Rounds 11 & 12 of the National

Thursday, August 18, 2005 ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – With the ALMS and Road America having been generous with Thursday’s test-day track time, the Skip Barber National Championship Presented by RACER had four sessions; three practice, plus qualifying for race one tomorrow afternoon. In the morning’s first practice, championship leader Gerardo Bonilla edged Andy Rossetto (who won one of the two races here in early July) by .066, with Jordy Vorrath, Paul Albert and Cole Nelson all within a second of Bonilla. In the second practice session, in wet conditions, Bonilla again was quickest — by a full three seconds — with Nelson, Rossetto, Matt Varsha and Garrett Zine following. In the back-to-dry conditions of the third practice session, Rossetto was .008 faster than Bonilla, with Vorrath, Albert and Varsha rounding out the quickest five.

When it came time to put a lap in for the grid for the weekend’s first race, the polesitter wound up being… Rossetto. His 2:32.154 (a new record) killed Vorrath’s :33.016 and Cole Nelson’s :33.097. Bonilla? After curing a minor handling problem early in the session, his 2:33.365 looked to be a bellweather of quicker times. But he never got the chance, as something went askew on his suspension as he exited Turn 14, and he had to go four-off to prevent a spin. He’ll start fourth, which does not suit him in the least. “Being on the outside at the start, you’re going to go backwards,” Bonilla said. “I’d rather be fifth!”

Starting grid, Round 11, SBNC at Road America:

1. Andy Rossetto, Grafton, Wis., 2:32.154 / 95.78 mph
2. Jordy Vorrath, White Rock, B.C., Can., 2:33.016
3. Cole Nelson, Atwater, Calif., 2:33.097
4. Gerardo Bonilla, Orlando, Fla., 2:33.365
5. Garrett Zine, Rio Linda, Calif., 2:33.542
6. Paul Albert, Ottawa, Ont., Can., 2:33.844
7. Matt Varsha, Atlanta, 2:34.126
8. Casey Neal, Middletown, Ohio, 2:34.309
9. Charles Anti, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2:34.437
10. Winston de Wardt, Steamboat Springs, Colo., 2:34.468
11. Timmy Megenbier, Melrose Park, Ill., 2:34.478
12. Richard Heistand, Sunny Isles, Fla., 2:34.928
13. Jimmy Holden, Tiona, Pa., 2:35.429
14. Jonathan Goring, Norfolk, Conn., 2:35.593
15. Brett Fenske, Appleton, Wis., 2:36.519
16. John Muehl, Sussex, Wis., 2:39.258
17. Jonathan Gore, Franklin, Tenn., 2:39.360
18. James E.A. Rolin, Long Beach, Calif., 2:42.061
19. Alain Roger Matrat, Annapolis, Md., 2:48.158

Local Boy Makes Good. Again. Andy Rossetto of nearby Grafton, Wis., won one of the two National races here at Road America in July. Today he took pole for this weekend’s first race.

With three National wins under his belt already — matching points leader Gerardo Bonilla — Jordy Vorrath’s front row starting spot gives him a chance to gain some much needed ground. Vorrath is 25 points behind Bonilla in the chase for the $100,000.

Third in points Cole Nelson (he’s just 4 behind Vorrath) will start third tomorrow afternoon.

Photos & words, Rick Roso

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