SIGALSPORT FINISHES THE PORSCHE 250 DESPITE A RACING ACCIDENT! Los Angeles, August 2, 2005: The Sigalsport Porsche GT3 Cup sponsored by Alhadeff Companies, Apex, MOTUL USA and The Speed Gallery co-driven by Sigalsport owner and driver Gene ...
SIGALSPORT FINISHES THE PORSCHE 250 DESPITE A RACING ACCIDENT!
Los Angeles, August 2, 2005: The Sigalsport Porsche GT3 Cup sponsored by Alhadeff Companies, Apex, MOTUL USA and The Speed Gallery co-driven by Sigalsport owner and driver Gene Sigal and Matt Alhadeff, finished the Porsche 250 23rd in class last Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park.
It was the first race for the new look Sigalsport Porsche #05.
Since many new systems needed to be validated, Gene Sigal qualified the car 20th in GT Class and took the green flag of the race on Sunday afternoon. Sigal was aiming for another good result since the car, equipped with a new transmission due to a problem encountered during the morning's warm up, was the best car Gene had driven during the event. After the first six laps, Gene, who started to pass GT competitors making his way to the top of the GT board, was involved in a regrettable collision with another Porsche.
Gene Sigal was able to take the damaged car #05 to the pits. At first sight the damage looked almost irreversible, but the highly motivated crew was able to change the front bumper, fender and radiator in less than 20 minutes; a true performance from the Sigalsport team led by crew chief Eduardo Cademartori and Technical Manager James Nero.
Gene Sigal was able to regain the race after losing 17 laps.
Half way through the race, Matt Alhadeff was able to start his stint. Matt, who was discovering the Alabama track for the first time, was able to keep a quick pace and made no mistakes during the dozen of laps run on the wet track proving one more time his ability to drive competitively in one of the most grueling endurance series in the world.
This result is disappointing for the team that was expecting another top ten but despite the accident, the team scored 8 more championship points. Hopefully, Sigalsport will put this race behind them and the crew and drivers will concentrate on the next round of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the Comp USA 200 at Watkins Glen scheduled for August 11 and 12, 2005.