SCC: Jeff Segal season preview

Segal going long in 2007 GT-class campaign in the endurance Rolex events coupled with full-time Koni Challenge run will keep Segal busy in 2007... (Daytona Beach, FL) 17 January 07--After a strong rookie season in the 2006 Grand-Am Koni...

Segal going long in 2007
GT-class campaign in the endurance Rolex events coupled with full-time Koni Challenge run will keep Segal busy in 2007...

(Daytona Beach, FL) 17 January 07--After a strong rookie season in the 2006 Grand-Am Koni Challenge, Jeff Segal will be stepping up to contest a partial season in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class in 2007. Segal has been selected to co-drive the No. 69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 campaigned by SpeedSource Engineering with Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi for the Rolex 24 At Daytona in two weeks' time.

Segal will also do GT-class battle in the Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen in June and then again in the season-ending Rolex event at Miller Motorsports Park in September.

The GT campaign is not Segal's first foray in the class, having made three starts behind the wheel of a Maserati Light GT in 2004 and again in 2005. The University of Miami student has been working on his upward progression in sports cars, and is looking forward to his next challenge.

"The GT class is going to be incredibly competitive again this year and I'm really looking forward to going up against this full field," said Segal. "I am excited to have been invited to be a part of this team and I want to thank them for the confidence they have in me. The 24 is a big challenge, but this is the next logical step for me to keep progressing with the speed I've shown so far. Having all the experience of SpeedSource behind me is a huge boost because the endurance races are a different animal, and these guys know what they are doing."

Segal has also been selected to team with Jep Thorton in a full season Koni Challenge run with Automatic Racing in the GS Class. Segal and Thorton will utilize a brand-new BMW M3 built by Joe Varde for Automatic. Despite scoring three podiums and consistently qualifying as the quickest BMW including a run to the pole in Mid-Ohio, Segal's rookie run didn't produce the results he was looking for, something he is hoping to address this season.

"I've learned a lot running in Koni so far and feel like we can compete for podiums and wins this season," said Segal. "I want to thank Jep and Automatic for selecting me as his co-driver for the season, as I feel very comfortable working with Automatic and I'm really excited about the pace the car has had in testing. My goal is to race full-time in the Rolex Series, first in the GT class and then up to Daytona Prototypes, and I know that making the most of the opportunities I have this season is going to help create new ones towards that goal."

-credit: sgm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Emil Assentato , Nick Longhi , Jeff Segal , Joe Varde
Teams Automatic Racing , SpeedSource