BMW Team PTG Notes 1999-09-15

Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta Race Six, American Le Mans Series Driver Championship BMW Team PTG driver Johannes van Overbeek is leading the American Le Mans Series GT driver championship. "This is a pleasant surprise. The hard part will be ...

Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta Race Six, American Le Mans Series

Driver Championship

BMW Team PTG driver Johannes van Overbeek is leading the American Le Mans Series GT driver championship. "This is a pleasant surprise. The hard part will be maintaining the points lead through the last three races," he said. "I approached this year as a learning year. I wanted to learn from my more seasoned and experienced teammates. To be leading past the halfway point of the season is excellent!"

Twin Team

Twins Brian and Mark Simo are both driving for BMW Team PTG for the first time since last year's Sports Car Grand Prix at Road Atlanta. Brian co-drove the winning GT2 (now GTS) car and Mark the winning GT3 (now GT).

"I was having a bit of a struggle getting the feel of things, but we'll just work on it really hard and get up to speed," Brian said. "It's just getting acclimated to both the car and the track. The car works really well, but I don't think I'm really maximizing it yet. Mark seems to do very well in these cars and he seems pretty quick, so maybe I can learn some things from him," Brian said.

BMW Team PTG drivers Brian Cunningham, Boris Said, Brian Simo and Mark Simo scored their first victory of the week, defeating Reiser-Callas Porsche drivers in a Slick Trax challenge at SpeedZone on Sept. 14. BMW won the manufacturer championship with 28 points to Porsche's 17. Said won the pro driver title with his time of 16.732 seconds, and local BMW car club member Melvin Hodges won the VIP race in 16.614 seconds. BMW club members traveled from as far as Knoxville, Tenn. to compete.

"It's good to be king," Said mused.

BMW Team PTG driver Hans Stuck and Sylvia Berg were married Aug. 28 in Austria, in the area where the Sound of Music was filmed. They exchanged matching wedding bands bearing the Stuck family crest. Stuck's parents also wore crested bands and enjoyed 30 years of marriage together.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Boris Said , Brian Simo , Johannes van Overbeek , Brian Cunningham