Jonathan Bomarito: I made a great start and as we approached Turn-1 I was going toward the inside when I saw Frank Perera edging Rapha (Raphael Matos) toward the inside wall, so I changed that plan up pretty quickly and went around the outside...
I made a great start and as we approached Turn-1 I was going toward the inside when I saw Frank Perera edging Rapha (Raphael Matos) toward the inside wall, so I changed that plan up pretty quickly and went around the outside and was able to make it stick. From there I was just that little bit slower at a couple of different points on the track and that made the difference because otherwise we were quite evenly matched. On the restarts the hairpin leading on to the front straight tends to be the great equalizer and there was just nothing I could do to catch Rapha at that point since we were so equal. Overall, I'm very happy. The team is really gelling now and we know the car well so I'm confident wins are within reach.
Race Recap: Bomarito Goes One Better
(Long Beach, CA) April 15, 2007 -- Jonathan Bomarito opened his 2007 Cooper Tires Champ Car Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda account in Las Vegas with a third-place finish and today in round 2 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Monterey Peninsula native went one better finishing second. The difference per lap to race winner Raphael Matos was fractions of a second as the pair were in a class of their own at the front of the thirty-car strong field. The two were the only cars lapping the 1.9-mile Long Beach course consistently in the 1 minute 16 second bracket.
Bomarito, 25, ran strong all weekend in the Miracle Sealants/PR-1 Motorsports Swift 016a. He began the race from the third position having quite possibly lost out on a front row starting position if not for a pair of ill-timed red flags in the final qualifying session that came just as Bomarito was on a fast lap.
As the green lights came on at the standing start along Shoreline Drive, Bomarito made a quick getaway. The field stormed down to the always precarious Turn-1, a tight left hand corner, Bomarito's split-second decision to go to the outside rather than the more traditional inside proved to be the key in gaining second place. Thereafter he and Matos edged away almost in lockstep from the rest of the field. The margin between the two cars hovered around 1 second for the entire race and never grew to wider than 1.8 seconds.
The series heads to Houston next weekend where Bomarito scored his first Atlantic podium in 2006.