Jon Field – On Intersport's Plans
a “new” Riley & Scott at Road America was great
for the fans, the drivers (Rick Sutherland and Clint Field), and
the ALMS. Jon Field gave Ken May the run down on where his Intersport
team is heading, this year and next.
I was at T12, your right, when you had your little off on Saturday.
Listening to my scanner, I heard you got air under all tires, but
only fired of a couple pictures after you were slamming in the gravel.
JF: I was just trying too hard and got into it
too hot. The problem with the MG is if you get off the gas, you
lose 2/10ths or 3/10ths in every corner. So there is a fine line
for staying committed all the way through or lifting and falling
behind. And, well, I was committed and shot right off the track,
you know, just understeer and off I went.
In terms of sharing knowledge, how about Mr. Dyson and his team?
Do you share ideas on how to make these ‘fickle’ MGs
JF: No, not really, I mean, they really, really
have developed their car and have come a long way and you can easily
see that in the last four to five races. Their front end has really
got some unreal grip and we need to do that. It is not hard to see
the difference between our cars and we really need to catch up or
otherwise we will always be behind them.
What was the thinking of getting the Riley & Scotts? Two of
JF: That’s right, two of them and the thinking
is the old Lola is past her time / day and you know, the R&S
is a much better car. I like the Elan engine and it really gives
Clint an opportunity to run up front.
So, we will then be able to see three Banana Joe machines in the
JF: Maybe, maybe a few races, but not for the entire
season. Sebring, Petit and some others, but not year round.
How about long term? What are your plans?
JF: You know, you never know with all of the series
and the rules. You may hear something but don’t really know
until the last minute, until they announce it. But we have heard
that the two cars will be in the same class next year (675 &
900), so that also played into why I wanted to get into the Riley
& Scott. It gives us options, if we need them. You know, the
R&S is a very good car, so we will just have to see. Not a good
answer for you, huh?
Well, how about this question then. We fans have this “we
vs. they” mentality and I am sure you know what I am alluding
to, does that carry over to you? I asked Clint this at Putnam Park
earlier in the year when they were testing there, but curious on
JF: Well, I liked Grand Am.
You know that dsc has asked me on occasion to report for GARRA so
I’m not trying to open a can of worms here.
JF: I understand and it is a good question. I liked
Grand Am, I just don’t like it now. I don’t like the
cars, I don’t like the speed of the cars. I like open talk
FAST cars. The fact they have slowed the cars, Ken, they are a lot
slower than these cars and for me, I drive for the thrill you get
inside the cockpit and the G-forces you get. That is just me, Grand
Am has great people and the races are competitive: I like all of
the guys over there and I will try to do the 24 Hours next year.
Safe to say in the Multimatic?
(Long pause) I really don’t know. Whatever may be available,
but the 24 is a great race.
OK, switching gears here, how did the agreement between you and
Duncan (Dayton) come about?
JF: That is funny you asked that, we were just
talking about that and I know you are trying to get some time with
him. Rick introduced him to me as he raced with Scott Schubot, I
don’t know about four to five years ago and he did a couple
of races with us and from there it just clicked. He is an extremely
fast guy in the car and gives good feedback in the car. He is not
at all selfish, we just work great together.
Will we be able to see this team and your son’s (driver) team
intact for next year too?
JF: Yes, Rick’s contract is to do five or
six races with us next year and he has raced with us for a long
Duncan next year?
JF: Yes all year and also Larry Connors will be
with us at Petit Le Mans. Larry is a really good Formula Atlantic
driver, very quick. He will also do Sebring and Le Mans with us
next year. We will have a strong line up.
Sounds great and a strong line up: what is your favorite track that
you would like this line up to win on, hands down in the ALMS?
JF: That’s easy, right here, Road America.
JF: It is mean, it is a driver’s track, it
is fast and the better drivers win here, no fluke.
Jon, thanks for the time and wish you the best of luck the rest
of the year and will see you again at Petit Le Mans.
JF: No problem and I will look for you.
Joe cars at Petit a possibility, Duncan continuing to drive with
Jon, Rick and Clint becoming faster in their “new” Riley
and Scott, and Jon at Daytona? This team has their hands full, but
you can’t help but pull for them and know they will succeed!