Brian Simo of Carlsbad, Calif., will join BMW Team PTG for the American Le Mans Series globemegawheels.com Grand Prix at Mosport Aug. 6. Driver pairings for the team's three BMW M3s will be determined next week.
born: Oct. 1, 1959 in Beloit, Wis.
residence: Carlsbad, Calif.
family: wife Celeste, daughter Savannah
1999 GT third at Petit Le Mans
1998 GT2 wins at Minneapolis and Road Atlanta; third at Petit Le Mans
Brian Simo started SCCA showroom-stock racing in 1990. He competed twice in the SCCA Runoffs and won the 1993 Willow Springs Sportsman Series championship. In 1995, his first full season in the BF Goodrich Tires Trans-Am Series, he was the only driver to post top-10 finishes in all 11 races and the only driver to complete every lap. In 1997, he was second in the driver championship with seven top-five finishes, including five of the last seven races. In 1998, he again finished second, with two wins and six podium finishes. He collected his third runner-up title in 1999, with six victories, eight poles and nine podium finishes. He was the only driver to start every 1999 race in the top five. He leads the 2000 Trans-Am driver standings with three wins to date. Simo has also competed in several sports car races, with two GT2 wins for BMW Team PTG in 1998. He and his twin Mark founded the sports brand No Fear in 1990.
pronunciation: SIM o (not SEE mo)