Sebring BMW Team PTG Driver Profiles

BRIAN CUNNINGHAM born: Aug. 24, 1970 in Batavia, N.Y. residence: Danville, Ky. family: wife Susan, daughter Lucie 1999 second in ALMS GT driver championship; wins at Portland, Road Atlanta; third at Lime Rock, Mosport, Petit Le...

BRIAN CUNNINGHAM

born:  Aug. 24, 1970 in Batavia, N.Y.
residence:  Danville, Ky.
family:  wife Susan, daughter Lucie

1999 second in ALMS GT driver championship; wins at Portland, Road Atlanta; third at Lime Rock, Mosport, Petit Le Mans

Brian Cunningham started racing karts in 1978. He was a leading contender in the Skip Barber Formula Ford Championship and the Formula Ford 2000 Championship in 1990 and '91. In 1992, he won rookie of the year in the Oldsmobile Pro Series and became a world speed and endurance record-holder as a member of the factory Oldsmobile team that set 52 records. He was a top racer in British Formula Three from 1993 through '96. He won one race and scored a pole, three fastest race laps and five top-five finishes for the factory Oldsmobile Aurora program in the 1996 IMSA GT1 series. He competed in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 1997, and followed with a successful season in the PPG Dayton Indy Lights Championship in 1998. Cunningham is a licensed pilot. He is the grandson of Briggs S. Cunningham, a legendary sports-car driver and constructor of the 1950s and '60s and the winning skipper of the America's Cup yacht Columbia. Brian's father Briggs Jr. finished 10th in the 1963 Daytona 500 as a team owner.

PETER CUNNINGHAM

born:  July 1, 1962 in Milwaukee, Wis.
residence:  West Bend, Wis.
family:  single

1999 GT second at Lime Rock, third at Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta -- 1998 GT2 win at Minneapolis; GT3 wins at Daytona, Lime Rock; second at Las Vegas, Laguna Seca, Mosport, Road Atlanta, Sebring; third at Petit Le Mans, Sebring, Watkins Glen

With 10 widely diverse championships to his credit, Peter Cunningham is the only driver in SCCA Pro Racing to have won titles in Solo II, Pro Rally, sprint and endurance road racing, as well as ice racing. Along the way, he has driven in a remarkable 25 24-hour races and collected eight victories. He was the 1997 SCCA World Challenge driver champion in the Touring 1 class. With 27 victories through 1997, he is the all-time winningest driver in the series and its predecessor. He was runner-up in the 1997 North American Touring Car Championship and holds the record for most series wins. When he's not on the track racing, Cunningham is president and CEO of RealTime Racing & Logistics, which fields a four-car SCCA World Challenge Touring Car team and provides sales training and consumer-education events in automotive-related fields.

DARREN LAW

born:  April 4, 1968 in Toronto, Ont.
residence:  Phoenix, Ariz.
family:  wife Karrie, daughters Megan and Hannah

1999 GT second at Portland, third at Sears Point; 1998 GT3 second at Petit Le Mans

Darren Law started racing karts in 1979. He won numerous divisional championships and the 1982 IKF Grand National Championship. He moved to regional Sports 2000 racing in 1986 and won the 1987 West Pro Sports 2000 Series Group B championship. He raced in the IMSA Firestone Firehawk Series in 1988 and 1989, and then bartered work for a ride and won the 1990 Saguaro series SCCA regional championship. In 1991, he raced in the RAC British Formula Renault Championship for the Elden Race Cars factory team, and did all the research and development work on the factory's Formula Fords. Law joined the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix in late 1991. He has since competed in the American Super Touring Championship, Motorola Cup, American Le Mans Series and other sports-car races including the 24 Hours of Daytona. Law's father worked for Mark Donohue and Roger Penske.

