SIGALSPORT DINAN BMW READY FOR ANOTHER ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA Los Angeles, January 20, 2008 -- The Sigalsport Dinan BMW racing returns to Daytona next week to participate in the first round of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by...
SIGALSPORT DINAN BMW READY FOR ANOTHER ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA
Los Angeles, January 20, 2008 -- The Sigalsport Dinan BMW racing returns to Daytona next week to participate in the first round of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, the grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona. For this event team owner Gene Sigal selected five drivers; Matt Plumb, Stephan Gregoire, Quentin Wahl, Michael Cullen and Paddy Shovlin. The Sigalsport Dinan BMW Riley, the only BMW powered DP car in the field, co-sponsored by HighCo, Cintas and Careco changed number this season and abandoned its traditional 05 for the "Lucky" No. 7. This is the fourth Rolex 24 at Daytona for the California based team started in early 2004 by business entrepreneur Gene Sigal. Sigalsport raced in a full season last year and won its first ever Daytona Prototype race at the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead Miami Speedway.
Matt Plumb will lead the group of five Sigalsport Dinan BMW drivers in this year's Rolex 24. Matt was hired to co-drive the No. 7 Sigalsport Dinan BMW last Fall and is racing in his first ever DP race. Following the Pirelli test Days last November and the early January 2008 test days at Daytona International Speedway, the No. 7 Sigalsport Dinan BMW Riley showed its potential by posting the 6th fastest time in November and the 7th fastest earlier this month.
Stephan Gregoire, a four time veteran of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, was hired to co drive the No. 7 Sigalsport Dinan BMW Riley last October. Gregoire came to the United States for the first time to race the 1993 Indianapolis 500. Stephan Gregoire's 2008 program includes racing at three of the most prestigious races in the world, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Stephan's 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona is sponsored by HighCo, a European-based marketing solutions group. HighCo works for mass-market retailers and consumer goods manufacturers offering complementary services such as coupon issuing, sampling, point of sale advertising and coupon clearing. HighCo employs a staff of over 700 in France, Belgium, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands.
Quentin Wahl, who brings sponsorship from Cintas, the service professionals, has Skip Barber open wheel experience and already raced at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, co-driving a Fabcar DP in 2005. Michael Cullen and Paddy Shovlin both have extensive international Ferrari Challenge experience. Paddy and Michael are very successful business partners in their homeland of Ireland and this will be their first ever DP race and first experience with the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Cullen is the current 2007 European Ferrari Challenge Champion.
"This is our fourth participation in the Rolex 24 at Daytona" announces Sigalsport Dinan BMW team owner Gene Sigal. "We had a fantastic showing last year and I am excited to be back. The Rolex 24 is definitely one the most exciting races in the world. I am so happy to be racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and even if I am not behind the wheel yet, our team is working towards that goal in the near future" added Sigal. "Our crew did an exceptional job to prepare for Daytona and despite the unexpected financial challenge we have encountered since November, we were able to put a program together for the 24 hours. I want to thank all the people that helped us to do so and gave us a chance to get back on two feet, especially our dedicated crew members, Steve Dinan and his team, Suntrust, Riley Technologies, Dynamic Suspensions, Pirelli, Michael Cullen, Paddy Shovlin and Quentin Wahl for signing a contract on New Year's Eve, Cintas, HighCo, EMCO, OMP, the Grand American Series, and all our vendors, without them this effort will not have been possible" added Sigal.