Sigalsport names DP drivers for 2007

AUBERLEN, ALHADEFF AND SIGALSPORT BMW TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE 2007 ROLEX SERIES DP SEASON Los Angeles, October 30, 2006: Gene Sigal, owner of Sigalsport BMW team announces today that his Sigalsport BMW team will participate in...


Los Angeles, October 30, 2006: Gene Sigal, owner of Sigalsport BMW team announces today that his Sigalsport BMW team will participate in the Grand-American 2007 Rolex Series with one BMW Riley Daytona Prototype with drivers Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff.

Sigalsport, a division of Grease Monkey Racing Inc. was created in 2004 to compete in North American endurance racing competition. 2007 will mark the fourth racing season of competition in the Rolex Sportscar Series for the team that is definitely one of the fastest growing racing teams in North American endurance racing.

Sigalsport has competed in 47 Rolex Series races and has already scored wins, pole positions and podium finishes. In 2006 Sigalsport BMW scored 10 top ten finishes out of 14 races including four top-five and a third place finish in the GT class at the 9-hour Discount Tire Sunchaser at Miller Motorsports Park.

This coming season is the third racing season of Matt Alhadeff's young racing career with Sigalsport and the second in a row for Bill Auberlen and the Los Angeles, California based team.

Recently Sigalsport BMW team owner Gene Sigal acquired a building to establish the new Sigalsport BMW racing facility in Hawthorne, California. The 28,000 Sq. ft. facility in Los Angeles, California, will open its doors to the team by the beginning of 2007 just on time for the season opener at Daytona. The Sigalsport shop is located only a few miles from LAX airport and at the site of the Hawthorne municipal airport. The Sigalsport shop is aimed to be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and within the year 2007 will feature chassis and engine dynamometers, paint booth and carbon fiber repair facility.

"I am very pleased to announce our team for the 2007 season", said team owner Gene Sigal. "2007 will be our first full Daytona Prototype season. We decided to continue with the same package we started our program with at Barber in 2006. Sigalsport BMW will use its Riley chassis and the DP car will be powered by the BMW V8 tuned by Dinan Engineering. We decided to continue our relationship with Dinan because we believe in their ability to provide a reliable and competitive engine package that should help us run in the front of the pack", added Sigal.

"We have three main goals this season; finish all the races, finish in the top ten in the 2007 overall Rolex Series season and find one or more corporate sponsors to take the team to the next level in 2008" added a very enthusiastic Gene Sigal.

"The team's season drivers will be Matt Alhadeff who is competing for the third season in a row with us and two-time Rolex Series champion, Bill Auberlen", announced Gene Sigal. "Matt made great progress with Sigalsport since his first GT race in 2004 and the test program he recently started will strengthen his abilities to do well and be a contender when the Rolex 24 at Daytona race comes in three months. Racing with Matt will be Bill Auberlen who brings his experience and fantastic winning background to the team. I am convinced that the combination of Bill Auberlen and Matt Alhadeff will bring success to our program", continued Gene.

Bill Auberlen who already won two Rolex Series championships in 2002 and 2004 with 18 Rolex Sportscar Series career wins, will race with Sigalsport BMW in 2007 but his program will also include participation in others racing series with other racing teams.

Sigalsport BMW team has already added new crewmembers and is still actively recruiting engineers and experienced mechanics to make sure to have the perfect team in early January when the season really starts.

On the team marketing side, Sigalsport BMW recently decided to retain Acceleration Marketing, a new Indianapolis-based motorsports marketing firm, which brought new sponsor, EFFEN Vodka, to this year's Indianapolis 500. Agency co-owner and Principal, Ted Woerner, says, "I have been impressed by the rapid expansion of Sigalsport within the Rolex Sports Car Series and the speed with which they've already begun to make their mark in the Daytona Prototype class. I have known Emmanuel Lupe for several years and believe that he and Gene Sigal are both capable and committed to fielding a professional, front running program. I am excited to represent Sigalsport to prospective partners since it presents a solid value to companies willing to consider motorsports as a way of expanding their business and branding horizons" declared Woerner.

"Our good 2006 rankings also helped us to be included in the 2007 Hoosier PaceSetter program" announce Sigalsport BMW Team Manager and Marketing Director, Emmanuel Lupe. The Hoosier PaceSetter Program is designed to reward teams for their professionalism and commitment to the Rolex Series and to recognize and reward those top teams with a perfect participation record.

"In addition to our primary DP effort with Bill and Matt, we are also working on securing a second car for the upcoming Rolex 24 at Daytona. If we are successful, meaning that we can find additional experienced crew and funded drivers with prior DP experience, it looks like we may enter a second BMW Riley. If we do, Gene Sigal, Sigalsport BMW team owner, will be one of the co-drivers of the BMW Riley DP car", confirmed Lupe.

-credit: sigalsport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Gene Sigal