SONOMA, Calif.(July 22, 2000) - InterSport Racingâ€™s Banana Joeâ€™s Island Party Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 will start from the inside of row five in the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway, a two hour 45 minute timed event beginning at...
SONOMA, Calif.(July 22, 2000) - InterSport Racing’s Banana Joe’s Island Party Judd-powered Lola B2K/10 will start from the inside of row five in the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway, a two hour 45 minute timed event beginning at noon on Sunday, July 23.
Jon Field (Dublin, Ohio), owner/driver of InterSport Racing qualified the car behind the factory entries of Audi, Panoz, and BMW in the prototype class. The car has shown steady improvement over the weekend with lap times dropping significantly during each session on the track. The qualifying time of 1:25.417 (106.208 mph) was two seconds faster than the provisional qualifying time from Friday.
InterSport took delivery of the Lola B2K/10 just two weeks ago and ran in the Grand American Road Racing event at Road America (Elkhart Lake, Wisc.) right out of the box. Still in the factory-delivered carbon fiber black finish, the car earned a respectable fifth. Following that race, the car was painted in the familiar Banana Joe’s colors of red, silver, and blue and.shipped to Sears Point for this weekend’s race. There has been no time for testing. Field said, "We’ve had our problems with set-up and look at both the Road America race and this one as tests, opportunities to shake the car down. But, it’s an awesome car."
As a privateer entry in the prestigious American Le Mans Series, the Banana Joe’s Island Party Lola does have some catching up to do. But Field is not intimidated by the factory teams, noting that "We’re running this series because of the high caliber and high quality of the teams. It’s very technical and very challenging."
Field’s co-driver for the remainder of the ALMS season, Rick Sutherland of Los Gatos, Calif., has a lot of experience on the Sears Point Raceway circuit, having driven here in Formula Atlantics and in 1994 and 1995 in World Sports Car with IMSA. "This car is a whole new animal; the sequential gearbox is a little new to me, but I’m running better each time out and I hope my knowledge of the track helps in the race."
With Field’s quickness and growing reputation for spectacular starts and re-starts, the team hopes to give the factory teams some serious competition in the race. The race will be telecast live on the SpeedVision network.