BORIS SAID III

born:  Sept. 18, 1962 in New York, N.Y.
residence:  Carlsbad, Calif.
family:  wife Karen

1999 GT wins at Lime Rock, Sears Point; second at Petit Le Mans -- 1998 GT2 wins at Las Vegas, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta; GT3 wins at Daytona, Mid-Ohio, Sebring; second at Homestead -- 1997 GTS-3 wins at Daytona, Pikes Peak, Sears Point; second at Laguna Seca, Mosport; third at Las Vegas, Lime Rock, Watkins Glen -- 1996 GTS-2 win at Mosport; third at Daytona, Sears Point

Boris Said started racing motocross at age 12. He was the SCCA Corvette Challenge 1988 rookie of the year. He took the pole and fastest race lap, and led flag-to-flag to win the SCCA Showroom Stock GT national championship in 1989, '90 and '91. In 1992, he won the IMSA Endurance Challenge sports-class championship. He won the 1994 SCCA Trans-Am series Rising Star of the Year award, and collected a win, 11 top-five and 23 top-10 Trans-Am finishes from 1994 to '96. In 1995, he posted Ford's first Firestone Firehawk victory. He drove 18 hours of the 1996 Daytona 24-hour race, finishing first in GT1 and third in GTS, and competed as a self-crewed driver in six-hour races at Sebring and Road Atlanta. Said's European racing efforts include the ADAC German GT Cup (eighth in 1993), two 24 Hours of Le Mans races (GT2 pole in 1994, second in 1995) and a GT2 pole and class win at Spa-Francorchamps in 1994. He also drives for Irvan-Simo Racing in NASCAR. He started fifth in his first Winston Cup race in 1998 and was a front-row starter and race-leader in 1999. He is director of motorsports for No Fear.

HANS-JOACHIM STUCK

born: Jan. 1, 1951 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany residences: Ellmau/T., Austria and Boca Raton, Fla. family: wife Sylvia; his sons Johannes-Emanuel and Ferdinand- Alexander

1999 GT wins at Lime Rock, Sears Point; second at Mosport, Petit Le Mans

Hans Stuck began racing touring cars in 1969. He has a wealth of experience in most major road-racing series, including the Formula One World Championship, Formula Two European Championship, Sportscar World Championship, IMSA GT, European Touring Car Championship, International Touring Car Championship, SCCA Trans-Am Series and FIA GT Championship. He is a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1986 and '87), three-time winner of the Sebring 12-hour event ( 1986, '88 and '93) and has won the 24 Hours of Nrburgring (1970 and '98) and the 24 Hours of Spa- Francorchamps (1972). Stuck was the German Touring Car champion in 1972 and '90, won the Procar Series with the BMW M1 (1979), was Sportscar world champion (1985), winner of the ADAC Supercup Sportscars (1987) and winner of the IMSA Supercar Championship (1993). He spent 1998 with the Team BMW Motorsport BMW V12 Le Mans program and as a development driver for the BMW V8 race engine. His hobbies include alpine skiing, golf and "most of all my two sons, Johannes and Ferdinand".

JOHANNES van OVERBEEK

born:  April 14, 1973 in Sacramento, Calif.
residence:  Danville, Calif.
family:  single

1999 third in ALMS GT driver championship; win at Road Atlanta; second at Portland; third at Lime Rock, Mosport, Sears Point

Johannes van Overbeek started racing karts in 1983. His early career included four years of "secret" racing without his family's knowledge. In 1993, he ran his first SCCA ITC race and set a track record at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California. He raced a Camaro in SCCA club events in 1995 and finished third at the national runoffs. In 1996, he debuted in two SCCA World Challenge Series races with BMW. He had a strong rookie season in 1997, with three victories, two pole positions and two track records. He swept the field at Heartland Park Topeka as fastest qualifier, set the fastest race lap and won his first career race. Despite the trauma of his crew chief's death, he still collected three podium finishes, five top-five and seven top-10 finishes to help BMW secure second place in the 1998 T2 class manufacturer championship. He finished third in the season finale at Pikes Peak after starting from last position. Now a marketing consultant, van Overbeek started his first business, a mailing service, at age 14. He has an avid interest in the history of the West and enjoys running, cycling, hiking, climbing and ski racing.

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