Watkins Glen: Jeff Segal race report

Victory For Segal in Sahlen's Six at Watkins Glen; Converts first Rolex Series pole position into first Rolex victory (Watkins Glen, NY) 7 June 2008--Jeff Segal further boosted his position as a star of the future as the 2007 Grand-Am KONI ...

Victory For Segal in Sahlen's Six at Watkins Glen; Converts first Rolex Series pole position into first Rolex victory

(Watkins Glen, NY) 7 June 2008--Jeff Segal further boosted his position as a star of the future as the 2007 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Champion had a big weekend at Watkins Glen for the traditional Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Saturday.

Segal, who recently broke through as a first-time winner in KONI Challenge competition, extended his hot streak to the upstate New York facility as he took his first career Rolex Series pole position on Friday before converting that effort into a maiden Rolex Series victory in the No. 69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 on Saturday with Speed Source Engineering co-drivers Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi.

Battling a 26-car GT class field and record-setting high temperatures, with a momentary rain storm early in the race to boot, Segal shrugged off all the challenges as he led a race-high 61 laps on his way to the victory.

"It's been a great few weeks for me," said Segal. "The FXDD car was awesome. The motor in that Mazda just keeps going. We knew that this kind of track was going to suit the RX-8, so to score a win in the Six Hours feels fantastic. It wasn't easy out there-we had problems with our power steering and the cool suit didn't work so the heat was really a factor all day long. But the Speed Source guys did a fantastic job preparing the RX-8 and I'm really happy to share this win with Emil and Nic."

The race win will fuel Segal's continued move up in the MESCO Building For The Future Rookie of the Year standings as well as creating improvement in the No 69 machine's position in the Rolex Sports Car Series Team Championship. Segal will look to keep his hot hand in play next weekend as the KONI Challenge Series heads north to Mosport International Raceway for round three of the 2008 season on Saturday, June 14.

-credit: jsr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Emil Assentato , Nick Longhi , Jeff Segal