St. Pete: Intersport Racing race report

Intersport Racing Enjoys Second Consecutive Podium Finish St. Petersburg, Fla. The ...

Intersport Racing Enjoys Second Consecutive Podium Finish

St. Petersburg, Fla. The #37 Very Berry Judd powered Creation /CA06H LMP1 of Intersport Racing finished 3rd in the inaugural running of American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg. It was the team's second podium finish in as many races.

"We're reasonably pleased with the outcome and our progress," expressed team owner and driver, Clint Field. "We made the change on the Creation to the wider wheel setup, so some of what we learned about the car in Sebring went out the window. Not that it was like starting all over again, but there was {and remains} a considerable amount of sorting out to do."

Intersport debuted Kumho's new LMP1 tire after running the company's P2 tire in the Creation's first ALMS race at Sebring. The new tire has made a big difference in the car's performance. The tires are size 330/680R18 on the front and 370/710R18 on the rear. In comparison, the new P1 front tire is nearly an inch wider than the former P2 rear tire.

"We made some changes and found some speed during qualifying," said Field. "But I didn't get a chance to go out and try the changes we made to the front dampers at the end of qualifying because of the red flag. I think we're getting the Kumhos to work for the car instead of trying to work around the tire."

Clint's co-drivers, Jon Field and Richard Berry were also complimentary to the gains the team is making with the car.

"Our crew is doing a great job," stated Jon Field. "They've been at it non-stop this arriving at Sebring. We also been getting fantastic support from Creation, Judd and our tire partner Kumho. Every turn of the wheel is a new experience for us all. It's a great challenge and having good partners is a critical."

"You can really feel the changes in the car," commented Richard Berry. "The progress from practice to our race day set-up was significant. I like the direction we're going."

The American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg took the green flag around 5PM and ran 2 hours and 45 minutes. Intersport Racing started the race from the 11th spot on the grid with Clint at the wheel for the opening stint.

"It was pretty wild out there," said Clint. "We hadn't seen the track at this time of the day and it was obvious everyone was looking for grip. I really enjoyed the course though. It wasn't like the Houston track at all. It had a lot of similar characteristics to what you'd find on a permanent sports car course. I liked it."

"We discussed in our pre-race strategy to be somewhat conservative and let the race to come to us," Clint added. "We're well aware of what our class competitor can do and we knew that we'd be caught in the middle of the war among the LMP2 cars."

The strategy paid off with the team finishing 3rd in the LMP1 division and 7th overall.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the Grand Prix of Long Beach. The race will start at 4 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 14.

-credit: ir

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Series ALMS
Drivers Jon Field , Clint Field , Richard Berry