Utah: Team Sigalsport preview

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR ALHADEFF, AUBERLEN AND HAND IN UTAH'S SEASON FINALE! Los Angeles, Ca. September 11, 2007 -- Matt Alhadeff, Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand will co-drive the 05 Luggage Express Team Sigalsport Dinan BMW Riley in Saturday's...

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE FOR ALHADEFF, AUBERLEN AND HAND IN UTAH'S SEASON FINALE!

Los Angeles, Ca. September 11, 2007 -- Matt Alhadeff, Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand will co-drive the 05 Luggage Express Team Sigalsport Dinan BMW Riley in Saturday's Sunchaser 1000 k at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. The Sunchaser 1000 k is a 7 0x00bd hour time limit race which is the second longest race of the season.

Hand and Auberlen had a successful test in Utah two weeks ago to prepare for the season finale and they look forward to racing at the front of the pack on Saturday. Sigalsport scored its first ever Rolex Series GT podium finish last year at Miller Motorsports Park and the team hopes for the same feat this time in the DP class.

The Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW has prepared this last season race as if it was the most important of the season. Dinan BMW has worked hard to prepare an engine for this final event, knowing that the rules were changed a week ago in favor of Luggage Express Team Sigalsport Dinan BMW, sole BMW engine user in DP, who lobbied for that change to make sure the BMW engine remains equally competitive with the Pontiacs, Lexus and Porsche engines.

"Following many weeks of requests, the Grand American officials finally allowed the Dinan BMW V8 engine to run at 7,000 RPM instead of 6,800 RPM for this last race. It should help us" announced Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW owner Gene Sigal.

"It has been an exciting season so far but our young team and drivers have had many ups and downs that are normal for a team that is racing in its first full season at that level" said Sigal. "My first priority was to run an entire season with our own team and try to finish in the top ten overall in the championship. Our team was extremely competitive at Daytona early in the season; we even won the third race of the championship, which was an incredible performance for our young team. This series is very competitive and when you mix the best endurance drivers in the world with some of the best North American racing teams on the same racetrack, you need to be better than anyone to finish on top. A top ten finish in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series DP class can be seen as a real performance, knowing the level of the competition" added Sigal.

The Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW is now ranked 13th in the 2007 Rolex series team point standings. Mathematically it is still possible for the Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW to finish in the top ten in the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Series team point standings but the Los Angeles based team would need the perfect race, including a victory, and would have to count on the 61, 11 and 76 cars to have a very bad day!

Matt Alhadeff is ranked third in the Jim Trueman Award standings and has strong chances to finish in the top three after this last race which will be a nice accomplishment in Matt Alhadeff's young but already epic racing career.

The Daytona Prototype Championship will be decided on Saturday, Sept. 15 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, in a 1000 k endurance race to the checkered flag. The race's start will air live on SPEED at 1 p.m. ET, with the action continuing at 5:30 p.m. ET to the checkered flag.

-credit: ts

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Gene Sigal