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AIM Autosport Racing with Ferrari Press Release / 69 & 61 / Laguna Seca 2013
Posted by: newsla on Sep 09, 2013 - 03:21 PM
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AIM Autosport Racing with Ferrari Press Release / 69 & 61 / Laguna Seca 2013


A competitive run in Sunday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival ended early for the No. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari 458 Italia when starting driver Alex Tagliani was forced to the pits for an extended stop early in the race’s second hour for a right-front suspension repair.

 

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Tagliani had battled for the lead from the drop of the green flag, ran as high as third in the race’s opening hour, and was in fourth when the problem emerged.

“It has been the most unfortunate season for the R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport group,” said Tagliani, who was making his second race start with R.Ferri/AIM. “We had a really competitive car again, I had a blast fighting with Andy Lally and Patrick Long out there, and driving a fast car is always good. We had a really quick car and it was our race to fight and try to take it, but mechanical failures are part of racing.”

Segal rejoined the race after the pitside repairs on the No. 61 put the team 19 laps behind the GT leaders. The two-time and reigning GT Champion never had a chance to drive the No. 61 while it was in contention.

“It’s definitely an odd circumstance and it is one that I don’t enjoy, I don’t think anybody does, to just go out there and drive around with no hope of achieving really anything,” Segal said. “We did learn a little bit, we treated it as a bit of a test session, made some small changes to the car just to see if there was anything we could have done better. The reality was that we had a really good car and it would have been hard to improve it much. That is a positive to take away from the weekend.”

Segal was able to run at the same pace as the leaders during his race-closing stint and crossed the line as the 13th and final running car in the GT class.

“The whole time I found myself behind the leaders and running their pace,” Segal said. “Had we been for position, there is no reason we couldn’t have been on the podium or fighting for a win. It is just disappointing.”

Next up for R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is the season-ending race at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, September 27 – 28. The featured GRAND-AM Rolex Series finale can be seen live on FOX Sports 2, Saturday, September 28, at 1:30 p.m. EDT/10:30 a.m. PDT with a repeat telecast on FOX Sports 1 scheduled the next day, Sunday, September 29, at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PDT.

“You just have to turn the page very quickly and go to the next race when these things happen,” Tagliani said. “This whole team should be very proud that they are fast, they have good cars, and they are capable of building good cars. You move on, you forget about it, you don’t dwell on it too long and focus on the next race."

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