Driver Quotes: Jonathan Bomarito: I'm really happy with my Miracle Sealants/PR-1 Motorsport crew. We worked hard all weekend on getting the right set-up for this track and this morning following the warm-up we made some pretty big and bold ...
Jonathan Bomarito: I'm really happy with my Miracle Sealants/PR-1 Motorsport crew. We worked hard all weekend on getting the right set-up for this track and this morning following the warm-up we made some pretty big and bold changes to the car and these guys gave me the best car I've had all weekend when it counts most, heading into the race. Traffic was really our biggest problem today. Whenever I'd get close enough to challenge Hinchcliffe, we'd both have to interrupt our race to get around the lapped traffic and with only one good passing opportunity, there wasn't much I could do. Now I'm second in the championship and there are still nine races to go so all I need is a winning streak of my own (like Matos) and we can win this championship.
Race Recap: 4th Place Moves Bomarito into 2nd Overall
Despite a tight race-long battle for third and being one of the quickest lapping cars throughout the third round of the Cooper Tires presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda, Californian Jonathan Bomarito finished in fourth place, 1.2 seconds outside of his third straight podium finish at the Grand Prix of Houston. Nevertheless, the points earned here moves Bomarito into second place overall, 24 points behind Raphael Matos.
The number 23 Miracle Sealants/PR-1 Motorsports Swift 016a struggled to find the optimum balance between managing the rough and tumble bumps of the JagFlo Speedway at Reliant Park and stiffness required for churning out fast laps. The team made steady progress through the weekend but it wasn't until some bold but well thought out changes after this morning's warm-up that gave Bomarito the racecar he was looking for.
Bomarito quickly made up two positions on the start. After going two-wide through turn 1, Bomarito made the pass for 5th on Matt Lee at turn 4. Then on the run to turn 6, Bomarito tried to get around Frank Perera who was blocking vigorously to defend his position. Race officials deemed Perera's defense too vigorous and penalized him one position allowing Bomarito to take 4th place.
From there the story for Bomarito was getting passed the backmarker traffic, which would prove a problem for all of the frontrunners. Every attempt to find a way past third place James Hinchcliffe would be scuttled when the pair would have to abort their battle in order to pass slower cars. At several points during the race Bomarito's challenge for the final podium spot looked to be imminent having sliced the margin to as little as 0.761 seconds on lap 32 of the 43-lap race, until slower traffic would thwart the challenge.
The Champ Car Atlantic Championship will have until June 8-10 to regroup, when the series visits Portland, OR for the first of events that will host a double-header race weekend.
A reminder that Bomarito's home race, the Grand Prix of San Jose takes place around the HP Pavilion from July 27-29.