Mario Bonfante
Auto Racing
Mario Bonfante
Age: 28
Gilroy, CA
My name is Mario Bonfante and I'm 24 years old. I've been involved in racing for most of ... more
Rank: Pro
Competition: About Once Per Month: Since 2011
Recent Class(es): None
Racing: Since 2011 - About Twice Per Month


- 2005:
1st place 125 Novice series overall - Mutant Motor-sports Spring series.
2nd place 250 Nov. series overall - Mutant Motor-sports Spring series.
1st place school boy series overall - Mutant Motor-sports Spring series.
1st place 125 Novice qualifier - Mammoth Amateur National.
7th place overall 250 Novice - Mammoth Amateur National

- 2005: July - purchased 20o5 CBR600RR
August - Earned AFM racing License.
15th place finish from 45th grid position at ButtonWillow in 600 production.
25th place overall in 600 super bike from 48th Grid position.

- 2006: first AFM / WERA Season
- March 3/26/06 - AFM Button Willow
600 Superbike: 12th place from 50th grid position.
600 production: 17th place from 53rd grid position.

- April 4/9/06 - WERA Las Vegas,
1st place in C600 SuperBike novice
1st place in C600 Production novice

- April 4/32/06 - AFM Infineon Raceway:
5th place 600 SuperBike
4th place 600 production

- May 5/9/06 - WERA Miller Motorsports Park,
1st place in C600 SuperBike novice
1st place in B Superstock novice

- May 5/28/06 - AFM Infineon Raceway:
4th place 600 SuperBike
4th place 600 production

- June 6/18/06 - AFM Thunder Hill Raceway:
2nd place 600 SuperBike

- July 7/16/06 - AFM Thunder Hill Raceway:
5th place 600 production


I finally made it back out to the track in March of 2012 for my fist time ever on 4 wheels and no longer on 2. It had been a long 5 year journey back to the track but Iv finally made it back out to where I feel the most at home. I planned to race the whole NorCal NASA series this year but due to mechanical issues with the car this season didn't exactly go as planned. I was able to get all of my HPDE classes taken care of in order to earn my racing license with NASA. All though I wasn't able to run a full race in the car this year, we did a handful of track days and got some good time on track to run problem shake down and chassis setup test's. I believe we now have a well sorted championship contending and with the more knowledge and experience I gain behind the wheel and in a car, we have a very competitive package to offer.


My ambitions for next season is to run the complete West Coast Northern California NASA racing series as well as a few SCCA events if possible. The NorCal NASA series will be my main focus but on the months that they don't run I would like to attend some other racing sanctions to gain the experience as well as exposure. I plan to practice at least once a month on top of the race weekends as well to increase my seat time and confidence behind the wheel.
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