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JONATHAN BOMARITO – ROAD AMERICA RACE REPORT

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Miracle Sealants/PR1 Motorsports Race Report
Champ Car Atlantic Championship, Round 12, Road America

Car 23, Jonathan Bomarito, Monterey, CA, USA
Championship Position – 5th, 207 Points

Driver Quote:

Jonathan Bomarito: Given how strong were throughout the entire weekend, I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed with the result. It’s still another Top-5 and I drove really well to recover from the opening lap errors, so I am satisfied with that. But still, it would have been nice to finish off the year with another podium or even another win, because I certainly feel like we had the car to do it this weekend.

Race Recap

(Elkhart Lake, WI) August 12, 2007 – Jonathan Bomarito garnered his seventh Top-4 result of 2007 at the Cooper Tires presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda season finale at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, but it could have been so much more. The fourth place result came as the result of stirring drive despite a bent front wing on a circuit that heavily penalizes flawed aerodynamics, as Bomarito worked perfectly to overcome a bogged start.

Solidly in the Top 3 in both qualifying sessions on the weekend, Bomarito took the start from the third position on the grid. But as the lights went out at the start, Bomarito bogged down and the field would soon swarm past. As they entered turn 1 three-wide, Bomarito would nudge Carl Skerlong and bend his front wing in the process. By the end of that lap he found himself in 6th position. Even after looking at the data following the race, no explanation was found for the poor start.

As the race settled into a rhythm and the field began to string out, Bomarito found he was less affected in the clean air with his front wing askew than in the turbulent air while running in the pack. By lap 7 of 22 he gained one position to 5th place and then a few laps later he would battle with Giacomo Ricci, dropping back to 6th briefly before moving up to fifth again. Then on lap 16 he managed to get by Ryan Lewis to claim 4th place, which he would maintain to the finish.

Bomartio finishes the 2007 season in 5th place overall.

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