SCC: Utah: Jeff Segal preview

Two jobs for Segal at Miller Looks to extend points lead in KONI while impressing in Rolex GT (Tooele, UT)11 September 07--Fresh From Florida racer Jeff Segal will be busy this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park outside of Salt Lake City in...

Two jobs for Segal at Miller
Looks to extend points lead in KONI while impressing in Rolex GT

(Tooele, UT)11 September 07--Fresh From Florida racer Jeff Segal will be busy this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park outside of Salt Lake City in Utah, racing in the Grand-Am KONI Challenge event on Friday before stepping up to the Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class for the season finale on Saturday. The races will take place on the same track, but the recent University of Miami grad will have different jobs in each race.

Friday's KONI event, which will see Segal team with co-driver Jep Thorton in the Fresh From Florida BMW M3, sets the championship stage as the Series enters the penultimate round. And with a twenty-seven-point lead in the GS Championship standings, one could hardly be blamed for thinking that Segal and Thorton might look to take it easy this weekend. But the two know that they are far from out of the woods in the championship battle.

"Well, we aren't going to do ourselves any favors if we get too cautious because who knows what will happen at (the season-ending six hour finale) VIR," said Segal. "So we have to get as many points out of this Miller weekend as we can. At the same time, we'd be foolish to go out there and jeopardize our lead by taking too many chances. I think we've done a good job so far this season finding that balance between aggression and control, and hopefully we can just do that again at Miller."

"Of course, you have to have a car that can go the distance, and (car chief) John Terry and (crew chief) Joe Varde have done an awesome job all season so our confidence is high heading into the weekend."

After Friday's two and a half hour race, Segal will try to get a good night's sleep in preparation for Saturday's 1000 kilometer Rolex race.

The Rolex GT Class start marks the third Rolex start of the season for Segal, who co-drove with Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi to seventh in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. He backed that up with another top ten Rolex result by taking eighth in the Six Hours of the Glen event in June after he put in a remarkable qualifying performance, nabbing fifth on the grid despite only having one lap to set a time.

Piloting the No. 69 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8, Segal will look to put in another impressive performance on the 4.5-mile circuit as he keeps a keen eye on future opportunities in the class. His also knows that the balanced aggression he'll need in the KONI race will also come in handy in the Rolex event as he tries to help co-driver Assentato seal a victory in the Bob Akin Award championship.

"I'm really looking forward to running with the Rolex guys again this weekend," said Segal. "I know it sounds kind of strange, but since I'm not in this championship fight, I feel like I can attack a little more in the Rolex race than maybe we will be doing in KONI. The Mazda RX-8 is a lot of fun to drive and with the feedback I got from everyone after the Glen weekend, I know that expectations are high, and I'm looking forward to meeting and beating them!"

-credit: Sunday Group Management/Segal

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Emil Assentato , Nick Longhi , Jeff Segal , Joe Varde , Bob Akin
Teams SpeedSource