Mosport: Dayton race report

LMP 675 point battle tightens up even more as electrical problem plagues dayton and field Sunday. BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 18 - It's a good thing that there's another American Le Mans Series race this coming Sunday at Road America in...

LMP 675 point battle tightens up even more as electrical problem plagues dayton and field Sunday.

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 18 - It's a good thing that there's another American Le Mans Series race this coming Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., because Duncan Dayton would rather forget about the one yesterday at Mosport International Raceway here.

After his teammate, Jon Field of Dublin, Ohio, qualified third in the LMP 675 class and fifth overall on Saturday, the North Salem, N.Y.-based driver had high hopes for yesterday's Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport, which was broadcast live on NBC.

But electrical problems knocked the team out early, and the Intersport Racing Lola EX257/AER #37, which is sponsored by Banana Joe's and Highcroft Racing, finished fifth in the LMP 675 class and 30th overall.

Dayton and Field jointly held the point lead in the driver's standings in this class going into Sunday's race but their rivals had the upper hand at Mosport, so the point battle continues to be extremely close with four of nine races remaining this year.

Now, going into this coming Sunday's race at Road America, Dayton and Field are tied for second place in the driver standings, 13 points behind Chris Dyson, 75 to 62. The event, which will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time, is called the Road America 500 presented by The Chicago Tribune.

Things started out well enough yesterday, as Field ran consistently in the top five during the first stint. He pitted for tires, fuel and to let Dayton take over before the race was only an hour old.

Only eight minutes after he left the pits Dayton stopped along the side of the course at turn five with no power, however, and the car was officially retired an hour and a half into the two-hour-and-45-minute race.

After its come-from-behind victory in the last race, which was held in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, this DNF was especially disappointing. But there are always a lot of "ups" and "downs" in the sport of auto racing, and the situation can change dramatically very quickly. Dayton, who has many ties to Minnesota and Wisconsin and has driven in many races at Road America, hopes to see another "up" there this coming weekend.

There's a test session from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday. The first official practice session is at 9:35 a.m. Saturday followed by another one at 1:10 p.m. The LMP 675 class will qualify at 2:50 p.m. Saturday.

The schedule for Race Day on Sunday shows a warm-up at 8 a.m. and the two-hour-and-45-minute race starting at 1 p.m. local time.

For more information, see www.americanlemans.com; www.intersportracing.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Duncan Dayton , Jon Field