Gerardo renews coaching programs with USF2000 National Championship and Performance Tech for ALMS - LMPC / Prototype Lites for 2011

Gerardo renews coaching programs with USF2000 National Championship and Performance Tech for ALMS - LMPC / Prototype Lites for 2011

Sebring, FL - Gerardo Bonilla announced today he has renewed coaching programs with the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda series and with Performance Tech, a leading Florida based team fielding cars in the American LeMans Series LMPC category and in the feeder Cooper Tires Prototype Lites championship. 

Bonilla continues relationships with both organizations that go back several years.  Bonilla explains, “The USF2000 series is Dan Andersen’s baby.  I drove for Dan in the Star Mazda series in 2006, and since then, have coached for his Star Mazda and Indy Lights drivers from time to time.  Last year he asked me to join him as a mentor/coach for the USF2000 series.  It’s a great championship with some top caliber drivers and teams, like Andretti Autosport, Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, JDC MotorSports, and other top teams.”

“My relationship with Performance Tech also goes back a few years, beginning with driver Anthony Nicolosi who back then was driving in the IMSA Lites series (now Prototype Lites).  Today he’s moved up to LMPC with this team.  Performance Tech is no stranger to ALMS, having previously fielded the LMPC for several races last year including where I drove for them at Long Beach, and a GT class Dodge VIPER in previous years.  Team owner Brent ONeill has done a great job finding the right people, not just mechanics and engineers, but also drivers who all get along great.  It’s a really fun tent to work under!”

Bonilla will also be coaching drivers in the Skip Barber National and Regional series all year long, conducting test driver duties for both series as well as video and data coaching services both in person and online. 

On the driving side, Bonilla continues to pursue business partners who could help get him back in the seat of a car.  “I’m no different than any other driver this stage of my career.  If it doesn’t make good business sense, there’s no sense in taking the risk of driving.  When the right opportunity comes, it will be a wonderful moment to drive for a team again, or start my own.  I miss the professional and technical parts a driver works on each race weekend.  I still get to do some testing, but nothing beats a green flag,” related Bonilla. 

Look for Bonilla at the USF2000 hospitality tent or at Performance Tech in the ALMS paddock this weekend, March 14-19, 2011 at Sebring International Raceway!


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