SIGALSPORT BMW TO TEST AT HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY Los Angeles, November 30, 2006: 30 days after their tests at Daytona International Speedway, the Sigalsport BMW team is getting ready to start another two-day test at Homestead Miami Speedway....
SIGALSPORT BMW TO TEST AT HOMESTEAD MIAMI SPEEDWAY
Los Angeles, November 30, 2006: 30 days after their tests at Daytona International Speedway, the Sigalsport BMW team is getting ready to start another two-day test at Homestead Miami Speedway. The 2007 Sigalsport BMW team drivers, two-time Rolex Series champion Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff, will be on hand next week co-driving their No. 05 BMW Dinan Riley Daytona Prototype machine on the South Florida racetrack to prepare for the new season and the upcoming 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona scheduled for January 26 and 27.
The two-day test session on the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway road course scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, December 5-6, will be used to familiarize the Sigalsport BMW team with the new BOSCH Engine Control Unit (ECU) that will be required on all Rolex Series cars in 2007.
This test will also be another golden opportunity for Matt Alhadeff to gain additional driving experience behind the wheel of his BMW Dinan Riley DP car especially since the 05 DP car will no longer be equipped with traction control due to the recent Grand-Am rule change which is going to be a true challenge for the drivers.
Since the Daytona test last November, the team has welcomed new team members including a new engineer and a crew chief. Rick Mayer, the new engineer comes from the Grand American Brumos Porsche racing team. Rick is experienced with the Riley DP chassis and has many years experience in Grand American and ALMS endurance racing as well as open wheel Indy Car Racing. In addition to engineering for Sigalsport, Rick is also the race engineer for the Risi Competizione Ferrari team who just won the 2006 ALMS GT2 championship.
The new Sigalsport BMW team crew chief has an outstanding 30 plus years racing career. Endurance racing is not new for Gilbert Lage who won the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans with Renault when he was working for the French squad. After spending 12 years in F1, and winning the 1983 F1 world championship with Alain Prost as a chief mechanic with Renault F1, Gilbert came to the United States in 1986 to work on Indy cars with American racing icon, Dick Simon, and was able to be the crew chief and engineer of many drivers at the Indianapolis 500 as well as in Champ Car and the Indy Racing League.
The addition of these two key team members is another sign that Sigalsport BMW is on its way to becoming a challenger for the next seasons in the Rolex Series.
The decision to enter a second car for the Rolex 24 at Daytona has not yet been made by team owner Gene Sigal, but the team is still looking to hire some funded drivers with Rolex 24 experience to race in the 04 and 05 Daytona Sigalsport BMW DPs.
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