American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Charlotte, Lowe's Motor Speedway race two of 12, American Le Mans Series BMW Team PTG almost won the GT class in Saturday's race, but had to settle for second and fourth. Brian Cunningham started the ...
American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Charlotte, Lowe's Motor Speedway race two of 12, American Le Mans Series
BMW Team PTG almost won the GT class in Saturday's race, but had to settle for second and fourth. Brian Cunningham started the #10 BMW M3 fifth in class and moved up to third in the first hour. Peter Cunningham then took the wheel, moved to first after one hour, 40 minutes and held the lead until a late-race caution allowed the #51 Porsche to close the gap and pass for the lead in the last few minutes of the race. Hans Stuck started the new 2001 #6 BMW M3 last in class, after the team elected to change the car's starting tires. He moved up to fifth during the first hour. Johannes van Overbeek took over and moved up to third, then handed back to Stuck, who held third place until a late pitstop for new tires dropped him back to fourth.
Peter Cunningham, driver, #10 BMW M3
"It was an awesome race. We led for a good while, and if it hadn't been for the last yellow we might have had enough of a gap to maintain our position. But when they came around and got right behind me, then it was only a matter of time. I drove my fanny off trying to get a win for the E36 M3 body in it's final showing in the American Le Mans Series, but it was not to be."
Brian Cunningham, driver, #10 BMW M3
"Peter did all the work for this one. He had a great run the second half. It should have been a win, but I guess the race was about 4 minutes too long."
Hans Stuck, driver, #6 BMW M3
"We finished in fourth place, in contention, which was good. We had a couple of problems like a wheel nut didn't open on the pit stop, another guy hit me and there was an unnecessary pitstop changing tires. Altogether it shows we have the potential."
Johannes van Overbeek, driver, #6 BMW M3
"We did much better than qualifying looked. We had issues with some pit stops that prevented us from finishing third. In the end it was a great result after a tough start to the year. Hopefully we can build on this and be on the podium for the rest of the year."
Tom Salkowsky, motorsport manager, BMW of North America, Inc.
"From where we started Thursday and Friday, the team did a phenomenal job. It was kind of bittersweet to see the last of the #10 M3, but Brian and Peter and the whole PTG team did a helluva job. We made big strides in the #6 car from where we were two weeks ago at Sebring. Second and fourth is a pretty big accomplishment from where we were."