In March, Scott Anderson opened his Skip Barber National season with a pole and a fourth-place finish at Sebring. This past weekend, while racing at Lime Rock Park, he switched things up from the season-opener; starting fourth and finishing first in the Series’ season-finale.
It was the perfect end to a championship-winning season for the 22-year-old Colorado native. Scott Anderson is the 2011 Skip Barber National Champion and will now look to move up the motorsports ladder. He finished his sophomore campaign with six victories, four pole positions and 12 podium finishes.
As a reward for his performance, Anderson will receive a scholarship to compete in the 2012 USF2000 National Championship as well as a test with Bryan Herta’s Indy Lights team.
Earlier in the weekend, 35-year-old Gerardo Bonilla proved he still has the ability to pilot a race car fast. Incredibly fast. Bonilla, who serves as a junior formula driver coach, topped Danilo Estrela (+0.986 seconds) and Sebastian Ordonez (+1.299) to win Round 15. Anderson and Franco Aragones rounded out the fast five. Estrela was credited with the National win as Bonilla is a Skip Barber Cup driver.
In the season-finale, Round 16, Anderson had to fight his way up to the front from fourth. Ordonez didn’t make it easy for the champion, trading the top-spot lap-after-lap. When the checkered flag waved, however, it was Anderson followed by Trent Hindman (who started from pole in Round 15) and Ordonez (pole sitter for Round 16). Bonilla was fourth with Brandon Newey completing the top-five.
Following the completion of the 16-race season, the drivers gathered for the annual awards ceremony.