SIGALSPORT BMW HAD SUCCESSFUL TEST AT HOMESTEAD
Los Angeles, December 8, 2006: The two-day Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway ended Wednesday afternoon on a high note for Sigalsport BMW. Bill Auberlen ran one of the fastest times of the day, only tenths of a second slower than Canadian Michael Valiente. Bill held the fastest time (1' 14" 400) for most of Wednesday afternoon which showed the true potential of the Sigalsport BMW team. It was only late in the day that a few cars went faster than Bill's time since drivers took advantage of the much cooler track temperature.
"We worked hard to be at the Homestead test" declared Sigalsport BMW team owner Gene Sigal. "We came here with the new BOSCH system in the Riley BMW car and because the Dinan BMW engineers and Sigalsport engineers had prepared the conversion with great attention, we had no problem during the two days of the test" stated Gene. "Now, we have a good package which definitely put us in the top ten contenders for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona" announced Sigal.
The Sigalsport BMW team ran over 172 laps for a total of 395 miles. The 05 Sigalsport BMW Riley Daytona Prototype machine co-driven by Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff was in the top six cars at almost all times. The team tried out new shocks and different setups with the new Hoosier tires in view of Daytona.
Matt Alhadeff continued to gain speed and consistency throughout the two-day test. He made good progress and he defiantly reduced the gap between himself and Bill just before Daytona, confirming that he is on his way to a good season.
The crew managed by new crew chief Gilbert Lage did a very good job. The new team engineer Rick Mayer also communicated well with Gilbert and worked in tandem with the team drivers.
The team is now back in California to prepare the next three-day test at the Daytona International Speedway on January 4-6, 2007. The 45th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona is set for green flag on Saturday, January 27th.
Team driver's line up and sponsors for the Sigalsport BMW team at the Rolex 24 will be announced before the end of the year.
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