Lexington, Ohio (June 4, 2000) - Jon and Joel Field, twin brothers driving the No. 29 Banana Joe's InterSport Racing Ford Riley & Scott, took 6th place overall in today's 250-mile, 111-lap Grand-Am race over the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a ...
Lexington, Ohio (June 4, 2000) - Jon and Joel Field, twin brothers driving the No. 29 Banana Joe's InterSport Racing Ford Riley & Scott, took 6th place overall in today's 250-mile, 111-lap Grand-Am race over the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a twisting 2.258 mile circuit. Jon (Dublin, Ohio) started the race in the No. 37 Banana Joe's InterSport Racing Ford Lola B98/10, but only completed nine laps before the gearbox failed. He moved to the No. 29 car on lap 33 and drove it to the finish with an awesome drive, taking the car from 14th to 6th.
Joel Field (Marion, Ohio), driving in his second Grand-Am race in a SportsRacer car, started in 11th position and fell back a few places because of handling problems. On lap 13, during a full-course caution, he came into the pits for tire pressure adjustments. In spite of this early pit stop, Joel regained 11th position by lap 33 when he handed the car over to Jon.
"It felt good to race here at Mid-Ohio, it's my home track and my family and friends are here, so I had a lot of fun," said Joel. "We wanted a better finish for the team, maybe a top three. If we would have had better luck with Jon's car, we might have been there."
Jon, the owner of InterSport Racing, left the pits in 14th position after the move to the No. 29 car and gradually worked his way up to 6th when the race ended. "The Riley & Scott is a good car - I really miss driving it," said Field who has been driving the Lola for the past two seasons. The team is awaiting delivery of a new Lola B2K/10 for the next race at Daytona on June 30. The new Lola will have a Judd GV4 V10 engine. Field plans to run it and the Riley & Scott for the remainder of the Grand-Am and American Le Mans Series' races.
"It was so good to be racing here this weekend with Joel and Clint," he said. Clint is Jon's 16 year old son who ran his first professional race this morning. He drove almost 21/2 hours of the three-hour Motorola Cup Series race. From a starting position of 44th in the 54-car race, Clint ran as high as 33rd before a tap from behind caused him to spin When he got out of the car after his first 11/2 hour stint, he said, "I can't wait to get into a faster car. This was fun, but the car is all stock - brakes, gearbox - and not that competitive." When his co-driver became ill, Clint got back into the car and took it to 40th for the finish.
When asked for his comments on the day, InterSport Team Manager Paul Butler said, "we had a 'field' day."