SKIP BARBER NATIONAL, ROUNDS 11 & 12, AT ROAD AMERICA
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. Rounds 11 and 12 of the Skip Barber National Presented by RACER are this weekend at Road America, supporting the Champ Car Road America Grand Prix. The title chase for the $100,000 championship bonus is effectively down to three drivers: Jonathan Goring, Marco Di Leo and Alexander Rossi, with Kyle Lawrence, Alex Doman and Richard Heistand still in with mathematical chances. Just 39 points separate the top three, and with a victory worth 65 points and the drivers scoring only their best 12 of the year's 14 races it's all still up for the taking.
Goring and Di Leo each have three wins, while Rossi has twoHeistand and Chris Wehrheim (not entered . this weekend) have solo victories. More germane is that this is the second time this year the Skip Barber National has come to Road America. In early July in rounds seven and eight, Heistand took the first race, with Di Leo second. Di Leo then won the second race, Goring in P2.
The curveball is that Road America's long straights make the draft a key determinant; going from fifth to first on any given lap is not uncommon. Which means Road America is known for producing first-time winners. On the way to winning the 2004 Skip Barber National title, Marco Andretti's first and only win came here at Road America. Last year, Goring's first SBN victory was at Road America. This year, it was Heistand's turn to break through at Road America.
And here's a couple more curveballs for you: Charles Anti is entered into this weekend's races. Anti competed in the Skip Barber Regional and National series in 2004 and 2005 on his way up into Star Mazda, and won a bunch of races in the Regionals. And Paul Albert, who finished seventh in 2005 SBN points (he had a fourth and a fifth at Road America that year) is also entered.