Through The Esses - Jeff Segal Used To Drive A Catfish
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© Andrew S. Hartwell

At Lime Rock Park recently, we met a young man by the name of Jeff Segal. We had a chance to spend some time with him and learn about his involvement with the Ferrari of Washington team that fields a Maserati Light GT (also known as the Trofeo) chassis in the GT class of the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sportscar Series. Segal first took to racing in shifter karts, then moved on to a BMW Club Racing series and then into - and quickly back out of - the Ferrari Challenge series.

And then he was back in the series again. That is, until he got to drive the catfish.

"I actually did a lot of practicing and testing in shifter karts before I went into the BMW series. As soon as I got my driving license I moved into the BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA) drivers series. About six months later I entered the Ferrari Challenge series.

"The BMWCCA series classifies race cars on their power to weight ratio. It is set up like most other club series are. We raced a BMW M3 lightweight. BMW made about 150 cars that they intended to be race cars. They looked like the street cars but they were white with checkered flag graphics. I was the youngest driver to come into the series- I had just turned 16 at the time - and so they made me go through hoops to get certified to compete. They wanted drivers 18 and over. They made me go to a couple of schools with people there checking me out to make sure that I was mature enough to handle it and drive well enough to compete in the series.

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