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Apr022007

TEAM NEWS: Intersport Racing Enjoys Second Consecutive Podium Finish

Photo by John Thawley 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. SPEED will provide same-day broadcast coverage from 8 to 10:30 p.m. ET. MotorsTV in Europe, SPEED Latin America and 7TV in Russia will carry the race live. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing & Scoring will be available at 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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