Thursday
Apr192007

TEAM NEWS: Third Time’s A Charm As Intersport Racing Podiums At Long Beach And Readies For Houston

Photo by John Thawley Detroit - For the third consecutive time in the 2007 American Le Mans Series season, the #37 Very Berry Judd powered Creation /CA06H LMP1 of Intersport Racing climbed the LMP1 podium. This time it was for the American Le Mans Series’ inaugural visit to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

“We’re making progress in the right direction" said Crew Chief, Brian Alder. “The Long Beach street course is not the ideal place for the larger LMP1 cars, but in our case it still provides an opportunity to learn more about the car and understand how it reacts to the changes we make.”

“Clint ran well during the last stint,” noted Alder. “Late in the race he called in about a vibration in the right front, so rather than take an chances we pulled him in and made a quick tire change. We haven’t had a chance to investigate the cause yet.”

The Long Beach Saturday race witnessed a domination by the smaller, lighter LMP2 class with Penske/Porsche taking the overall win.

This was Intersport’s second race with Kumho’s new LMP1 tire. Kumho will have a new version of its LMP1 tire for Intersport at next week’s Lone Star Grand Prix in Houston, and Kumho motorsports manager Rudy Consolacion expects the company’s LMP1 tire program to begin progressing quickly.

“With four races in five weeks, we haven’t had time to test with Intersport and its new Judd-powered Creation,” pointed out Consolacion. “We’ll do a private test after Houston, and that should help us figure out a tire compound and construction that will work well with the Creation.”

Co-drivers, Clint and Jon Field were very positive about the weekend.

“We’re well aware of the challenge,” noted Clint. “We’re very realistic of the resources available to us and how we intend to grow our LMP1 program. It’s pretty obvious we’d like to be faster, but at the same time, we’re putting the Creation chassis and Kuhmo’s tire in situations where they have absolutely no history. So in that context, we’re pleased with our progress.”

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is The Grand Prix of Houston and will start at 5:30 PM (CT), Saturday, April 21. The race can be seen on April 29 on CBS, at 1 PM (ET). Live timing and scoring of each on-track session and the race can be found at www.AmericanLeMans.com

The American Le Mans Series features 12 races in 2007, including the prestigious season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring (March 17) and the 1,000-mile/10-hour Petit Le Mans. All other races are sprint endurance formats, ranging from an hour, 40 minutes at Long Beach to four hours at both Road America and the Series finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. All events are televised by CBS, NBC or SPEED.

You can find out more about Intersport Racing at www.intersportracing.com

Very Berry Exotics specializes in buying and selling some of the world's more exotics and hard to find automobiles. Not only do they sell cars already in the inventory, Very Berry Exotics will search for automobiles that are their customer's dream cars. Company owner Richard Berry founded Very Berry Exotics in 2004 and is himself a racer.

Established in 1960, Kumho Tire Co., Inc., of Seoul, South Korea, had 2005 sales of $2.2 billion. Kumho manufactures and distributes a complete line of tires for passenger cars, light trucks and heavy-duty trucks. Kumho has manufacturing facilities in Korea and China and operates technical centers in Birmingham, England, and Akron, Ohio. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Kumho Tire U.S.A is the U.S. distribution arm of Kumho Tire Co. In addition to its 830,000 square foot headquarters and central distribution facility in Rancho Cucamonga, the company operates four additional distribution facilities in Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus and Dallas. For more information, visit the Kumho Web site at www.kumhotire.com

Based in Chicago, Klein Tools is a family-owned and operated company which has been in business since 1857, designing, developing, producing and marketing worldwide quality tools and protective equipment to meet the demanding needs of trade professionals who earn a living with their tools. The company, which initially grew as the premier plier manufacturer for the telecommunications and electrical industries, offers hand tools used in construction, electronics, mining, electrical, communications, aviation, security, audio/video and other Field.

Klein Tools, which employs approximately 1,000 people nationwide, began its motorsports association to support the marketing efforts of the company and its distributorships in key markets. Klein Tools’ motorsports sponsorship has also led to the development of products specifically designed for the motor racing industry including spark plug pliers and protective wheel gun covers now used by sports car and open wheel racing teams.

The American Le Mans Series is the premium brand of motorsport in North America, featuring high-tech sports cars from the most prestigious automobile manufacturers in the world. Its unique four classes of competition showcase exotic, open-top prototypes and sophisticated production-based GT cars, all competing on the track at the same time. The American Le Mans Series competes at the premier road racing tracks across North America and at selected temporary street circuits in major urban markets. With a 2007 television package that includes five network broadcasts on CBS and NBC and seven telecasts on SPEED, plus live broadcasts across Europe, the Series delivers a global marketing platform that is unmatched in motorsports. The Series, founded in 1999 by Georgia entrepreneur Don Panoz, represents a mirror image to the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, the world’s most famous and authentic automobile race. The American Le Mans Series features elite marques such as Audi, Porsche, Corvette, Aston Martin, Ferrari and Panoz, and premium brands such as Michelin, Yokohama, Kumho, Lowe’s, Shell and many others.

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