Jeff Segal gives R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari its first race win in the Brickyard GP

Ferrari’s first 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series win is fourth for the 458 Italia, all with Segal.

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.

GT winners Max Papis and Jeff Segal kiss the yard of bricks
GT winners Max Papis and Jeff Segal kiss the yard of bricks

Photo by: Jay Alley

“This was the complete performance we have been capable of all year but finally were able to achieve today,” said Segal, who earned his ninth career GRAND-AM GT win. “Everything finally went our way today, from great strategy to great setups and outstanding pit work. Everybody at R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport has been giving this type of effort all year and it was nice to be able to finally win one for us and for Ferrari.”

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.

#61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari Ferrari 458: Max Papis, Jeff Segal
#61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari Ferrari 458: Max Papis, Jeff Segal

Photo by: Jay Alley

“Indy felt like we were finally able to reach the standard of performance, at least with the winning result, that we did in 2012,” Segal said. “Last year was a great a season for me, I have referred to it as benchmark for me, and it finally felt like that again. I am so happy for everybody on the team and proud that we were able to give Ferrari its first win this year and a major victory at Indianapolis.”

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.

Jeffrey Segal

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Emil Assentato , Jeff Segal
Article type Race report
Tags brickyard gp, ferrari, grandam, indianapolis, papis, segal