by Beth Dolgner
Clint Field and Liz Halliday were back at the front of the P2 class during the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday. They started on the pole in the No. 37 Intersport Racing Lola B05/40 AER but ran in second for much of the race before retaking the lead and the eventual win.
At the start, Jeff Bucknum got past Halliday to take over the class lead in the No. 10 Miracle Motorsports Courage C-65 AER. Bucknum began to work on building up a gap in the first hour, working his way up to over seven seconds.
At the end of the first hour, both cars pitted. When they returned to the track, Bucknum still led and Field, who had taken over for Intersport, was in second.
As the race wound down, Field was moving closer to taking the lead. He finally got into the top spot and went on to win by three laps. For Field, it was a vindication after the No. 37 Intersport Lola erupted in flames at Road America.
"It's good to come to Mosport and win after a bad week at Road America," said Field. "The big thing going into Petit (LeMans) and Laguna is reliability. I think we do have the car to beat. The Miracle car is always pushing. They're really good on strategy and pit stops. Liz really held close to Jeff (Bucknum) and kept us close."
Halliday had never driven at Mosport before, and was unable to get much practice time. "I was pleased with the stint, it was very consistent," said Halliday. "The first time I saw the course was yesterday. Basically, I've been dealing with the learning curve and dealing with traffic. The stop went long because they had a little bit of a problem with one of the tires going back on. We were losing time from a lot of tire pick-up."