BMW Team PTG finished sixth and seventh in Saturday's grueling two-hour 45-minute race at Texas Motor Speedway, after record temperatures, high track banking and debris took their toll on the team's tires. Brian Cunningham and Nic Jonsson started...
BMW Team PTG finished sixth and seventh in Saturday's grueling two-hour 45-minute race at Texas Motor Speedway, after record temperatures, high track banking and debris took their toll on the team's tires. Brian Cunningham and Nic Jonsson started eighth and raced in fourth place for much of the race in the #10 BMW M3. They finished sixth after tire punctures and the loss of second gear. Hans Stuck and Johannes van Overbeek started ninth in the #7 M3, moved to fifth at the start of the race, but were relegated to finish seventh, also slowed by tire punctures.
Nic Jonsson, driver, #10 BMW M3
"We had a pretty good race car. We had one of the fastests car in the infield, but coming onto the banking and the front stretch, we lost too much to the Porsches. But what killed us was the first cut tire because we had a prototype car slide into us and cut the tire on the third or fourth lap of the race."
Johannes van Overbeek, driver, #7 BMW M3
"It was a frustrating race today. I had two right-rear tire explosions exiting NASCAR turn two at 135 miles an hour. So it was kind of a hair-raising experience. But both Hans and I bear the heat and Hans did a great job. I'm happy that we even finished with the circumstances."
Tom Salkowsky, motorsport manager, BMW of North America, Inc.
"It just wasn't our weekend. We knew going in that this track wasn't ideal for BMW. But hats off to the team. The drivers endured 150-plus degrees in the car and the team worked all Friday night to get an engine repaired. The best thing we can do is put this in the rear-view mirror and get to Portland."
Tom Milner, team owner, BMW Team PTG
"Obviously, it was not our race. We had a total of four flat tires, so of course that puts you behind. One of the flat tires ruined our system for the cooling system for the differential so we had to slow down in order to save the differential. Portland is a different race track and it won't be quite as bad there for us because of the straighaways here for us. We'll take it one at a time and see what we can do."
Rookie Don Salama of Avon, Conn., won the Speedvision World Challenge race on Saturday. It was the first World Challenge win for BMW this season, breaking a six-race streak of victories for Acura. Salama led flag to flag to score the win in a BMW 328is. k