Bonilla takes Mosport pole Gerardo Bonilla of Orlando, Florida secured the pole position in qualifying for round six of the Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER Magazine at Mosport International raceway today. The race weekend...
Bonilla takes Mosport pole
Gerardo Bonilla of Orlando, Florida secured the pole position in qualifying for round six of the Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER Magazine at Mosport International raceway today. The race weekend will host rounds six and seven of the 2003 championship, with qualifying for race one taking place today, and qualifying for round seven taking place tomorrow. The round six race will start at 1:00 pm eastern on Saturday, with round seven scheduled to get underway at 2:00 pm on Saturday.
Bonilla is carrying some good momentum this race weekend, having finished fifth in round four, and stepping up to the podium with a strong third place in round five at Road America. The pole is Bonilla's first in National Championship competition, and the young racer was thrilled with the result.
"I am so excited to take the pole, since this is such a competitive group of racers," said Bonilla. "I really am enjoying racing at this track, and hope to turn my first pole into my first win. The racing in Road America was really good, some exciting action, and I am hoping that we have a good race tomorrow, although I want everything to be happening behind me!"
Round three race winner Ben Freudenberg of North Bend, Oregon, qualified in second, with Sebring pole sitter and Barber-Champ Car Scholarship driver Raphael Matos taking third. Zilvinas Oskutis of Lithuania qualified fourth, with Sebring race winner Matt Jaskol taking fifth in qualifying. Round two race winner and Barber Champ Car Scholarship racer Philippe Gelinas of Grand-Mere, Quebec, qualified sixth ahead of Zoltan Bodor in seventh, with Dominique Claessens taking eighth on the grid. Barber Champ Car racer David Jurca scored ninth in qualifying, with John Angelone, who carded a strong finish at Road America, rounding out the top ten.
The Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by Racer Magazine boasts an illustrious list of graduates, from last years champion, Grant Maiman, who will compete this summer in European Formula Renault as part of the Red Bull Formula One Drivers search, to Ryan Hunter-Reay, who made his first Champ Car World Series start last month in St. Petersburg, Florida. Other graduates include 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion A.J. Allmendinger, 2002 FF2000 Champion Brian Sellars, and 2003 Barber Dodge Pro Series competitors Al Unser, Scott Proirier, Leo Maia, and Colin Fleming.
The 2003 Championship again features a field deep in talent comprised of champions from lower formulae and karting. Raphael Matos of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, secured his Barber-Champ Car Scholarship at Sebring last December in the Formula Dodge National Run-Off, and is hoping to convert this opportunity into a championship. The young Brazilian was quickest in every session during the event, and is hoping to keep the pace up through the 2003 season. Four other drivers in the field are also members of the Barber-Champ Car Scholarship program, as Joe D'Agostino of Plantation, FL, Philippe Gelinas of Grand-Mere, Quebec, Matt Jaskol of Las Vegas, NV, and David Jurca of Federal Way, WA all secured a funded ride in the 2003 Formula Dodge Championship after impressing in the Barber-Champ Car Karting Scholarship Run-Off in January.
Skip Barber Racing School is the world's leading provider of automotive education and entertainment. With five base locations in Connecticut, Florida, California, and Wisconsin, Skip Barber operates at over twenty tracks nationwide. The Dodge Division of DaimlerChrysler, Michelin North America, and Quaker State are key strategic partners for the company. NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon, Indianapolis 500 Champion and Champ Car Champion Juan Montoya, and legend Michael Andretti are but three graduates to have emerged from Skip Barber Racing's nearly thirty years of training and expertise.
The stature of the Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER Magazine as a key rung in the development ladder is reflected in the international interest in the series, with drivers from five different nationalities, Canada, Mexico, Lithuania, Brazil, and the United States, taking part in this years championship.
Qualifying results, round six of the 2003 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship presented by RACER Magazine: <pre> Gerardo Bonilla 1:36.355 Ben Freudenberg 1:36.783 Raphael Matos 1:37.186 Zilvinas Oskutis 1:37.408 Matt Jaskol 1:37.517 Philippe Gelinas 1:37.736 Zoltan Bodor 1:38.074 Dominique Claessnes 1:38.297 David Jurca 1:38.346 John Angelone 1:38.561
Points Salvador Duran 69 Ben Freeudenberg 57 Dominique Claessens 46 Raphael Matos 46 Philippe Gelinas 45 Matt Jaskol 45