BMW Practice Pikes Peak 97-09-27

PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series - GTS-3 Children's Hospital of Denver Grand Prix Pikes Peak International Raceway Practice- Friday, September 26, 1997 NEW BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR DEBUTS AT PIKES PEAK - PTG has entered a second BMS...

PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series - GTS-3 Children's Hospital of Denver Grand Prix Pikes Peak International Raceway Practice- Friday, September 26, 1997

NEW BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR DEBUTS AT PIKES PEAK - PTG has entered a second BMS M3 four-door that will be driven by veteran SportsCar driver John Paul, Jr. and Eduardo Pellerano, of the Dominican Republic. They will drive the No.5 Conoco/ Interstate Batteries/Budget Rental Car BMW M3 four-door.

DOUBLE DUTY - BMW M3 drivers, John Paul, Jr., Derek Hill and Boris Said are each racing in addition events this weekend. Paul is racing for Dyson Racing as teammate to Exxon World SportsCar Championship series points leader Butch Leitzinger. Hill will drive a BMW 328i in the 3-hour Speedvision Cup. While Hill and Paul will have a busy weekend; Said will be the busiest BMW M3 driver this weekend. He participated in GTS-3 testing on Thursday, then flew to Charlotte, N.C and made the hour-and-a-half drive to Martinsville, Va. Thursday night to be ready to drive his NASCAR Craftsman Truck in Friday practice and qualifying. He races in Martinsville on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET then drives to Greensboro, N.C. to catch a flight back to Colorado Springs. He arrives at 10:30 p.m. MT. The Exxon Supreme GT race is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday.

DORSEY SCHROEDER GETS BEHIND THE WHEEL OF BMW M3 - Dorsey Schroeder, 1989 SCCA Trans Am champion, took the wheel of the No. 7 Red Bull/ Fina/Yokohama BMW M3 in the morning practice session, subbing for Marc Duez, who was suffering from back and neck stiffness. Duez returned for the afternoon session. Of his time behind the wheel of the M3, Schroeder said, "I've run with these cars before, but to drive it is a really interesting deal. It's a very stiff but a forgiving car. It doesn't do anything that you don't expect it to. It's pretty progressive, when it steps out and gets loose on you; you know its going to. You have to kind of force it loose. The motor is wonderful. It's got such a broad power band on the thing. If you make a mistake and have to get out of the throttle; it doesn't just kill you on the power. With this car, you just get back on the throttle and drive off

like the mistake was never even there."

BILL AUBERLEN (No. 10 YOKOHAMA BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR) - "The track seemed to have slowed down quite a bit. A lot of wind going on which slows you down on an oval. The car is working good, we were quick. But the 39 car wasn't

out there, so we don't where he is at. The tires are good from Yokohama, we've been working with a number of different compounds, I think I found one I like."

DIETER QUESTER (No. 7 RED BULL/FINA/YOKOHAMA BMW M3) - "The track for me today was very good, it is slower than yesterday. Maybe it is a little more oily and it is hotter as well. I'm pleased with my time. There are two- or three-tenths in the car still. Maybe I could do a very high 55-second lap. For the afternoon session we have to do a lot of things on the car."

EDUARDO PELLERANO (No. 5 CONOCO BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR) - "We did not improve as substantially as we hoped. We made some adjustments last night and we still need to make some more adjustments. But the car obviously has the potential. The BMW M3 four-door is an excellent driving machine. I'm delighted to be a part of the team and to have Tom (Milner) and the rest of the boys and the other drivers with us."

JAVIER QUIROS (No. 6 YOKOHAMA BMW M3) - "We tried new tires. They held very nice at the beginning; they get loose a little bit at the third or fourth lap. But the car doesn't push at all. I think we got very neutral. We tried a lower gurney in the back to have less push. We are looking to have a car set for the race, not for qualifying."

DEREK HILL (No. 6 YOKOHAMA BMW M3) - "For the last session, we were happy with the setup of the car. We've been working on all sorts of setups for the car. It's come down mainly to a tire thing. We made a compromise with okohama and we are all agreeing on what tire to use. The tires we used this session are just what we are looking for. Javier and I feel really confident for this race."

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Derek Hill , Butch Leitzinger , Boris Said , Dorsey Schroeder , John Paul , Marc Duez