Monday, June 26, 2006 It was a solid weekend of racing — F1, NASCAR, Champ Car, IRL, Grand-Am, Star Mazda, Atlantic were all on the slate — and SBRS alumni again did extremely well.
A.J. Allmendinger won his second straight Champ Car World Series race, this time at Cleveland, while Jeff Gordon made it happen at Infineon (nee Sears Point) in the year’s first Nextel Cup road course race. In the IRL Sam Hornish, Jr., led 212 of 250 laps at Richmond, with Marco Andretti fourth, Scott Sharp fifth and Bryan Herta sixth.
In F1, a top-10 finish for any team other than McLaren, Ferrari and Renault is an accomplishment, so Scott Speed‘s 10th-place at Montreal for Toro Rosso-Cosworth was a good thing.
In Grand-Am Rolex at Mid-Ohio, Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney drove the Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype to third place (while SBRS-sponsored Wayne Taylor and his co-drivers took fourth). Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace were fifth, Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri seventh, David Donohue and Darren Law eighth, Mike Borkowski and Tommy Constantine ninth and Michael Valiente and Rob Finlay, 10th. Instructor Kelly Collins teamed with Paul Edwards to finish second in GT driving a Pontiac GTO.R, a lap ahead of third place Andy Lally, R.J. Valentine and Marc Bunting.
In Grand-Am Cup, also at Mid-Ohio, instructors David Russell and Kris Wilson were third in GS, just ahead of Brent Martini and Pat Long; Hugh Plumb and Matt Plumb were third in ST.
SBRS grads also came to the fore in America’s two primary open-wheel support series, Atlantic and Mazda. In Montreal in Mazda, a huge 15-car, first-lap crash unfortunately victimized 2005 Skip Barber National champion Gerardo Bonilla, but after the shortened race was re-started, Matt Varsha took second, Logan Gomez fourth, Ron White fifth and Charles Anti eighth. In Atlantic at Cleveland, Robbie Pecorari was fourth, 2003 Barber Dodge champion Leo Maia sixth, Joe D’Agostino seventh, instructor Jonathan Bomarito eighth, Alan Sciuto ninth and David Martinez 10th.
A.J. Allmendinger went direct from Skip Barber National (’01) to Barber Dodge (’02 champion, shown here) to Atlantic (’03 champion) to Champ Car (2004). He’s now got two consecutive wins, running under the Forsythe colors.