Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta Race Six, American Le Mans Series
BMW Team PTG took advantage of a full-course caution period just past the six-hour mark of the 10-hour, 1000-mile Petit Le Mans. All three cars pitted, while the GT class race-leader #23 Porsche stayed on track. The #6 BMW M3 of Boris Said and Hans Stuck is still second in class. The #7 M3, driven by Peter Cunningham, Brian Simo and Brian Cunningham, is third. The #10 car, with drivers Darren Law, Mark Simo and Johannes van Overbeek, is fourth.
Because he is leading the GT driver championship, van Overbeek did not drive until the first five hours of the race were completed. Team owner Tom Milner kept the option of putting van Overbeek in another car if his #10 encountered problems. For the same reason, Brian Cunningham, who is third in driver points, did not start until 5.5 hours into the race.
Brian Cunningham, driver, #7 BMW M3
"I understand the reason for waiting, but I want to get in! But Tom Milner has a lot of experience and, as they say, father knows best. We've done lots of testing here, but it's not the same as a race. I'd like to get more race laps."
Mark Simo, driver, #10 BMW M3
[without anti-lock brakes] "It's not harder to drive, but it's harder to drive fast because you begin to get flat spots on the tires. They get progressively worse a lot quicker than under normal conditions.
"The traffic is kinda funky. Some of the prototypes are very fair, especially the Dysons. They're really acting responsibly for our [GT] cars. But some of the others make no sense at all. It's too bad a few cars make it miserable for the whole field."
BMW Team PTG driver Peter Cunningham was seen clearing empty cups from the team's pit area. "A clean pit is a winning pit," he said.
BMW Team PTG driver Boris Said is celebrating his 37th birthday today.