Former American Le Mans Series champion Jon Field has upgraded to brand new Radical SR10 machinery for Round 4 of the Blue Marble Radical Cup North America at New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend.
Despite numerous trips to the grass, he set the pace during Friday’s promoter test day and was cause for concern for Platinum class points leader Indy Al Miller.
“He’s going to be strong– just look at what he’s done in the SR8,” Miller commented, adding jokingly, “We’ve got to slow him down somehow, because the grass isn’t, that’s for sure.”
Field (Scott Wagner Racing) won the opening race of last month’s round at Circuit of The Americas and has numerous podiums to his name this year whilst using the older V8-powered Radical SR8.
This weekend he has a level playing field with his rivals, and 425bhp plus 380lb-ft of torque from the new SR10 at his disposal.
Field was quickest during the first and final of Friday’s four promoter test day sessions in Jersey with a 1:20.772.
However, Field is just one of multiple drivers looking to take wins and points away from Indy Al Miller (SR10, Blue Marble/ONE Motorsports).
Louis Schriber (SR10, Shorewood Development), whose car was fastest in sessions two and three, has arguably been the quickest driver this year, but has seen a spate of bad luck offset a second place at Barber and a win at Road America.
Another in the Platinum class to look out for will be Judd Miller (SR10, ESSES Racing), who comes into the round on a high after taking the final win of the weekend during the Texan’s home race at COTA.
The PRO 1500 class will also be hotly contested with 22-year-old Pennsylvania native Robert Torres making his debut with Group-A Racing adding another young gun to the entry list.
Torres has won three of the four previous races he’s entered at NJMP, but the Radical Cup’s PRO 1500 class is fiercely competitive this year.
Puerto Rican prodigy Gustavo Rafols (WISKO Racing) leads the points with four wins to his name over storied Radical racer Gregg Gorski (smokebuddy/ONE Motorsports), and another up-and-coming driver Palmer Miller (ESSES Racing).
Rafols was quickest in over Friday’s four sessions with a 1:21.279, but Torres’s teammate Steve Jenks (Audien Hearing) hovered near the top of the timesheet all day– including setting the fastest time in session four. Ryan Bjerke (Bjerke Motorsports) also impressed given he’s been on hiatus since last year’s finale at Road Atlanta.
Points leader Mike Anzaldi (Emmett’s Energy/Anzaldi GP) set the benchmark in the PRO 1340 class.
Two more official practice sessions remain before qualifying, Saturday’s Race 1 (3:25 p.m. ET) and Sunday’s Race 2 (9:40 a.m.) and Race 3 (3:40 p.m.). All three races will be live streamed on youtube.com/RadicalSportscarsUK .