Daytona II: Sigalsport preview

EXCITING FIRST DAYTONA PROTOTYPE RACE FOR SIGALSPORT BMW Los Angeles, California June 28, 2006: The Sigalsport / MOTUL / enVista / Piloti Driving Shoes / GRW.com.mx / GlycoMax / OMP BMW Dinan Riley Daytona Prototype No. 30 co-driven by Bill ...

EXCITING FIRST DAYTONA PROTOTYPE RACE FOR SIGALSPORT BMW

Los Angeles, California June 28, 2006: The Sigalsport / MOTUL / enVista / Piloti Driving Shoes / GRW.com.mx / GlycoMax / OMP BMW Dinan Riley Daytona Prototype No. 30 co-driven by Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff finished 23rd in an exciting race. This first ever DP race for the LA based racing team also marked the 300th career race for their superstar driver, Bill Auberlen.

Bill Auberlen achieved an outstanding milestone last weekend competing in his 300th professional auto race start. Auberlen, of Redondo Beach, California, has collected 71 wins and 127 podium finishes en route to six professional auto-racing championships. He has earned 53 pole positions, posted 61 fastest race laps and set 101 series and track records to date!

Gene Sigal and co-driver Peter MacLeod raced their 05 Java One Coffee / MOTUL / Piloti Driving Shoes / enVista / GRW.com.mx / GlycoMax / OMP BMW M3 to a 14th place finish in the GT class. Their car was very competitive in the first part of the race and they were hoping for a solid top seven but Gene was pushed by a GT car and forced to lose precious time. Peter MacLeod raced the car in the second stint but unfortunately since the collision earlier in the race, the duo had lost too much time and was only able to finish 14th. They both hope for a much better race at Daytona next Thursday.

For their first DP race, the Sigalsport BMW team did an excellent job and showed several times throughout the different sessions the true potential of the car. Unfortunately, a problem occurred during qualifying that disallowed Bill Auberlen to qualify in the top-ten. Bill, who missed part of the qualifying session, qualified the 30 car in 15th position. Matt Alhadeff, who was racing for the first time in a DP car, did a great job all weekend. At the start of the EMCO Gears Classic, the Sigalsport BMW DP driven by Bill Auberlen ran as high as 8th place before encountering another problem that forced the team to take the car to the garage to change the power steering rack during the race. After the fix, Matt Alhadeff was able to race 69 laps, which for him was a great racing experience in that type of car, especially to prepare for next Thursday's race at Daytona International Speedway.

The next race is scheduled for Thursday, June 29 at Daytona International Speedway and will be broadcast live on Speed TV at 7:00 PM Eastern time.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Gene Sigal