BMW M3 Sebring Notes 97-10-17

PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series - GTS-3 NAPA Auto Parts Sebring Octoberfest Sebring International Raceway Race - Friday, October 17, 1997 BILL AUBERLEN - No. 10 YOKOHAMA BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR has won five times this season,...

PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series - GTS-3 NAPA Auto Parts Sebring Octoberfest Sebring International Raceway Race - Friday, October 17, 1997

BILL AUBERLEN - No. 10 YOKOHAMA BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR has won five times this season, twice at Sebring. "Sebring is my favorite place in the world. I'm really pleased to be going to Laguna next week with the points the way they are. Marc did a great job on the start and got me in position to win. PTG and BMW have given me everything I need to win, now it will be up to me next week to bring home the Driver's Championship."

TOM MILNER, PTG TEAM OWNER - "We came and did what we wanted to do, which was to secure Bill's position for the championship. It wasn't a pretty race, we crashed one car, but one-two-three is not bad. Nice and easy is our strategy for next week. Bill has to run a smooth consistent race next week, and we'll wrap up the driver's title at Laguna."

ERIK WENSBERG, M BRAND MANAGER, BMW OF NORTH AMERICA - "With the changes to the course and some mechanical challenges that we had this weekend, we had to overcome some obstacles, but the team and the drivers did a great job and got the title for the BMW here in Sebring this weekend. We have worked hard all year for this title and had some adversity, but we couldn't be happier right now. But, we still have to go to Laguna Seca next week and secure the driver's title."

JOHN PAUL JR. - No. 5 CONOCO BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR was involved in an accident when an upright failed and damaged a brake caliper, causing it to fly off; Paul had no brakes as he entered the track's hairpin and went straight in to the tire barrier. "I was in the normal braking zone for the hairpin, I was braking a little conservative because we had had some right rear caliper trouble earlier, but I had a problem with the left rear. The car would not slow down, it made a huge noise and I lost the brakes. I tried to spin if to the left off into the runoff road, but I was right on the edge of the pavement, so I went into the tire barrier head on. It's disappointing to have this happen, but there wasn't much I could do."

HAVE HELMET, WILL TRAVEL=85FAST - Bill Auberlen captured the pole for the Exxon Supreme GTS-3 race with a time of 2:13.396D99.853 mph in his No. 10 Yokohama BMW four-door during Thursday's 9 a.m. qualifying session. Auberlen, also driving in the Speedvision Cup Sport and Grand Sport Divisions, and in World Sports Car, had a busy afternoon. In the early and mid-afternoon, he captured the pole in Sports and qualified second in Grand Sports. Auberlen put his McMillen Motorsports BMW 328is on the Sports pole with a time of 2:38.109D85.566 mph and sits on the outside pole in Grand Sports with a time of 2:30.224 - 90.057 mph in one of the Massari Muller BMW M3s. In late afternoon WSC qualifying, Auberlen placed his BMW-powered machine 11th in the WSC field with a time of 2:01.923 - 110.96 mph.

BMW DRIVER CAPTURES SPEEDVISION SPORT TITLE - BMW 328is driver, Jeff McMillen captured the Speedvision Cup Sport division driver's championship with a second place finish on Friday night. He and Bill Auberlen co-drove the McMillen Motorsports entry.

BMW M3 CAPTURES GRAND SPORT RACE - Terry Borcheller and Javier Quiros won the Speedvision Cup Grand Sport race on Friday night in the Massari Muller team's BMW M3.

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Terry Borcheller , Javier Quiros