Grease Monkey Racing Wins SGS Class in Lexus Grand American 400k at California speedway. Los Angeles, Ca., November 1, 2004--- Gene Sigal and Harrison Brix drove an incredible race at Fontana to earn Grease Monkey Racing's first win in the Rolex...
Grease Monkey Racing Wins SGS Class in Lexus Grand American 400k at California speedway.
Los Angeles, Ca., November 1, 2004--- Gene Sigal and Harrison Brix drove an incredible race at Fontana to earn Grease Monkey Racing's first win in the Rolex Grand-Am Series. Sigal and Brix shared the #04 DHL, Sirius Satellite Radio, Nextel Communications, and Vitamin Water Porsche GT3 Cup Car to earn the rookie California team a well deserved first win in SGS. Andrew Alfonso and Tim Traver finished fifth in SGS after suffering problems before the race in the King Taco, SimpleNet, RPM Aceleracion and JM Racing #03 Porsche GT3 Cup Car.
"I am so happy, I can't explain it," said team manager, Jean Marchioni after the race. "The win makes up for all those late nights, and last minute repairs we had to do during the season. I am so happy for Eduardo, James, Demetrius and the rest of the crew," continued Marchioni.
Sigal started the race in fourth in class, but a drive-through penalty for jumping the start put him last at the end of the first lap. Luckily an early yellow bunched the field, which lessened the severity of the penalty. Sigal promptly drove to the front and took the lead in SGS on lap 12, where he stayed until just before the end of his stint. Brix jumped in at half distance and battled with Randy Pobst for second place.
"It really was a big battle," Brix said. "When Randy Pobst caught me, we were in the thick of it. He kept getting held up by the DP's. My spotter, Billy Johnson, was awesome, he kept telling me to keep going."
Fontana was the home race for Grease Monkey Racing, and was also the long awaited debut of the second team car. Andrew Alfonso, from Danville California, who drove at the Watkins Glen 6-hours, teamed with Barber Dodge racer, Tim Traver, from San Diego. An accident in the warm-up was only the start of the problems for the #03 car before the green flag. During the out lap to the pre-grid, the hood flew open, and shattered the windshield. With less then 5-minutes before the start, Grease Monkey Racing had to replace the windshield and fix the hood. This kind of adversity is nothing new to GMR, and only makes their first win more memorable. Alfonso started from pit lane, and worked the draft with Sigal during the opening laps to work his way to the front. By lap 8, Alfonso was already third in SGS, right behind Sigal. The duo brought the second GMR entry home to fifth in class.
Grease Monkey Racing will be back in Grand-Am in 2005. An announcement will be made towards the end of the year on which cars and class they will run. GMR would like to thank DHL, Sirius Satellite Radio, Nextel Communications, Glaceau Vitamin Water, Car Graphic, RPM Aceleracion, JM Racing, Sparco, Motul, Moton Suspension, Performance Concepts, Cleber Design, King Taco, Hoosier Tires, SimpleNet, AvantiKart.com, La Red 106.1, Autodromo Los Volcanos, Evolution Motorsports, Asco, Porsche Motorsports, Vision, Speed Gallery, Visit Guatemala, and RacerStation.com for their help this season. Gene Sigal and Jean Marchioni would also like to thank Eduardo Cademartori, James Nero, Hasso Tengelmann, Demetrius Stelly, Mike Perrine, Luis Bergandi, David Sigal, Eugene Brusilovski, Harrison Brix, Andrew Alfonso, Adolfo Castillo, Tim Traver, Dennis Puddester, Carlos Zaid, Dennis Aase, Phillip Goglia, Eduardo Borrayo, Mirza Borrayo, Harry Brix, Bob Faieta, Scott Gladstone, Lex Carson, Billy Mata, Jaime Migoya, John Neilson, Sonny Davis, Johnny Headers, Alex Bassi and the rest of the people that made this first season in Grand-Am successful.