STEPHAN GREGOIRE JOINS RUM BUM RACING FOR SEASON FINALE Hawthorne, CA. September 14, 2008 - Stephan Gregoire, a five time veteran of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, will return to Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype competition with...
STEPHAN GREGOIRE JOINS RUM BUM RACING FOR SEASON FINALE
Hawthorne, CA. September 14, 2008 - Stephan Gregoire, a five time veteran of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, will return to Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype competition with Rum Bum Racing at the SunRichGourmet.com 1000. Gregoire will co-drive the No 7 RumBum.com / Big Vision Miami / Caramba Tequila Dinan BMW Riley with Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 20.
Gregoire was one of five drivers that co-drove the No 7 Sigalsport Dinan BMW Riley at the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona. The SunRichGourmet.com 1000and will be Stephan Gregoire's third endurance prototype race of the season. Last June, Gregoire competed in the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans where he co- drove a Pescarolo Judd LMP1 prototype and finished 10th in class and 11th overall. Stephan was one of only a few drivers that competed and finished the two most famous endurance races in the world this year.
Stephan's North American racing career started in 1993 when he came from France to the United States for the first time to race the Indianapolis 500. At only 23, he became the fastest rookie qualifier and youngest starting driver of the 1993 Indy 500. In addition to out-qualifying F1 world champions like Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell, Gregoire led the race in his first ever Indy participation. Gregoire ran seven times in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indy 500 and also competed in 46 Indy Racing League races between 1996 and 2007, leading 89 laps in six different races, scoring seven top five finishes, 17 top tens including a best finish of second to Tony Stewart at Pikes Peak in 1997.
Gregoire, who now resides in Indianapolis, has extensive North American endurance racing experience. He started racing sports cars in 2003 in the ALMS with JMB Racing, co-driving a Ferrari 360 GT with F1 veteran driver, Eliseo Salazar. That year Gregoire raced in his first Rolex 24 at Daytona. Between 2004 and 2008 Gregoire competed in 21 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series DP class races including five Rolex 24.
"I am glad to race with Rum Bum Racing for the 2008 season finale" declared Stephan Gregoire. The Rolex 24 with the team was a great experience and I am happy to work again with Gene, Matt and the whole team. The team was competitive all season and I really look forward to next weekend. I like the Miller race track and I am confident we can bring Rum Bum Racing a competitive result" added Stephan Gregoire.
"We are happy to add Gregoire to our last race drivers' line-up" stated Gene Sigal, team owner and co-driver of Rum Bum Racing. "Stephan has plenty of experience and he can definitely help us achieve our ultimate goal in Utah; get a top five result to finish in the top ten of the 2008 Rolex Series team point standings" added Sigal.
The SunRichGourmet.com 1000 at Miller Motorsports Park is a 1000 KM (7 hour) race. The race starts Saturday, September 20 at 11:00 AM local time and will be broadcast, at 1:00 PM ET, live on Speed TV.