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Jul122007

TEAM NEWS: Intersport Racing Snares Sixth Consecutive Podium with Second In Class At Lime Rock

Photo by John Thawley Detroit — The #37 Intersport Racing Very Berry Exotics Judd Powered Creation LMP2 car, piloted by Clint Field, Jon Field and Richard Berry took full advantage of Audi’s miscue at the American Le Mans Series’ Northeast Grand Prix and charged their way to the second spot on the podium at the legendary Lime Rock Park.

Though all did not go smoothly on the rough and tumble terrain as the track and traffic took a toll on the cars, drivers and crews. Clint Field suffered damage and a flat tire after getting hit in the left rear during the latter stage of the race.

“Wow... it was rough out there,” exclaimed Clint as he climbed from the car. “I think I got hit four times.. but it sure was a lot of fun! We were pretty quick through the big turns and down the front straight. Though getting through the chicane was basically dial-thrill. You’d get up in the air and then wait to see where you came down. It was pretty wild.”

Jon Field concurred with Clint.

“It’s such a blast coming down the hill into the last turn and onto the front straight,” said Jon. “But if you’re two wide, you don’t want to be on the outside. The inside line is so rough that the car will porpoise at the apex. Like Clint said, you’re not sure how you’re going to land. So if your two wide, the guy on the outside really needs to lift or he might end up being a spectator in the whole deal.”

Lime Rock, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, saw a huge spectator turnout for the American Le Mans race raising speculation about the track retaining its date on the ALMS calendar. It’s no secret, though, that competitors are not pleased with the condition of the track. Corvette driver, Johnny O’Connell, went so far as to question the safety of the facility in a recent post on his website.

“They’re going to have to do something,” stated Clint. “It’s great to see this many fans come out to watch us race. The paddock was filled with spectators all day long and the autograph session was fantastic. It’s a great place with truly knowledgeable and appreciative fans. But the track desperately needs resurfacing. It really chewed up a lot of equipment and may have even changed the outcome of the race.”

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is considered home court for Intersport as the series heads to Mid-Ohio for the Acura Sports Car Challenge, July 20-21. The green flag will drop at 3:15PM EDT. It will air tape delayed on CBS July 22, at 2PM EDT. MotorsTV in Europe, SPEED Latin America and 7TV in Russia also will provide international coverage. American Le Mans Radio and IMSA's Live Timing and 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.

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.

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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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