Jon Field looks to win with son at home track as American Le Mans Series comes to Mid-Ohio. LEXINGTON, OH (June 24, 2002) -- Jon Field has now tasted victory on the American Le Mans Series, and he wants more. He will have an outstanding chance...
Jon Field looks to win with son at home track as American Le Mans Series comes to Mid-Ohio.
LEXINGTON, OH (June 24, 2002) -- Jon Field has now tasted victory on the American Le Mans Series, and he wants more. He will have an outstanding chance when the series visits his home track, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, for American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, June 30.
And if he does win, it will be with his son.
The Dublin, Ohio, resident will drive the Banana Joes's/Intersport Racing MG-Lola in the two-hour, 45-minute sports car endurance race at Mid-Ohio. His co-driver will be his son, Clint. With the race team also based in Dublin, Field looks forward to the opportunity to race at home.
"It was awesome last year," said Field of the first ALMS race ever held at the historic circuit. "To drive in front of your fans and family at your home track is great. They respond to it and it's a nice environment to be in for that weekend."
Field scored the first win of his career on the American Le Mans Series when he co-drove to victory in March in the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida. The win came in the LMP 675 class for smaller Prototypes, a class that Field joined this year after Intersport purchased one of the new MG-Lola machines. Intersport had raced in the LMP 900 class for the past three years and still runs a car in that class as well.
American Le Mans Series races feature multiple drivers, with driver changes made during pit stops. Though the MG-Lola was designed and built for the smaller Prototype class, the car has demonstrated the speed and quickness needed to challenge the LMP 900 cars for overall wins in American Le Mans Series racing. Field qualified fifth-fastest overall for the recent ALMS race at Sears Point in California and then set the fastest lap time in the race of all cars.
"We think the new 675 car will run really good at Mid-Ohio," said Field. "We're excited about it."
Many of the drivers on the American Le Mans Series had never raced at Mid-Ohio before last year's inaugural event and were impressed by the large crowd, especially as it gathered on the hills overlooking the S-turns.
"You see the crowd on the pace laps or when there's a caution, of course," said Field. "You don't focus on it in the race, but you always know they're there. It's kind of a neat feeling because you know they're pulling for you and you're out there digging hard."
Ticket information for the event is available online at www.midohio.com or by calling 1-800-MID-OHIO. The American Le Mans Series race will start at 2 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, June 30, and will be televised live by the SPEED Channel. The live broadcast by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web can be heard online at www.americanlemans.com.
The weekend will also include an event for the popular Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup, as well as events for the SPEED World Challenge, Star Mazda Series and Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship.