Watkins Glen: Grease Monkey race report

Grease Monkey Racing Finish Sixth in Class at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Sunday Los Angeles, Ca., June 21, 2004--In their second Grand-Am race, Grease Monkey Racing, survived all the chaos to finish sixth in the SGS class at the Sahlen's...

Grease Monkey Racing Finish Sixth in Class at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Sunday

Los Angeles, Ca., June 21, 2004--In their second Grand-Am race, Grease Monkey Racing, survived all the chaos to finish sixth in the SGS class at the Sahlen's Six Hour of the Glen Sunday. The team made up of; Gene Sigal, Adolfo Castillo and Andrew Alfonso finished twenty-third overall in their Porsche GT3 Cup car #04. In what seemed like a demolition derby at the beginning of the race, with yellow after yellow flag slowing the rhythm of the race, it is amazing that the Grease Monkey Racing Porsche came home without a scratch.

"The first hour was pretty crazy. I think I did 5-green flag laps during my first stint," explained, Sigal. "Then we put Pato (Castillo) in the car for an hour, then Andrew went in for an hour and a half, then Pato again and I brought the car home. Overall, the race went very well, I don't think we put a wheel wrong the whole race. We had to come in once to retighten some lug nuts towards the end, but that was it. I'm very proud of Hasso Tengelmann and the boys," continued Sigal.

The 6-hours of the Glen marked Adolfo Castillo's and Andrew Alfonso's debut in Grand-Am competition. Both had a day in the car at Willow Springs before the weekend, but lacked practice before the start of the race. Adolfo Castillo, otherwise know as El Pato, had a lot of Guatemalteco fans at the Glen. He became the first driver from Guatemala to compete in the Grand-American Sports Car Series.

"I got 10 minutes in the car during the second practice on Friday, and that was it," said Castillo. "They basically threw me in the deep end on race day. Luckily, it was under yellow when I got in the car, and had a few laps to familiarize myself with the track before the green flag dropped. It was pretty hairy the first few laps, but after that I got on with the job at hand. I'm very proud to represent Guatemala in Grand-Am and look forward to doing more races with Grease Monkey Racing, this is a fantastic opportunity," continued Castillo.

Alfonso, who celebrated his twenty-second birthday during the weekend, also enjoyed his first race in Grand-Am. But, unlike Castillo, this was also his first sports car race. Alfonso has many national titles under his belt in go-karts and a half season of formula car racing. After going off the track in Saturday's practice session on his second lap, Alfonso was also thrown in the deep end during the race.

"Missing Saturday's practice session really put me behind the eight-ball. I made a mistake in the rain and really thought the weekend was over," said Alfonso. "Hasso, Jean, Eduardo, Mike, Pedro & Billy did an awesome job fixing the car in no time. When I got in the car for my stint it took me a few laps to get up to speed, but afterwards my times were very consistent and right with Sigal's. I don't think I've ever had so many things happen to me in one lap, then on my first green flag lap. Overall, I'm very pleases with our result and look forward to Daytona," said an enthusiastic Alfonso.

Team manager, Jean Marchioni, was also please with Grease Monkey's sixth place, and is optimistic about the next race at Daytona on July first.

"Considering we missed both Friday's and Saturday's practice sessions, I think we did quite well, said Marchioni. "We were a few seconds off the quick guys during the race, but I'm sure without missing those vital sessions, we could have worked with the car a little bit more and possibly left the Glen with a podium. But still, sixth place is very good for this young team with two rookies who had less then 10-minutes in the car before the race. We must start concentrating on the race in ten days time, and carry the momentum to Daytona," continued Marchioni.

Grease Monkey Racing would like to thank RPM Aceleracion, Tre Fratelli, La Red Deportiva, Car Graphic, MB Quart, Sparco, Motul, JM Racing, Autodromo Los Volcanes, and Avantikart.com for their support.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gene Sigal , Adolfo Castillo , Andrew Alfonso