Sigalsport BMW Daytona24 test wrap-up

SIGALSPORT BMW IN THE TOP 5 AT DAYTONA TEST DAYS! Los Angeles, January 9, 2007: The three-day Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve test days at Daytona International Speedway to prepare for the 2007 Rolex 24...

SIGALSPORT BMW IN THE TOP 5 AT DAYTONA TEST DAYS!

Los Angeles, January 9, 2007: The three-day Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve test days at Daytona International Speedway to prepare for the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona that will be raced in 17 days was a true success for the Sigalsport BMW team. Matt Alhadeff, Bill Auberlen and Gene Sigal co-drove a total of 219 laps (780 miles) in three days in the Sigalsport BMW Riley powered by a Dinan BMW engine. The three American drivers worked very well together and showed their true colors. Bill Auberlen's time was the fifth fastest amongst the 64 cars including 28 Daytona Prototypes entered in the test days. The team led two of the eight practice sessions proving its competitiveness and showing the progress made during the winter.

"I am very happy by the result of the test" announce Sigalsport BMW team owner and co-driver of the 05 Sigalsport BMW Gene Sigal. "The team has worked a lot to get to that level and I am very pleased by our performance. We are still a small team and definitely looking to improve more. The Rolex 24 is one of the most difficult endurance races in the world and our team will do its best to finish well there. Matt and Bill did a great job. This is the first time in the young Sigalsport BMW DP history that we topped a practice session" announced Sigal. "Dinan BMW really worked well during the winter. Steve Dinan of Dinan BMW and his engineers are always striving to improve the BMW V8 engine and we are proud to be working with them. Our engineer was also able to find the right set-up and Bill and he brought new technical suppliers onboard that helped the team reach that level" said Gene.

Karl Wendlinger, a former F1 driver and 2000 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner will join Matt Alhadeff, Bill Auberlen and Gene Sigal for the 2007 Rolex 24. Karl is the first ever Rolex Series race winner and one of the best endurance racers on the planet. He will surely be a tremendous asset in the Sigalsport BMW assault in the grueling event.

The crew, led by former Alain Prost and Renault F1 chief mechanic Gilbert Lage, is now in Indianapolis to prepare the next event, the 45th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 27 and 28.

Sigalsport BMW will unveil a new car livery and will announce its new title and associate sponsors on Tuesday, January 23 in Florida.

-credit: sigalsport bmw

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Karl Wendlinger , Bill Auberlen , Alain Prost , Gene Sigal