VIR: Sigalsport preview

SIGALSPORT TRAVELS TO VIRGINIA WITH HIGH HOPES! Los Angeles, October 4, 2005: At the last event, Gene Sigal and Matt Alhadeff scored a top-six finish, their best result ever this season. In addition to this very encouraging result, Matt and Gene...

SIGALSPORT TRAVELS TO VIRGINIA WITH HIGH HOPES!

Los Angeles, October 4, 2005: At the last event, Gene Sigal and Matt Alhadeff scored a top-six finish, their best result ever this season. In addition to this very encouraging result, Matt and Gene earned the "Improve Your Position" award for driving their Porsche to a strong sixth place finish. The award, sponsored by SunTrust Banks, is presented to the team in each class that most improves its position during the race. Alhadeff had qualified the No. 04 Porsche 13th in GT at the Glen after the team faced a variety of problems during practice.

On another positive note, Gene Sigal and Matt Alhadeff are now ranked amongst the top-20 best of 2005 Grand American GT drivers. Gene Sigal is ranked 15th out of 195 drivers and Matt is 20th; not bad for a "Rookie" preparing for the 10th international Rolex Series race of his young career. The Rolex Series is one of the most competitive endurance series on the planet and this ranking is proof that Sigalsport drivers are becoming some of the best in their field.

The upcoming race event at VIR is another opportunity for Sigalsport to do well. After the accident at Watkins Glen during practice, car No. 05 was removed from the event and car No. 04 was used to race at the Crown Royal 250. This is the same car but with the No. 05 that will be raced next weekend by Gene Sigal and Matt Alhadeff.

The team will start the VIR 400 week with a test day on Thursday, which will provide plenty of testing opportunity for Matt who is racing at VIR for the first time. In addition to driving their Sigalsport Porsche GT3 Cup Alhadeff Companies / Motul / The Speed Gallery / GlycoMax / Envista, the two Sigalsport drivers will also compete in the final Grand-Am Cup round of the season driving a Unitech Racing Porsche 996 in GS.

"We are very excited about this coming weekend at VIR." announced Gene Sigal. "We have made a lot of progress throughout the season and are now in position to score another good result. Our car is fast and reliable and I am looking for another top-ten," declared the Sigalsport team owner.

"We have two more races before the end of the season to show our true potential" said Sigalsport team manager Emmanuel Lupe. "We are still hoping to finish in the top-ten in the 2005 GT ranking. VIR and Mexico are two 400 kilometers races and anything can happen there. The team has done a lot of work to get to this point since mid-season and thanks to our engineer and crew the team is now more efficient and has really started to gel as planned. Our motivated team and drivers come to VIR prepared. We all know that the last two races are important for a team looking to hire new funded drivers for next season. We accept the challenge and hopefully we'll get lucky" finished Lupe.

The Virginia International Raceway 400 will be televised live next Sunday, October 9 at 1:00 PM ET on Speed Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gene Sigal