BMW Team PTG race notes, April 18 Grand Prix of Road Atlanta presented by Lease Plan race two of eight, 1999 American Le Mans Series
BMW Team PTG cars finished first, third and fourth in the GT class at the Grand Prix of Road Atlanta Sunday. Brian Cunningham of Danville, Ky. and Johannes van Overbeek of Danville, Calif. drove the #7 BMW M3 to a 9.7-second victory. Mark Simo of Carlsbad, Calif. and Peter Cunningham of West Bend, Wis. were third in the #6 car and Hans Stuck of Austria and Boris Said of Carlsbad, Calif. were fourth in the #10 M3.
All three cars led the class during the two-hour 45-minute race, but followed different strategies. The winning #7 car pitted during an early caution period, just 20 minutes after the race start. The other two cars waited until their designated fuel window after the first hour, and had to pit under green-flag conditions.
Yohannes van Overbeek, #7 Yokohama/Flextronics/Level One BMW M3 four-door
"This is the whole dream come true. The Yokohama/Flextronics/Level One BMW M3 was perfect all day. Brian [Cunningham] left me a perfect car, and that's how we won the race. We made an early stop and that turned out to be the right call. The yellow was timed just perfect, right in our window."
Brian Cunningham, #7 Yokohama/Flextronics Int'l/Level One BMW M3 four-door
"It really came down to strategy. [Team owner] Tom Milner made a good call on pit stops. It's really good for two new drivers and BMW to win. It says a lot about the team."
Mark Simo, #6 Yokohama/Flextronics International/Level One BMW M3 coupe
"The most important thing is that the team won. We had a broad strategy that covered all the bases. It would have been better if the beneficiary had been us, but overall we had a good run and the team won."
Peter Cunningham, #6 Yokohama/Flextronics Int'l/Level One BMW M3 coupe
"We had a fuel-feed problem, so we had to make an extra stop. But we're on the podium and that's what counts."
Hans Stuck, #10 Yokohama/Flextronics International/Level One BMW M3 four-door
"The main thing is that BMW won. At the end of the season, the most important thing is the manufacturer championship, and then the driver championship. The advantage when you have three cars is that they are all the same, but you can have little differences [in setup and strategy]. And the driver pairings on this team are very good. It doesn't happen very often that you have three pairs of speedy drivers, and that's good."
Tom Milner, team owner, BMW Team PTG
"I hope this puts us back on the winning track, with the pendulum swinging back in our favor. One-three-four is not bad. In the overall picture, it's a good start."