BMW Team PTG notes, April 16 1999 Grand Prix of Road Atlanta presented by Lease Plan 1-2-3
The BMW Team PTG M3s topped the GT practice times.
Johannes van Overbeek of Danville, Calif. set the quickest time during the afternoon practice, covering the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta course in one minute, 26.409 seconds at an average lap speed of 105.82 miles an hour. Overbeek and Brian Cunningham of Danville, Ky. are sharing driving honors in the #7 Yokohama/Flextronics International/Level One BMW M3 four-door.
Boris Said of Carlsbad, Calif. and Hans Stuck of Austria were second-quickest in the #10 four-door M3 (1:26.554, 105.64 mph). Mark Simo of Carlsbad and Peter Cunningham of West Bend, Wis. were third in the #6 coupe in 1:26.716 (105.44 mph).
Scott Doniger, marketing manager, BMW of North America, Inc.
"We use practice sessions to fine-tune and set the car up, and we seem to be on the right track. We still have work to do, but so far the race preparation is proceeding as planned. Even though now we seem to be running in the lead, I know a couple of Porsche teams will be right there with us on Sunday."
Johannes van Overbeek, #7 Yokohama/Flextronics/Level One BMW M3 four-door
"We're making a lot of steady progress with the cars and the times reflect it, with all three cars in a tight one-two-three group. But it can flip-flop at any time. We don't have a dominant team. Any time I can run competitively or faster than people who are well- known in the sport of racing, it's a positive ego boost. But we're all here to do the same job, and that's to finish one-two-three on Sunday."
Hans Stuck, #10 Yokohama/Flextronics/Level One BMW M3 four-door
"The car is almost where I like to have it. I'm looking forward to what's really a sprint race, after Daytona and Sebring which were long races where you have to be more careful. But the main thing is the same -- we have to finish. My compliments on the new chicane, which is unique. It's the deepest corner on the track for braking. It requires a lot of skill for late-braking and also on the exit. It takes a good setup, yes, but it takes lots of skill to drive."
Driven to Find a Cure
The three BMW Team PTG M3s are carrying special decals this weekend supporting BMW's Driven to Find a Cure program. Now in its third year, the program was initiated to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. A caravan of BMW vehicles will visit cities across the United States, offering residents the opportunity to meet local celebrities and test-drive the vehicles. BMW will donate one dollar to the Foundation for each mile driven. The goal of $1 million, achieved in 1997 and 1998, is expected to be reached again this year.