Mexico City: Jeff Segal preview

Segal hopes homework pays off in Mexico City (Miami, FL) 16 April 08--Talk about doing your homework in advance--Jeff Segal started his preparations for this weekend's Mexico City 250 over a year ago. In 2007, Speedsource signed Segal for the...

Segal hopes homework pays off in Mexico City

(Miami, FL) 16 April 08--Talk about doing your homework in advance--Jeff Segal started his preparations for this weekend's Mexico City 250 over a year ago.

In 2007, Speedsource signed Segal for the long-distance Rolex events, which gave him some useful seat time while also keeping his Rolex Mesco Building For The Future Rookie status intact for 2008. His long-distance auditions were impressive, and the 2007 KONI Challenge GS Champ is now racing full time with the team, sharing the driving duties with Emil Assentato in the FXDD Mazda RX-8.

So after a 7th-place Rolex 24 At Daytona result in 2007, Segal stepped out of the cockpit, but not out of the game, as he traveled with the team to learn as much as possible about the tricky 2.5-mile, 14-turn Autodromo Hermanos Rodrigeuz in Mexico City last year. Working with the team and serving as a spotter were investments that he hopes will pay off this weekend as he prepares for round three of the Rolex Sports Car Series season.

"I'm really glad I made the trip last year because even though these will be my first laps on this track, I already have a head start on knowing what I need to do to be up to speed quickly this weekend," said Segal. "Obviously things will be a little bit different this year running on the Pirellis rather than the Hoosiers, but a lot of the data and in-car footage that I studied last year will still be useful. I've bumped up my training to be ready for the altitude so I feel ready to go this weekend."

Segal and Assentato have started 2008 with two solid finishes-a 5th at Daytona and an 8th place GT Class result at Homestead, and the two are hoping to keep those results moving up as the Rolex Series picks up pace through the 2008 season.

"The FXDD Mazda RX-8 is really quick and I think Speedsource has shown itself to be one of the best-prepared teams in this paddock so we feel pretty confident heading into this weekend," said Segal.

Jeff Segal Notes:

MESECO Rookie battle

--Segal currently sits fourth in the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie standings. Due to the eligibility rules, the KONI Challenge Champion finds himself up against a bevy of highly talented racers, from former Formula 1 racer Ricardo Zonta to the vastly experienced Eric van de Pole. Entering Mexico City, Tim George Jr. leads the standings with 62, with Segal just 13 markers behind currently.

Experience vs. Youth

--The Speedsource FXDD car of Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal has both, with Segal competing for Mesco Rookie Honors, while co-driver Assentato is in contention for the Bobby Akin award.

-credit: jeffreysegal.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ricardo Zonta , Emil Assentato , Jeff Segal , Tim George Jr.