"He was behind me, he roughed me up a little bit, we had a couple of really close calls, totally alongside me twice and we had to hang on to it," Segal said. "There was contact at many, many, many stages throughout my stint. Nobody was giving an inch today, the season is winding down, you have a lot of cars and teams that are hungry to get out of here with a win that haven't gotten one, so everybody is fighting really hard. We had contact on three of the four corners on our car. It is really a testament to how well built that car is as the Ferrari 458 is not only fast, it is tough, and the AIM Autosport crew did a great job of reinforcing those corners and making sure that we can take those knocks and keep going."
Clinching the title early at Laguna Seca was an added bonus for team partner Motorola that was racing with the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am team for the second time this year. Motorola first partnered with Segal and the No. 69 in July at the inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
"It's great to have Motorola onboard for such a big weekend for us," Segal said. "This is definitely a defining weekend for the team. All season we have been proving that just because it is the first year running Ferrari doesn't mean we have to go through a steep learning curve. We have got some really good people, some really good knowledge and really good support, and having Motorola as part of that support has been critical to the success that we have had this year. It is great to share this weekend with them."
Segal and his teammates took the GT class points lead in April with their first win of the season at the Grand Prix of Miami and have never lost it. They clinched the championship with a season-high 39-point advantage to take both the driver title for Segal and Assentato and team honors for AIM Autosport Team FXDD and the No. 69 Ferrari with 364 points.
In addition to Miami, Segal's other 2012 wins came at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Road America.
Next up for Jeff Segal and the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am team is the season-ending GRAND-AM Road Racing Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park, September 27 - 29. The weekend's featured GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race can be seen live on SPEED, Saturday, September 29, at 3 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. EDT.