Homestead II: Grease Monkey Racing race report

Grease Monkey Racing Finishes Second in Class at Miami 250 at Homestead. Los Angeles, Ca., September 20, 2004---Harris Brix and Gene Sigal drove an incredible race at Homestead to earn Grease Monkey Racing's first ever podium in the SGS class of...

Grease Monkey Racing Finishes Second in Class at Miami 250 at Homestead.

Los Angeles, Ca., September 20, 2004---Harris Brix and Gene Sigal drove an incredible race at Homestead to earn Grease Monkey Racing's first ever podium in the SGS class of the Rolex Grand-Am Series. The #04 Sirius Satellite Radio, Deutsche Post, and Nextel Communications Grease Monkey Racing 2004 Porsche GT3 started the race in seventh in class even though they were one of the quickest in practice, because qualifying was canceled for this round and the grid was lined up by season points. With ambient temperatures in the 90s and track temperature well over 110, the two-hour-and-45 minute race was pegged as a real endurance test. Harrison Brix started the race and quickly started overtaking; he was fourth in class by the end of the first lap and took the lead on lap 11. Brix held the lead for close to an hour building a lead of over 10 seconds at one point, before a yellow flag bunched the field. After a restart Brix lost the lead in traffic, but held on to a close second for the remaining of his stint. He pitted under yellow and handed the car to Gene Sigal. Brix was completely exhausted after his hour-and-half stint; the temperature in the car was well above 160 degrees. Sigal started his stint in second place under yellow. He drove brilliantly in scorching heat, hanging on to second place throughout the remaining of the race and brought the car home behind the championship leading team. All in all it was a fantastic result for the rookie team in these difficult conditions.

"Eduardo and the rest of the crew did an awesome job all season," said an ecstatic Gene Sigal after the race. "For everything we've gone through these last couple races, this podium is well deserved. I'm really looking forward to caring the momentum to VIR," continued Sigal.

"I got a great start and just started passing people," said Harrison Brix after the race. "I wasn't really pushing, the car was just working so well that it was actually quite easy. I lost the lead after a yellow, because a couple of prototypes got together in front of me and the TPC car was able to go around me. Towards the end of the race, I started getting dehydrated and I was just hanging on. The yellow flag laps were actually the hardest laps, because you aren't going fast enough to get any ventilation in the car and you start feeling the heat. My last lap under yellow, before I came into the pits felt like it lasted an hour," continued Brix.

Team manager, Jean Marchioni, was equally happy after the race. "This is great result for the whole team, Harrison and Gene did an outstanding job to lead the race and bring the car home on the podium. We had to literally pull Harrison out of the car after his stint, which lost us some time. At the end of the day, the whole crew did a fantastic job and we are looking forward to VIR, where we will introduce a second car," continued Marchioni.

Grease Monkey Racing will stay in Homestead after the race to participate in tire testing for Hoosier before heading to VIR for round 10 of the Rolex Grand-Am Series. Grease Monkey Racing will be running a pair of 2004 Porsche GT3 Cup Cars in SGS at the VIR 400 in two weeks.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gene Sigal , Harrison Brix