GENE SIGAL AND MATT PLUMB TO CO-DRIVE THE No. 7 FORTUNE MARKET DINAN BMW RILEY ALL SEASON Los Angeles, November 12, 2007 -- Drivers for the No. 7 Dinan BMW Riley Daytona Prototype were announced today. Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb were hired by ...
GENE SIGAL AND MATT PLUMB TO CO-DRIVE THE No. 7 FORTUNE MARKET DINAN BMW RILEY ALL SEASON
Los Angeles, November 12, 2007 -- Drivers for the No. 7 Dinan BMW Riley Daytona Prototype were announced today. Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb were hired by Fortune Market Racing to co-drive the 14-race 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. Both drivers will be on track on Wednesday for the Pirelli Test Days at Daytona International Speedway.
In addition to changing drivers, the former Sigalsport BMW team changed name and is now known as Fortune Market Racing. The team also changed car number and after using No. 05 for the past three seasons, the Fortune Market Dinan BMW Riley will now carry the Lucky No. 7.
Gene Sigal, 36, from Los Angeles, California, started the Sigalsport team in 2004 and was a driver/owner in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series for the past four seasons. Last year, Sigal competed in only one event; the Rolex 24 at Daytona where he raced in his first ever DP event and co-drove the 05 BMW Riley machine. In 2006, Gene competed in the full season of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series in the GT class, co-driving a BMW M3 and a Pontiac GTO. Gene scored a third place podium finish at the 2006 inaugural Sunchaser 1000 in Utah. In 2005 Sigal co-drove a Sigalsport Porsche GT3 and a BMW M3 in the Rolex Series GT class and finished second in the season finale in Mexico City. The same year, Sigal finished third overall in the inaugural 24 Hours of Dubai, co-driving a Porsche GT3. In 2004 Gene competed in his first full season of the Rolex Series SGS class and won the season finale at California Speedway.
Matt Plumb, 33, from Newport, Rhode Island, has competed in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series since 2004. In 2007 Matt competed with Speedsource Mazda in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and finished seventh in the GT class. Last season, he also raced in five Koni Challenge events. In 2006 Matt won the Koni Challenge manufacturer's championship for Acura and finished second in points in the drivers' championship ST class, scoring two wins and seven podium finishes. In 2005, Plumb competed with JMB Racing USA in the Rolex Series, co-driving a Ferrari 360 Challenge in the GT class and also raced in five Grand-Am Cup events co driving an Acura TSX in the ST class. Plumb scored his first ever Rolex Series podium finish at Homestead in 2004. Before starting in Grand-Am, Plumb competed in the Speed World Challenge and finished third in the series with two wins, two pole positions and two track records in 2004 and won the Rookie of the Year award in 2003. Between 1999 and 2001 Matt competed in the Dodge Pro Series championship and finished second in the 2001 championship and won two races, four pole positions and six podium finishes.
"We interviewed several drivers and Matt Plumb's profile was the perfect match for the individual Fortune Market was looking for to represent the publicly traded company as a driver and also as one of the key spokespersons" announced Gene Sigal, Fortune Market Media Vice-President and Director of Fortune Market Racing. "Matt Plumb is a very talented driver that has not had the chance to show his real talent yet. I am very happy that the team can give him that chance" added Sigal.
"I am so excited to have been hired by Fortune Market Racing and Gene Sigal to drive for this ambitious team" stated Matt Plumb. "This is the chance of a lifetime for me. I don't have words to describe it. Every driver wants to compete at the top level of the sport but even more important to me is to compete with a team like Fortune Market Racing that has all the tools to do it right. It is not every day that an opportunity like this comes along and I can assure you I will do everything I can to help take the team to a winning mode and to work hard with Gene Sigal to make sure we become one of the most competitive driver combinations in the DP paddock" said Plumb.
Fortune Market Racing is entering its second full Daytona Prototype season and after winning their first race, the Grand Prix of Miami in March 2007, Fortune Market Racing, with the help of its new technical director, Hayden Burvill, and strong winning team managed by Emmanuel Lupe and led by crew chief Christian Manseau, have an ambitious plan to run strong and be a true contender in 2008.