Monday
Aug032009

Field Day

Story Courtesy of Michelin. To read more, visit Michelin Motorsports and download the digital copy of “The AlleyAudi, Acura, BMW, Porsche and other prototype teams have competed in the American Le Mans Series over the past decade, but only one team has been here since the very start, Intersport Racing.

The small family run organization from Dublin, Ohio is in fact the only team in history to have fielded prototype entries in each of the 11 ALMS seasons to date.

And with two championships and 21 race wins to its credit, Intersport ranks third in prototype victories, trailing only Audi and Penske.

Formed by businessman and racing entrepreneur Jon Field in 1998, Intersport quickly became one of the leading privateers of sports car racing. Jon, who had only started racing at the tender age of 35, claimed the 2002 LMP675 drivers’ title, and helped son, Clint, become the youngest-ever Series winner.

In 2004, Clint gave Intersport a class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the following year, secured the LMP2 team and drivers’ championships.

Now 26, Clint has become the man in charge within the team, which has campaigned a Lola B06/10 AER in the LMP1 category for the past two seasons.

Their most recent victory came just last year, when Clint, Jon and Richard Berry took class honors in Detroit.

Apart from the talented father-and-son duo, a number of other accomplished drivers have shared the wheel of its prototypes over the years, including vintage racer turned ALMS team owner Duncan Dayton, Scottish driving ace Robin Liddell and duel sportswoman Liz Halliday.

Intersport’s success doesn’t happen by chance, but instead by the team’s determination to succeed. With only three full-time employees, they compete on a limited budget and use it in the most effective way.

“We’re racers at heart,” Clint said. “As privateers, it takes a huge personal commitment on the part of every member on our team. Everyone does what it takes to see this team through week in, week out. Obviously, we watch our pennies, but we never sacrifice on the things that count.”

Despite the tough economic times, Intersport is still plugging away.

The future looks bright for the little team that can and does.

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