Daytona 24: SigalSport race report

SIGALSPORT LED THE ROLEX 24 AND FINISHED 14TH IN DP! Los Angeles, February 2, 2008 - Sigalsport Dinan BMW team finished 14th in the DP class at the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first round of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series and the...

SIGALSPORT LED THE ROLEX 24 AND FINISHED 14TH IN DP!

Los Angeles, February 2, 2008 - Sigalsport Dinan BMW team finished 14th in the DP class at the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first round of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series and the most grueling endurance race in North America. With Matt Plumb at the wheel, the No. 7 HighCo / Cintas/ GRW.com.mx / Careco Sigalsport Dinan BMW Riley qualified 9th, proving once again the competitiveness of the team.

The No. 7 car co-driven by Matt Plumb, Stephan Gregoire, Quentin Wahl, Michael Cullen and Paddy Shovlin, led 16 laps during the first hour of the twice around the clock race! This was a remarkable performance from the Sigalsport team and its drivers who did not have a ride a week before due to problems encountered with Fortune Market.

"It was an outstanding performance that we finished the race and also that we led the race" declared Sigalsport team owner, Gene Sigal. "Our crew did a phenomenal job in preparing the car for the race and knowing the budget we had to do it, this was a miracle" added Sigal. I had to step out of the car and sell my seat to one of our drivers because we had no budget to go racing after what happened with Fortune Market. Our drivers, Matt Plumb, Stephan Gregoire, Quentin Wahl, Paddy Shovlin and Michael Cullen formed a great driver roster and despite four accidents during the race and a gearbox problem that forced the team to change the box after six hours, they were able to finish the race in 14th place in DP. We want to thank all the vendors (Dinan, Suntrust, Riley, XTRAC, EMCO, OMP, Guarneros, Dynamic Suspensions, Windrush Evolutions, MOTEC, etc.); our dedicated sponsors (HighCo, Careco and Cintas); our drivers, the friends of the team that financially helped too and our crew who scarified so much and stuck with us. Without all of them the team would not have been able to race at all" declared Sigal.

Matt Plumb and Stephan Gregoire did most of the driving at night and kept the car at the top of the speed chart at all times during their stints. They really helped the team climb back from 45th position after the first two accidents to 28th overall at the finish.

The Dinan BMW V8 engine that was in the car was extremely reliable, knowing that it was the same engine used for the January tests and the race. It really showed that Dinan BMW technicians developed a fantastic engine over the last two seasons and that they must be commended for their efforts. The new Dinan BMW engine will be used for the first time at Homestead by the Sigalsport team in the No. 7 car.

Sigalsport is now back in California to regroup and prepare for the next race. The team must find sponsorship quickly to be able to continue racing, but many discussions with potential sponsors took place over the last two weeks and the team remains optimistic of its chances to find a new title sponsor.

-credit: sigalsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stephan Gregoire , Matt Plumb , Gene Sigal , Quentin Wahl , Michael Cullen , Paddy Shovlin