VIR: Jeff Segal preview

Segal ready for VIR after scoring a fighting fifth in Mexico City Bold move at start sees KONI Champ lead first Rolex laps (Danville, VA) 25 April 08--Jeff Segal had a strong outing in his Mexico City Rolex Sports Car Series debut last weekend,...

Segal ready for VIR after scoring a fighting fifth in Mexico City
Bold move at start sees KONI Champ lead first Rolex laps

(Danville, VA) 25 April 08--Jeff Segal had a strong outing in his Mexico City Rolex Sports Car Series debut last weekend, qualifying third and then muscling his way to the lead in the opening laps before coming home fifth with co-driver Emil Assentato in the FXDD Speedsource RX-8. Segal ran two separate stints during the race, taking both the green and the checkered flags as he continued to show strong speed in his MESCO Building for the Future Rookie Rolex season.

"They left a gap, and I just filled it," said Segal about moving to the lead on the opening lap. "The car was as good as we could make it, so I think the Speedsource guys should be happy with their effort all weekend. After leading early, we were down to last place at one point, but then we were able to make up a lot of ground to finish fifth at the end. The car was good, but we just didn't have anything for the Pontiacs on the long run. We were saving fuel through the middle stages but by the time we were looking to go back to it at the end, the tires were shot so we just brought it home safely in fifth."

Unlike his Mexico City event, Segal's next Rolex Series race is on a track where he has plenty of experience, not to mention fond memories. The Bosch 250 at VIR follows hard on the heels of the Mexico City round this weekend at Virginia International Raceway. The track was the site of Segal's thrilling championship battle last year, which saw the Pennsylvania native secure his KONI Challenge GS Championship after six hours of racing into the night.

"I've got plenty of laps at VIR in KONI Challenge equipment, and I'm really excited to be racing a GT car there next weekend," said Segal. "Mexico City was a good race weekend for us, and hopefully we can keep some momentum going through these two back to back race weekends with another good run at VIR."

-credit: js

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Emil Assentato , Jeff Segal