In 2006, the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) introduced IMSA Lites.
The series was created to provide an opportunity for drivers competing at the amateur level to advance
to a professional series or to prepare for a category such as the American Le Mans (ALMS).
The mission is to develop future drivers and teams for the ALMS.
IMSA Lites features three classes of purpose-built sports racing prototypes – Lites 1, Lites 2 and Lites 3. The primary factor determining the categorization of a car is engine displacement.
2007 IMSA Lites Championship consisted of six race weekends, with doubleheaders at each event.
In addition to a driver’s championship, there are also titles for Teams and Constructors.
The fourth weekend of the 2007 IMSA Lites Championship presented by Hankook Performance Tires was held at Mosport International Raceway. Drivers would compete in rounds seven and eight on the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|A field of twenty-one IMSA Lites competitors enter Mosport International Raceway’s final corner (turn ten) in anticipation of the start of round seven. The L1 points leader, Gerardo Bonilla, is on the pole in the No. 9 BK Motorsports / Skip Barber Elan DP-02. Next two, Bonilla is the second-fastest qualifier, Shelby Mershon, driving the Mershon Motorsports Elan DP-02. Occupying row two are Charlie Shears and Chapman Ducote.|
|The L1 points leader, Gerardo Bonilla, entered rounds seven and eight at Mosport International Raceway with an impressive record. Bonilla had five podium results in six starts, three of which were victories. He would add to the win column at Mosport. Bonilla started on the pole Saturday and was first to the checkered flag. The next day, he delivered the same results in the No. 9 Elan DP-02.|
|Just as Gerardo Bonilla had dominated the L1 class at Mosport International Raceway, Mark White did the same in L2. Unlike L1, this category was turning into a ‘two-horse race’ for the title. Robby Card was leading the points chase with White in second. Victories in rounds seven and eight moved the driver of the No. 02 Accumoto Motorsport West WR1000 from sixteen points to within six markers of the L2 class leader.|
|Twenty-one drivers head into Mosport International Raceway’s corner nine for round eight of the 2007 IMSA Lites Championship. The points leader and Saturday’s L1 winner, Gerardo Bonilla, is starting on the pole in the No. 9 BK Motorsports / Skip Barber Elan DP-02. Sharing the front row with Bonilla is the winner of round six, Jay Cochran, driving the No. 8 Primetime Race Group Elan DP-02.|
|Dominating the L3 category this weekend at Mosport International Raceway was Richard Spicer. The two-time Spec Racer Ford National champion was piloting the No. 65 Hagerman RacEngineering Van Diemen DP-06. He led the title chase despite failing to score any points in rounds two (Sebring International Raceway) and three (Miller Motorsports Park). The wins in races seven and eight aided his championship aspirations.|
|Jay Cochran missed the first two rounds of the series and made his debut at Miller Motorsports Park, where he collected second and third-place finishes in the L1 category. In round five at Lime Rock Park, he grabbed another runner-up result, but he beat Gerardo Bonilla for the win in the finale. At Mosport International Raceway, the driver of the No. 8 Primetime Race Group Elan DP-02 claimed a pair of second-place finishes.|
|1||L1||Gerardo Bonilla||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|2||L1||Jay Cochran||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|3||L1||Kerry Jacobsen||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|4||L1||Shelby Mershon||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|5||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|6||L2||Mark White||West WR1000||16||-|
|7||L1||Antonio Downs||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|8||L1||Johnny Meriggi||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|9||L2||Dan McBreen||West WR1000||16||-|
|10||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000||16||-|
|11||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|12||L1||Tom Mabey||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|13||L3||Richard Spicer||Van Diemen DP-06||16||-|
|14||L3||Robert Mumm||Van Diemen DP-06||16||-|
|15||L3||Chris Funk||Van Diemen DP-06||16||-|
|16||L3||Paul Schneider||Van Diemen DP-06||16||-|
|17||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02||16||-|
|18||L2||Robby Card||West WR1000||16||-|
|19||L3||Kelly Toombs||Van Diemen DP-06||16||-|
|20||L1||Joel Feinberg||Elan DP-02||15||-|
|21||L1||Chapman Ducote||Elan DP-02||7||Did Not Finish|
|POS.||CLASS||DRIVERS||CAR / ENTRANT||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||L1||Gerardo Bonilla||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|2||L1||Jay Cochran||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|3||L1||Kerry Jacobsen||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|4||L1||Joel Feinberg||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|5||L1||Shelby Mershon||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|6||L1||Chapman Ducote||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|7||L1||Dan Weyland||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|8||L2||Mark White||West WR1000||21||-|
|9||L2||Eric Vassian||West WR1000||21||-|
|10||L1||Tom Mabey||Elan DP-02||21||-|
|11||L2||Robby Card||West WR1000||20||-|
|12||L2||Dan McBreen||West WR1000||20||-|
|13||L1||Antonio Downs||Elan DP-02||20||-|
|14||L3||Richard Spicer||Van Diemen DP-06||20||-|
|15||L3||Chris Funk||Van Diemen DP-06||20||-|
|16||L3||Robert Mumm||Van Diemen DP-06||20||-|
|17||L3||Kelly Toombs||Van Diemen DP-06||20||-|
|18||L3||Paul Schneider||Van Diemen DP-06||20||-|
|19||L1||Charlie Shears||Elan DP-02||19||Did Not Finish|
|20||L1||Johnny Meriggi||Elan DP-02||1||Did Not Finish|
|21||L1||Richard Berry||Elan DP-02||0||Did Not Finish|
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