Wednesday
Apr252007

TEAM NEWS: ALHADEFF, AUBERLEN AND SIGALSPORT READY TO RUN AT THE FRONT AGAIN IN VIRGINIA!

Photo by John Thawley Los Angeles, California - Following their first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series overall win in the Grand Prix of Miami, the Luggage Express team Sigalsport BMW had only a week to celebrate. A few days after the race, the team went testing at Buttonwillow Raceway to prepare for the Virginia and Laguna Seca races and make sure their car package remains highly competitive.

Matt Alhadeff did some rewarding work with private coach Ross Bentley and was able to gain precious tenths over the two-day test which will definitely help him to qualify better at VIR and other races. The team did some good work and Bill, Matt and Joey Hand worked with engineer Rick Mayer to find the most competitive setup for Virginia.

For Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW team owner Gene Sigal and his crew, the success of his team in the third round of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series is not a surprise and did not come by accident. "The recipe for Sigalsport's success at Homestead is nothing else but good crew and drivers' hiring, hard work and 100% motivation from every driver, technician, sponsor and supplier involved in our team effort" declared Gene Sigal.

The last winter was spent working on testing new components and developing the Dinan BMW V8 engine tuned by Dinan in Northern California. Following 5,000 miles of testing and more than 20,000 miles over the road with their race transporter, driving eight times from California to Florida in less than 70 days, Sigalsport BMW came to the 2007 Rolex 24 with high hopes. Bill Auberlen showed right away the speed of the car during practice and in the race, Auberlen, Alhadeff, Sigal and Wendlinger were extremely competitive and the 05 car was amongst the top 5 contenders to win the grueling event. Unfortunately a crash stopped all hopes of a good finish. In Mexico, the car ran well and once again, while running in the top three, Auberlen was pushed from behind and forced to pit to repair damages ruining all podium finish hopes.

"At Homestead the team was well prepared and showed once again its competitiveness in practice" said Gene. "Finally all efforts paid off in the race. Thanks to a good first stint by Matt and a fantastic piece of driving by Bill and a very reliable car, the Luggage Express Team Sigalsport BMW was able to win its first ever Daytona Prototype win, a fantastic performance from all the crew and drivers, knowing that this young team was only racing in their third ever race together!" Gene added.

Now that the team has tasted the taste of victory, crew and drivers have never been so motivated to win more Rolex Series battles in the upcoming races. The Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series is one of the most competitive racing series in the world and Sigalsport knows that because they won once doesn't mean that it will be easy to win again.

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