At last, Clint Field has his championship. After winning six times in 2004, the 22-year-old won five times in the American Le Mans Series' LMP2 class in '05 and became the youngest Series champion in its seven-year history, along with leading Intersport Racing to its first team championship in the Series.
Now things are beginning to crank up once again as the American Le Mans Series Winter Test and the 54th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring are quickly approaching. With an eye toward a new season, we picked Clint's brain for his thoughts on 2005 and Intersport's prospects for 2006:
Question: How long did it take to soak up all that you and the team accomplished this year?
Answer: We have kept pretty quiet. We're just taking it easy. Competing at the highest level is stressful. We're getting ready for Sebring where we hope to pick up where we left off.
Q: If you had to pick one crowning moment of 2005, what would it be?
A: Laguna defined our year. We had great points where we started at the back and came through the field, then had some bad luck and troubles. But it all turned out good in the end.
Q: You gave a special thanks to your dad (Jon) during your speech at the season-ending banquet. How has he helped in your development as a driver?
A: He's been in the game for so long and knows what he's doing. We're a good pairing because we both want the same thing. We push each other so well and we feed off each other, which is a really good feeling. Those races were some good races, and racing with Liz (Halliday) was good, too. Throughout my career, I've gone from race-to-race and never felt like I had one person as a constant teammate. You never know what you're going to get with someone at each race. You have to adapt yourself to the car and another person's driving style.