Jeff Segal race report

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Jeff Segal and Co-Driver Emil Assentato Finish Fourth In No. 69FXDD/SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 GT at Barber Motorsports Park

Pit stop for #69 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8: Emil Assentato, Jeff Segal
Pit stop for #69 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8: Emil Assentato, Jeff Segal

Photo by: Grand-Am Road Racing

Reigning GRAND-AM Rolex SportsCar Series GT-class Champion Jeff Segal, and his No. 69 FXDD/SpeedSourceMazda RX-8 GT teammate Emil Assentato, finished fourth in Saturday'sPorsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park after battling in the top-three in the final half of the race.

Segal took over from starting-driver Assentato 45 minutes into the2-3/4-hour timed sprint and started picking off positions. He was up tofourth with just under an hour remaining, cracked the top three with 45minutes to go and then battled with SpeedSource teammate JonathanBomarito in the No. 70 Mazda RX-8 GT for the final podium spot in therace's final 30 minutes. With newer tires, Bomarito managed to slip byfor third.

"That was just good, clean racing," Segal said. "Jonathan definitelyhad fresher tires than we had, so he was coming, we held him off longerthan I thought we would have, but there was too much race left, and hiscar was faster at the time. He got by, it was close, and I made himwork for it, but we had nothing left. To get fourth was pretty good,there were a couple of cars with newer tires and little more pace at theend behind us, and we held them off, so to that end it was prettygood."

It was a good weekend. Any time you are in the top five with this crowd it's good.

Jeff Segal

The fourth-place finish followed Segal and the No. 69 team'ssecond-place showing one race ago in the Grand Prix of Miami. Althoughthey remain 10th in the team championship standings with 64 points, theNo. 69 team improved to just 20 markers behind the GT class leaders.

"It was a good weekend," Segal said. "Any time you are in the topfive with this crowd it's good. I am a little bit disappointed becauseI thought we had more there. There was a little bit of a weird dealwith GRAND-AM giving the wave-by to the first and second-place cars,which basically handed it to them on a silver platter. It's a shamethat we couldn't have been a part of that battle because I think thatmaybe we would have had something. Ultimately fourth place is goodpoints, so we will move on to VIR and try and stay in the top five, likewe did last year, and see what happens."

Next up for Jeff Segal and the No. 69 FXDD/SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 GTteam is the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway, May13 - 14, and the race can be seen in same-day "virtual live" coverageon Saturday, May 14, at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

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