Phoenix BMW Team PTG Qualifying

BMW Team PTG notes: Final Qualifying, Nov. 6, 1999 Grand Prix of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Motor Speedway Race eight of eight, American Le Mans Series BMW Team PTG found more speed during Saturday's final qualifying session. Hans Stuck won the ...

BMW Team PTG notes: Final Qualifying, Nov. 6, 1999 Grand Prix of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Motor Speedway Race eight of eight, American Le Mans Series

BMW Team PTG found more speed during Saturday's final qualifying session. Hans Stuck won the "team pole", fourth on the GT grid, in the #6 BMW M3 with a time of one minute 19.742 seconds at 101.57 miles per hour. Peter Cunningham qualified fifth in class in the #7 M3 (1:19.860, 101.42 mph) and Mark Simo was ninth in the #10 M3 (1:21.144, 99.822 mph).

Hans Stuck, driver, #6 BMW M3

"I'm very happy. The car is 98 per cent to me. Unfortunately, we had no chance to beat the Porsche in qualifying, but we have a long race, we have a tricky pit exit and many things can happen. Maybe we'll have some luck this time. The Porsche is a little bit fragile, they've had some breaking axles during the other races. I hope I can do a good job to put Johannes [co-driver van Overbeek] into position to keep his second place [in the driver championship], at least."

Peter Cunningham, driver, #7 BMW M3

"We're pretty happy now with the progression we've made. We still have room for improvement, but we're much more comfortable with the balance of our car now. Today was a much better day and we're in a much better position for the race. We're going to make one more change for the warm-up tomorrow, and if that is inconclusive we'll probably come back to where we are now."

Mark Simo, driver, #10 BMW M3

"Everybody's made pretty significant gains today over yesterday. I've got more comfortable with the car, but I think I've overdriven it and I haven't got the time I'm looking for. I'm looking to calm down and quit overworking the car to find that additional time. I don't think it's a long way off, but it's got to be dealt with."

Track magic

"We're going to have very good driver changes tomorrow because I have a meeting tonight with Siegfried from Siegfried and Roy. He's going to show us how to change drivers in less than three seconds," Stuck said. He was a guest of the magic pair for their 4339th show in Las Vegas Friday evening.

Sponsor support

Michael Marks, chief executive officer for Flextronics International, is attending his first race this weekend. BMW Team PTG receives sponsorship support from Yokohama, Flextronics and Level One.

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