SBRS: Road America rounds four and five qualifying report

Salvador Duran takes Road America pole. ELKHART LAKE, WI--May 30, 2003--Mexico's Salvador Duran won the pole for race one of the Formula Dodge National Championship on the short course at Road America with a lap of 1.30.098 seconds on the...

Salvador Duran takes Road America pole.

ELKHART LAKE, WI--May 30, 2003--Mexico's Salvador Duran won the pole for race one of the Formula Dodge National Championship on the short course at Road America with a lap of 1.30.098 seconds on the 2.2-mile course. Zoltan Bodor will start along side of Duran in the first row, with Gerardo Bonilla and Joe D'Agostino comprising the second row. First round pole-sitter Rafael Matos qualified fifth, with Aivara Pyragius taking sixth on the grid. Jad Dea qualified seventh, with Dominique Claessens scoring eighth on the grid. Round two race winner Phillippe Gelinas will take the green flag from ninth on the grid, with round three race winner Ben Freudenberg taking tenth. The top eleven drivers qualified within .8 of a second of the pole time. Qualifiying for race two will take place on Saturday morning, with race one getting underway Saturday afternoon.

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.

International Entry:

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.

<pre> Points Standings

1 Ben Freudenberg               43
2 Philippe Gelinas              37
3 Matt Jaskol                   36
4 Rafael Matos                  30
4 Brian Frisselle               30
4 Zilvinas Oskutis              30
7 Salavador Duran               27
8 Joe D'Agostino                25
9 Dominique Claessens           20
10 Ricky Schmidt                13

Qualifying, Race One

Salvador Duran                  1:30.098
Zoltan Bodor                    1:30.328
Gerardo Bonila                  1.30.517
JOe D'Agostino .                1.30.581
Rafael Matos                    1.30.634
Aivara Pyragius                 1.30.686
Jad Dea                         1.30.720
Dominque Claessens              1.30.750
Phillippe Gelinas               1.30.762
Ben Freudenberg                 1.30.872

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Michael Andretti , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Colin Fleming , Skip Barber , Grant Maiman , Salvador Duran , Ben Freudenberg , Brian Frisselle , Joe D'Agostino , Gerardo Bonilla , Matt Jaskol , Al Unser
Teams HART