SIGALSPORT BMW TEAM PREPARES FOR 2006 Los Angeles, December 6: Following the final round of the 2005 Rolex Series season in Mexico City where the Sigalsport BMW Team finished second in GT with drivers Matt Alhadeff, Gene Sigal and Bill ...
SIGALSPORT BMW TEAM PREPARES FOR 2006
Los Angeles, December 6: Following the final round of the 2005 Rolex Series season in Mexico City where the Sigalsport BMW Team finished second in GT with drivers Matt Alhadeff, Gene Sigal and Bill Auberlen, the team started to work on their 2006 Rolex Series program which includes a test and development program so team drivers can learn more about their new BMW M3 machines and also so the crew can get acquainted with the new equipment.
The first test session took place last Monday at Willow Springs, California. This track is the closest track to the Sigalsport BMW Team workshop located in Los Angeles, California. The team will use three tracks for their pre-season test program including Streets of Willow, generally a motorcycle track, very demanding for the drivers, Buttonwillow Raceway and Willow Springs.
Bill Auberlen was the first to take the BMW to the track and after a good early session working closely with the Sigalsport BMW team engineer, Rod Everett, to find the best setup for the other team drivers, it was Matt's turn to drive the M3. Matt Alhadeff, who started racing in his first competition in May 2005, ran over 200 miles the first test day. He is making good progress, working with 2004 Rolex Series Champion and coach Bill Auberlen on his driving technique. It would be difficult to find a better coach for the 2005 Sigalsport BMW team Rookie than Auberlen who has won so many races in the BMW M3.
Sigalsport BMW team owner and driver Gene Sigal was also testing at Willow Springs and like Matt, Gene's goal is to get as much running time in the M3 as possible before the Rolex 24 at Daytona Rendez-vous.
The team was also testing a potential new team driver for 2006. Peter MacLeod, from Bellevue, Washington, participated in the one-day test and at the end of the day was able to do his first run in the Sigalsport M3. Peter comes to Sigalsport with extensive endurance and open wheel racing experience. Peter finished second in the 2003 GT class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and his goal this year is to drive for one of the best GT teams and focus on the Grand American Rolex Series in 2006 and to try to finish in the top five in the 2006 overall season GT classification.
The test program will continue next week at Willow Springs and Streets of Willow and at Buttonwillow in two weeks where additional drivers for the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be tested before the Rolex 24 at Daytona open test where the Sigalsport BMW team will participate with two BMW M3 cars. The team still has a few seats available for funded drivers for the Rolex 24 and the test at Daytona and the 2006 program. Sigalsport BMW Team Driver's lineup and sponsors for the entire Rolex Series presented by Crown Royal will be unveiled early January 2006.