INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jeff Segal took the lead with 13 laps to go and never looked back Friday as he gave the No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari 458 Italia team its first GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series win at the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with co-driver Max Papis.
The long overdue victory for Segal and the first-year No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM team was also the first GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series win of the season for the Ferrari 458 Italia. The “Prancing Horse” GT car now has four total wins since entering the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series just last year, and Segal has been at the wheel when the checkered flag has waved for each of the victories.
A strong and smart race from start to finish, Segal crossed over Indy’s famous line of bricks for the final time Friday with a more than 10-second margin of victory. The win immediately went a long way in erasing the disappointments and bad luck that has plagued the first-year R.Ferri/AIM Ferrari team this season.
Segal is in his first year with Papis and the new Remo Ferri-led R.Ferri/AIM team but last year anchored three wins for Ferrari at Miami, New Jersey and Road America in the sister No. 69 Team FXDD AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia.
Segal co-drove to those wins with Emil Assentato and AIM and also captured the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series driver and team championships while playing a major role in Ferrari’s 2012 manufacturer title. He and Assentato also won the 2010 GT title for FXDD.
Segal’s first victory of 2013 season came after a season of primarily frustrating results in the year’s first seven races. Although he did break through for a third-place finish in June at the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Friday’s Indy victory will hopefully put an end to what has mainly been a season of bad luck and obscure issues.
“I definitely believe in momentum swings and this one was needed,” Segal said. “Wins tend to bring more wins. We scored back-to-back victories at one point last year and also won at Road America. It may be a little tougher this year with the competitive balance certainly seeming to favor the big-bore V8s but we will once again do everything we can to win again at Elkhart Lake.”
The 2013 Road America round is next up for Segal and his R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari teammates and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. The VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 will be held in two weeks, August 8 – 10, on the four-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, and can be seen live on SPEED at 5 p.m. EDT/2 p.m. PDT on Saturday, August 10.