Over the Weekend: SBRS Alumini Results

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Monday, May 15, 2006 There were a lot of professional races over the weekend including Champ Car, Grand-Am Rolex, Grand-Am Cup, Star Mazda, Atlantic and a series debut, IMSA Lites. Overall, Skip Barber alumni did very well, including wins by Spencer Pumpelly, Andy Lally, Kelly Collins and Duncan Ende…

In Champ Car on the new Houston street circuit, the race was won by Sebastien Bourdais, but Nelson Phillippe qualified ninth and finished fourth, while A.J. Allmendinger qualified third and took eighth.

Also in Houston was ALMS. First place overall were Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish in the Audi R8, but Butch Leitzinger teamed with James Weaver in a Lola to take pole and finish second in P1, with Chris Dyson and Guy Smith third, also in a Lola. In the P2 division Clint Field and Liz Halliday were the victors in a Lola, with Guy Cosmo and Jamie Bach second, driving a Courage-Mazda. In GT2, Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister’s Porsche 911 were fourth, and Seth Neiman fifth (also in a GT3 RSR Porsche), and Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen seventh in a BMW E46 M3.

Both Mazda-Atlantic and Star Mazda were in Houston. Andreas Wirth was the Atlantic winner, but eight of the 28 starters were SBRS drivers. Jonathan Bomarito qualified sixth and finished third, Alan Sciuto scrabbled his way forward from 16th on the grid to sixth at the end, David Martinez went from 14th to eighth, and Leo Maia 18th to ninth. Raphael Matos had taken pole in qualifying and while leading on a late-race re-start, he and Graham Rahal touched and spun, relegating Matos to an 11th at the checker. Joe D’Agostino was 12th, Robbie Pecorari 18th and ‘‘Just Al’’ Unser 23rd.

In Star Mazda, Houston saw 37 starters, 11 of whom are Skip Barber alumnus. Ryan Justice took pole and won the race, but Matt Varsha posted another strong showing, qualifying sixth and finishing fourth. The 2005 Skip Barber National champion, Gerardo Bonilla, had a dismal weekend following his win in the opener at Sebring – Q9 and F34 (crash). Daniel Herrington qualified third and crossed the line second at the checker, but his car was DQ’d for a parts infraction post-race. The rest of the Skippy ‘‘field’’: Mickey Gilbert Q13, F9; Russell Walker Q10, F11; Logan Gomez Q17, F13; Doug Peterson Q23, F16; Brad Jaeger Q38, F18; Charles Anti Q28, F20; John Pew Q20, F21; Jason Bowles Q15, F32; and Ron White Q8, F35.

Also IMSA-sanctioned is the new-for-2006 IMSA Lites series, which opened at Road Atlanta. Duncan Ende won ”Class 2” in the first race, coming in third overall, and won both the class and the overall in race two.

Grand-Am was racing at Phoenix; the two Cup divisions had their own race, while the Daytona Prototypes and GTs ran together. Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz won DP in a Lexus Riley, but Wayne Taylor, running with SBRS sponsorship this year, did get fourth, driving with Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen in a Pontiac Riley. Double-duty Guy Gosmo (see Houston ALMS, above) took sixth in a Ford Crawford, teamed with Michael McDowell. In eighth were Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty in a Pontiac Riley, and ninth were Michael Valiente and Rob Finlay in a Ford Crawford. Other top-20 finishers were Ian James and Milka Duno (11th), Butch Leitzinger (15th), Rod MacLeod and Mark Patterson (16th), J.C. France (18th) and triple-duty Patrick Long (see above and below) was 20th.

In the GT division, with a Pontiac GTO.R, instructor Kelly Collins teamed with Paul Edwards to nip teammates Andy Lally, R.J. Valentine and Marc Bunting, while third was Boris Said (who won the qualifying race) and Ross Thompson, also in a GTO.R.

In Grand Sports, instructor Spencer Pumpelly teamed with Andy Lally in a new 997 Porsche 911 for a 12-second win over Boris and Anders Hainer, driving a Bimmer M3. Brent Martini and Patrick Long were fourth in another 997. Finishing in the 10 spot were Tim Traver and Mikel Miller (Carrera), just in front of Ian James and Valerie Limoges in a Mustang GT, who in turn were in front of Mike Borkowski and Tommy Constantine’s Nissan 350Z. James Gue, Nick Longhi, David Riddle, Kris Wilson, Terry Borcheller and David Murry also ran in GS.

The Grand-Am ST race was won by Mike Galati and Bob Endicott in an Acura RSX-S, but brothers Matt and ‘‘Huge’’ Plumb took pole and finished second, also in an RSX-S.

In F1 in Spain, Scott Speed’s motor done blowed up when he was running 11th, and JPM got his McLaren high-sided to end his day.

Rick Roso

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