seeing and driving it."
The American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio will showcase two-man driving teams and cars facing their final challenge before heading overseas to the Sarthe region of France to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in mid-June. All American Le Mans Series events feature four classes of race cars: LMP1, LMP2, GT1 and GT2. Manufacturers such as Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Renault frequent the event and each class of sports car in the Series has different top-speed capabilities and its own individual championship within the context of the overall race. This creates excitement as drivers in each class must navigate the twisting, demanding Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course circuit while compensating for faster or slower classes on the track at the same time.
Also featured throughout the weekend will be several support races including the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 Championship Series, Formula BMW USA, SCCA SPEED World Challenge presented by Trenton Forging, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Michelin, Star Mazda presented by Goodyear and the newly formed IMSA Lites.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is a 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road racing circuit in Lexington, Ohio. Located 60 miles north of Columbus and 75 miles south of Cleveland near Mansfield, the track has been called the most competitive in the U.S. and annually hosts a diversity of locally, regionally and nationally sanctioned racing events for amateur, club and professional riders and drivers. Mid-Ohio's 2006 schedule features a record eight spectator events, including the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio (May 19-21), EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank (June 23-25), AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days (July 28-30), Honda Super Cycle Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire (August 4-6), Vintage Grand-Prix at Mid-Ohio (August 18-20), National Auto Sport Association Championships presented by Toyo Tires (September 15-17), AMA Road Race Grand Championships & AMA Motocross Manufacturers Cup (September 22-24) and the AMA Superbike Shootout (September 30-October 1).
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, TrueSports, Incorporated is a privately held motorsports entertainment enterprise. The company owns and operates Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School, and promotes a wide variety of motor racing, driver and rider instruction, corporate, and family entertainment events throughout the year.