Family Affair

August 5, 2010

Family Affair

August 5, 2010

Father and son Jon (left) and Clint Field have their home race for Intersport Lola this weekend at Mid-Ohio. Photo credit: Rick Dole for Michelin North America

If you had to guess which team has the longest tenure in the American Le Mans Series, you probably wouldn’t guess Intersport Racing. But that’s exactly who it is.

The father-and-son team of Jon and Clint Field has set the standard for privateers, actively campaigning one or two prototypes since the series’ first year in 1999. Mid-Ohio marks the home race for the Dublin, Ohio based operation that has 21 class wins and two class championships in 12 seasons.

Team owner Clint is the youngest class champion at both Le Mans (2004) and in ALMS (2005), both in the LMP2 class.

The team’s last class win came in 2008, with the LMP1 victory at Belle Isle Park in Detroit.

In the LMP class, Intersport fields the black and white #37 Lola B06/10 AER. The car was also the first prototype to run on Cellulosic E85 ethanol, starting in 2008. Although this is one of the older cars on the grid, it is still one of the fastest.

“We really key in on the straights, but also measure the downforce to get the speed and fly through the corners as well,” Jon Field says.

The car failed to start at Sebring after a heavy testing accident, but rebounded by leading overall at Long Beach, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Salt Lake City.

The Fields recorded their best finish this season at Utah in fourth overall.

This story appears in the Mid-Ohio issue of The Alley, Michelin’s trackside publication, and can be picked up around the paddock at the track.

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