Pass for Cash
Tuesday, September 06, 2005 LEXINGTON, Ohio – Gerardo Bonilla didn’t need the last two races of the year to clinch the title. All he needed was today’s. Taking advantage of a slight Matt Varsha bobble out of the Keyhole corner at Mid-Ohio, Bonilla passed the polesitter and race leader on lap 12 of 17 and stayed in front to win the race. Combined with Jordy Vorrath’s fifth-place finish, Bonilla clinched the 2005 Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER title and its $100,000 championship bonus.
Following the last race tomorrow afternoon, there’ll be a full report on both races.
Round 13 of 14, September 6, 2005, Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 15-turn, 2.4-mile (no chicane) road course
Start position in parentheses
1. (2) Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, Fla., 17.5 laps, 87.410 mph winning average speed
2. (1) Matt Varsha, Atlanta, Ga., 17.5 laps
3. (5) Cole Nelson, Atwater, Calif., 17.5
4. (3) Garrett Zine, Rio Linda, Calif., 17.5
5. (4) Jordy Vorrath, White Rock, B.C., Canada, 17.5
6. (6) Paul Albert, Ottawa, Ont., Canada, 17.5
7. (10) Kyle Lawrence, Port Huron, Mich., 17.5
8. (7) Andy Rossetto, Grafton, Wis., 17.5
9. (9) Richard Heistand, Sunny Isles, Fla., 17.5
10. (8) Jonathan Goring, Norfolk, Conn., 17.5
11. (11) Winston de Wardt, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 17.5
12. (12) Logan Gomez, Brazil, 17.5
13. (13) Jimmy Holden, Tiona, Pa., 17.5
Race length: 17.5 laps of 2.4-mile, 15-turn road course for 42.0 miles
Time of race: 28 minutes, 00.358 seconds
Winner’s average speed: 87.410 mph
Margin of victory: 0.894 seconds
Lap leaders: Varsha, 1 – 11; Bonilla, 12 – 17
Fastest race lap: Varsha, 1:34.558 / 91.372 mph, lap 15
Fastest qualifier: Varsha, 1:34.413 / 91.513 mph
The following photo sequence is Gerardo Bonilla’s pass on Matt Varsha going into Turn Seven at Mid-Ohio on lap 12. Bonilla kept Varsha at bay for the remaining five laps to win the race and clinch the SBNC title and its $100,000 cash bonus.
Bonilla (c.) goes nuts and at the risk of life and limb to the cadre of photographers, tosses a nearly empty water bottle into the gathered throng. Varsha (l.) stares in disbelief, Nelson (r.) remains excitedly jealous.
Words & pix, Rick Roso