SONOMA, Calif.(July 23, 2000) - Jon Field (Dublin, Ohio) took the InterSport Racing Banana Joeâ€™s Island Party car from last place on the starting grid to sixth place in only the second outing of the teamâ€™s new Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 in the...
SONOMA, Calif.(July 23, 2000) - Jon Field (Dublin, Ohio) took the InterSport Racing Banana Joe’s Island Party car from last place on the starting grid to sixth place in only the second outing of the team’s new Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 in the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway.
Field had qualified the car ninth, but the team opted to change tires prior to the race and were moved to the back of the grid. When the green flag fell, Field made his signature move and passed three cars by the time he crossed the start line; when he came across the line at the end of lap one, he had already passed eight cars.
In spite of over-heating problems, which necessitated a pit stop to clear the radiator of debris, Field moved steadily through the pack and settled into ninth place before turning the car over to co-driver Rick Sutherland (Los Gatos, Calif.). "I struggled with the car and ran a few conservative laps trying to cool the engine," said Field. "When that didn’t help, I had to come in while they blew out the radiator. After that, the temperatures dropped and I was able to get back up to speed."
Sutherland had logged fewer than twenty laps in the car when he took over from Field. "I just tried to run consistently to give Jon a good car to finish the race," said Sutherland. "It sure didn’t help having to start last, but Jon did an incredible job. I’m looking forward to getting back into the car."
When Field took over for the last stint, he continued his climb through the field, eventually finishing sixth. Field noted, "In this series (ALMS), you’ve got to forget about the Audis and the Panoz. I think the BMWs are probably within reach once we get the new Lola sorted out." InterSport finished first among the privateers running at Sears Point this weekend.
Paul Butler, Team Manager, said, "We’re hoping to run the next two weekends in Canada, at Trois Rivieres, Quebec (Grand Am event) and at Mosport, Ontario (ALMS) and won’t have any time for testing until after those races. We believe the car will be more competitive after we get in some real test time and as we learn more about the car."