Daytona, Fla. (January 27, 2012) – AIM Autosport Team FXDD driver, Jeff Segal has claimed a front-row start in the GT Class of this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Segal’s last-lap run in the team’s FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia GT Grand-Am, clocked at 1m 49.357s / 117.194 mph / 188.605 km/h, secured second place for Saturday afternoon’s start and set up a fitting Ferrari-Porsche front row for the fiftieth anniversary edition of the famous race.
With yesterday afternoon’s qualifying session approaching its end, Segal started his final run and wrung a fantastic lap from team’s Ferrari 458 Italia. His time, which he later admitted could have been even better, was a mere 0.015s from pole position and the Woodbrige, Ont.-based team was elated with such performance from a new programme with a new car.
Just a few hours earlier, the team had battled development issues, finding it challenging to fine tune a qualifying setup for its new Ferrari. The team pressed on, working to find a solution and ultimately began to unleash the car’s qualifying pace.
“The car was really good to drive and I am thrilled to have our Ferrari on the front row for the race,” said Segal. “The team worked really hard and this is a great result for such a new car to us.”
“We lost a lot of time with teething issues on the car in the morning, so it is very satisfying to be so close to pole position,” said Race Engineer, Ian Willis. “I feel that we are well placed for the race.”
The Fiftieth Anniversary edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening event in the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, is scheduled to start tomorrow afternoon at 3:30pm ET. Segal, along with co-drivers Emil Assentato, Anthony Lazzaro and Nick Longhi will take shifts driving around the clock to Sunday’s 3:30pm conclusion.
SPEED will broadcast coverage in two segments: 2:30–11:00pm ET on Jan. 28 and 9:00am–5:00pm on Jan. 29. MRN will provide updates throughout the event via radio and web streaming. The AIM Autosport Team FXDD Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AIMautosport will be updated hourly during the race to keep followers updated on the team’s progress.
photo: The AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia GT Grand-Am sits on pit lane prior to yesterday’s qualifying session. (AIM Autosport photo)
FXDD (www.fxdd.com), a Foreign Exchange Dealer registered with the CFTC and a member of the National Futures Association, is headquartered in New York Cityʼs No. 7 World Trade Center. The company is a leader in online Forex trading dedicated to providing superior customer service, powerful trading technology, and reliable streaming liquidity. Providing services to individual and institutional traders, hedge funds, commercial entities, brokerage firms and money managers around the world, FXDD offers 24-hour Forex trading by way of its trading platforms, which include: MetaTrader, FXDDTrader, PowerTrader and FXDDAuto. Providing 50:1 leverage in the U.S., as well as competitive bid-to-ask spreads, FXDD’s services currently provide competitive interbank pricing, no-interest accounts and fully-automated execution.
AIM Autosport is a professional motorsports team active in highly-competitive sports car and open-wheel racing series in North America. AIM has achieved success in every category it has entered through its operating efficiency, engineering skill, experience, dedication and stability of workforce. The team’s top-tier program is a Ferrari 458 Italia GT Grand-Am driven by Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato. In 2012 this car is entered in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series including the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Since its launch in 1995, AIM has built a winning heritage by fielding competitive cars for talented young drivers in junior development categories. That continues with multi-car teams in the Road to Indy® professional driver development ladder where AIM is a perennial pacesetter in the Star Mazda series. For more information, visit aimautosport.com or facebook.com/AIMautosport.