Starting Grid for Race One Has Bonilla on Pole SEBRING, Fla. (March 17) - It's no shock that Sebring wizard Gerado Bonilla took pole position in wet conditions (2:46.292) this morning. Equally unsurprising is to find Matt Varsha third-quick ...
Starting Grid for Race One Has Bonilla on Pole
SEBRING, Fla. (March 17) - It's no shock that Sebring wizard Gerado Bonilla took pole position in wet conditions (2:46.292) this morning. Equally unsurprising is to find Matt Varsha third-quick (2:50.200). But Skip Barber National rookie Casey Neal's best lap has him second on the grid for this afternoon's season-opening Round One.
Neal, at 17 the same age as Varsha, comes out of the Snap-On Stars of Karting ranks and has all of two R/T 2000 races under his belt; Laguna Seca, in December. He'd not seen Sebring's historic 3.7 miles until this past Tuesday.
Varsha is one of this year's leading title contenders, as is Lorenzo Mandarino, who will start sixth. But, at least for this opening round, Skip Barber Regional standout Lucas McConnell (fourth) and U.S. Regional Run-off champion Adam Tran (fifth) are threats, and a win or podium result for either or both could give them the confidence they need to be season long contenders.
Another karting star, Garrett Zine is seventh, followed by Richard Heistand, Cole Nelson (a Skip Barber Karting Scholarship runner-up) and Peter Ludwig, a multiple race winner in Barber's Regional Series, rounds out the top 10.
<pre> 1. Gerardo Bonilla Orlando, Fla. 2:46.292 80.100 mph 2. Casey Neal Middletown, Ohio 2:47.934 3. Matt Varsha Atlanta, Ga. 2:50.200 4. Lucas McConnell Springfield, Va. 2:51.459 5. Adam Tran Vancouver, B.C., Can. 2:51.580 6. Lorenzo Mandarino Burnaby, B.C., Can. 2:51.780 7. Garrett Zine Rio Linda, Calif. 2:51.986 8. Richard Heistand Sunny Isles, Fla. 2:52.294 9. Cole Nelson Atwater, Calif. 2:52.415 10. Peter Ludwig New Paltz, N.Y. 2:53.281 11. Alan Sciuto Orange, Calif. 2:53.289 12. John Angelone Bridgewater, N.J. 2:53.394 13. Jordy Vorrath White Rock, B.C., Can. 2:53.550 14. Winston de Wardt Steamboat Springs, Colo. 2:54.037 15. Andy Rossetto Grafton, Wis. 2:55.330 16. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Xochimanga, Mexico 2:55.748 17. Paul Albert Ottawa, Ont., Can. 2:56.499 18. Terrick Mansur Oranjestad, Aruba 2:56.960 19. Chris Cook Coopersburg, Pa. 2:58.821 20. Eoin Ryan, Co. Tipperary, Ireland 2:58.922 21. Jimmy Holden Tiona, Pa. 3:00.963 22. Jimmy Locke Center Barnstead, N.H. 3:01.891 25. Rick Carlino Deerfield Beach, Fla. 3:11.285 24. Alain Roger Matrat Annapolis, Md. 3:12.860 23. Jeremy Morales Glen Head, N.Y. 3:20.005