Sigalsport BMW Daytona test summary

Encouraging Daytona Test for Sigalsport BMW Los Angeles, November 9, 2006: The Sigalsport BMW team concluded an encouraging two-day test at Daytona International Speedway. Matt Alhadeff, Bill Auberlen, Gene Sigal and Antoine Leclerc turned a...

Encouraging Daytona Test for Sigalsport BMW

Los Angeles, November 9, 2006: The Sigalsport BMW team concluded an encouraging two-day test at Daytona International Speedway. Matt Alhadeff, Bill Auberlen, Gene Sigal and Antoine Leclerc turned a total of 148 laps for 527 miles around the 3.56 mile road course where the first round of the 2007 Rolex Series will be held next January.

Bill Auberlen's fastest time was 1' 44' 691, only 9 tenths slower than the fastest time (1' 43" 728) turned in by the SunTrust racing team whose driver's line up will include NASCAR star Jeff Gordon at the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona. After two days of testing. Sigalsport ended tenth fastest amongst the 21 Daytona Prototypes entered in the official Grand American test session, a very promising result since it was only the second time that the new crew was working together.

The goal of this two-day test was for Matt to get more mileage behind the wheel of his BMW DP at Daytona. The Rolex 24 at Daytona is the first event of the 2007 season and it is important for the team and its drivers to do well there. Buddy Fey, the team engineer had a detailed test plan and until the rain came to disturb the program on Tuesday afternoon, Buddy was able to accomplish most of the tasks on his list.

Matt Alhadeff covered 78 laps and made good progress throughout the test. He was able to turn in laps one second faster than when he raced there last June with the Sigalsport BMW 30 car.

When the rain stopped the initial test program, Sigalsport BMW team owner Gene Sigal was able to turn a series of laps in his DP car for the first time in preparation for his first DP race next January at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Sigalsport BMW team is in the process of hiring experienced drivers with budgets to co-drive the second DP effort with Gene Sigal.

One of the drivers interested to join the Sigalsport BMW team for the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona is Frenchman Antoine Leclerc from Epinal, France. This trip was Antoine's first trip to the United States of America. He was scheduled to test on Tuesday afternoon but unfortunately, due to the rain, the team had to put him in the car earlier to make sure he did not come from France for nothing! Antoine did only 5 laps but thanks to the team's efforts, he was able to meet Grand American officials and spend two days with Sigalsport BMW to understand what American endurance racing is all about.

The next rendez-vous for Sigalsport BMW to prepare for the 2007 season is the Homestead test at Homestead Miami Speedway on December 5 and 6.

-credit: sigalsport bmw

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Bill Auberlen , Gene Sigal , Antoine Leclerc