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SIGALSPORT TEAM CALIFORNIA READY TO RACE IN HOME STATE! Los Angeles, California. (August 21, 2006) -- The Sigalsport BMW is ready to start its last 2006 racing campaign that will take the team from Los Angeles to Infineon Raceway this week for...

SIGALSPORT TEAM CALIFORNIA READY TO RACE IN HOME STATE!

Los Angeles, California. (August 21, 2006) -- The Sigalsport BMW is ready to start its last 2006 racing campaign that will take the team from Los Angeles to Infineon Raceway this week for Saturday's (August 26) Infineon 250, and following the California race, the Sigalsport BMW team will head to the brand new Miller Motorsports Park in Utah for the season finale. The Discount Tire Sunchaser 9 hours of Utah is the second longest race in the 2006 series and the race is scheduled for September 2.

The Infineon 250 at Infineon Raceway is scheduled to be broadcast on Speed on August 27 at 3:00 PM ET and the Discount Tire Sunchaser Utah 9 hours will be live on Speed TV from 2:00 PM EST to 4:00 PM EST and from 6:00 PM EST until 11:00 PM EST.

Gene Sigal and Peter MacLeod will co-drive their Java One Coffee / MOTUL / enVista / GlycoMax / GRW.com.mx No. 05 BMW M3 machine at the last two races. The duo is now ranked 7th in the 2006 Rolex Series GT team point standings and with a good solid run at both events, may still finish in the top-five overall, which will be a very decent result for both drivers considering that the BMW M3 had some difficulties this season to compete against the Pontiac GTOs and The Porsche 997s. Matt Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen will co-drive the BMW Riley No. 30 4M / The Speed Gallery / Motul / GRW.com.mx / enVista / Piloti Driving Shoes / GlycoMax and will certainly try to achieve their best DP result together. Auberlen and Alhadeff finished their last two races in 14th place but they are aiming for a much higher finish at the next two events since they both know that they have a very competitive package.

b^0x001cFollowing Watkins Glen we were a little bit disappointed with our result. Even if it was only our fourth DP race, we thought we had the package to fight with the best teams" announced team owner Gene Sigal. "When we rented the BMW Riley from Brian Tuttle to do our first two DP races, our car was really fast. We were continuously in the top seven at almost every session at Mid-Ohio and Daytona. In retrospect we did not understand why we were not as fast right out of the box with the new car" said Sigal. "We asked Dinan Engineering to double check every component of the engine to make sure every new exhaust, ECU, headers and all other parts delivered with the new car were tested and that we were not losing horsepower anywhere. This is what Steve Dinan agreed to do and we are anxious to see the result next weekend. In the chassis department our car has all the latest technology and parts that Riley Technologies offers to its customers. I really want the best for the team and our drivers. We only have the last two races to shine and prepare for 2007" announced Gene.

Bill Auberlen loves to race at Infineon. This is one of his favorite tracks and he has had a lot of successes there. Matt Alhadeff also likes the Sonoma County racetrack and in an effort to learn the track, Matt went to the Formula Russell School last week to do some lapping sessions which will definitely help him when racing with the "big boys" this week.

Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff tested at Miller Park last July and left Miller Park with one of the fastest lap times amongst the 16 DP cars in attendance at the test. Their last month's test will also help both drivers when the first session goes green since it is very tough to learn the 24-turn 4.5 mile road course!

-credit: www.sigalsport.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Gene Sigal , Brian Tuttle