TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., CANADA (July 30, 2000) -- Jon Field, of Dublin, Ohio, went into the wall at Turn 3 midway through the Grand American Road Racing Association's eighth race of the season at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres for InterSports'...
TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., CANADA (July 30, 2000) -- Jon Field, of Dublin, Ohio, went into the wall at Turn 3 midway through the Grand American Road Racing Association's eighth race of the season at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres for InterSports' first DNF in the new Banana Joe's Island Party Judd-powered Lola B2K/10.
The Trois-Rivieres race over the 10-turn, 1.521 mile temporary street course was just the second Grand Am appearance of Judd Lola. The car's debut resulted in a fifth place finish at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc.
"I wasn't really racing anybody," said Field. "I was working my way through slower cars and the back just came around on me. I don't know why, but it's the second race in a row where it's happened so maybe the back just gets lighter or something." Field backed out of the tire wall, leaving behind his rear wing. Although he was able to get back to the pits under power, the race was over because of "huge damage to the engine", said Field. "Oliver drove so well all weekend. I was planning to turn the car over to him on the next lap."
Co-driver Oliver Gavin, of Northampton, England never got into the race. The entire team was disappointed by today's turn of events. All weekend, the Banana Joe's car was quick and had the fastest times in three of four practice sessions. Gavin was the only driver to break the one minute mark this weekend. He posted a 59.980/91.290 mph lap in practice. His time was shy of the all-time Trois-Rivieres lap record set by Cristiano da Matta in 1998 (58.716/93.255 mph) in a CART Indy Lights car.
The race was won by the Dyson Racing Team Ford Riley & Scott, driven by James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger. Second place went to Doran Lista's Judd Doran (Didier Theys and Ross Bentley driving) and third went to the Dyson Lincoln Riley & Scott driven by Elliott Forbes-Robinson and John Paul Jr.
The Trois-Rivieres race will be telecast tape-delayed on August 18 at 8 p.m. EDT on SpeedVision network.
The next, and final race of the inaugural Grand Am season will be August 27 at Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, NY.