PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series - GTS-3 VISA Sports Car Championships Laguna Seca Raceway Qualifying - Friday, October 24, 1997 BMW M3 DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS - Bill Auberlen and Javier Quiros are poised to bring ...
PTG BMW M3 NOTES AND QUOTES Exxon Supreme GT Series - GTS-3 VISA Sports Car Championships Laguna Seca Raceway Qualifying - Friday, October 24, 1997
BMW M3 DRIVER'S CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS - Bill Auberlen and Javier Quiros are poised to bring Prototype Technology Group their first GTS-3 driver's title. Auberlen leads the fight with 213 points, 12 more than teammate Quiros who has 201. Porsche driver, David Murry has 198 points. If Auberlen wins the driver's championship, it would be his first professional auto racing title.
TO WIN THE TITLE, Auberlen must finish seventh or better if Quiros wins the race and must finish tenth or better if Murry wins. If Murry wins, he will take second in points ahead of Quiros. Quiros can finish one position behind Murry and still secure second place if Murry finishes second or worse
CALIFORNIA TRIO - Three PTG BMW M3 drivers are from California. Bill Auberlen lives in Redondo Beach, Derek Hill lives in Santa Monica and Boris Said lives in Carlsbad.
CHAMPIONS - BMW won the GTS-3 manufacturer's championship for the second consecutive year and PTG won the team championship last week in Sebring.
FIVE BMW M3s will start in the VISA SportsCar Championships at Laguna Seca Raceway - the 1-hour and 45-minute race starts at 12:30 p.m. PT on Saturday, October 25, 1997. The race will be broadcast LIVE on FOX Sports at 12:30 p.m. PT and 3:30 p.m. ET.
Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 10; Marc Duez qualified No. 7; Derek Hill qualified No. 6; Boris Said qualified No. 5.; Pete Halsmer qualified No. 77 for the independent Mattco Racing Team.
BMW M3 Starting Positions: No. 10 - Bill Auberlen, Boris Said 1st No. 7 - Dieter Quester, Marc Duez 3rd No. 6 - Javier Quiros, Derek Hill 5th No. 77 - Pete Halsmer/Tony Renna 6th No. 5 - Mark Simo, Boris Said 7th
BILL AUBERLEN - No. 10 YOKOHAMA BMW M3 FOUR-DOOR captured the POLE for tomorrow's GTS-3 race with a time of 1:29.465 - 90.055 mph. This is Auberlen's fifth pole of the season and second consecutive. His other poles came at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Sears Point, Mosport and at the Sebring Octoberfest last week. QUOTE - "Before I went out, I said 'it would be nice to get one more pole,' but was really just interested in being smooth and starting near the front. I had a little understeer, but I adjusted the sway bars and was able to pull it off. Starting up front is always best and now I just have to do my best to stay there and win the driver's championship for PTG and BMW."
HOW DO YOU FEEL GOING INTO THE LAST RACE WITH THE DRIVER'S TITLE ON THE LINE? "We have to do what we came here to do, which is to win the driver's championship to go with the manufacturer's title for BMW and the team title for PTG. We have the point cushion we wanted coming in here, now it's up to me to go get the championship. If we can take the top two spots in the driver's championship, that would be a real bonus."
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE RACING AT YOUR HOME TRACK? "I raced here in 1993 and '94, and have been back for vintage races since, so I know the track pretty well and consider this my home track. I really enjoy it because you have to be really smooth; you have to be very precise in order to carry the speed though these high-speed turns. It takes awhile to get used to. If I can win this title, it would be a really special to win it in front of so many of my family and friends that have come up here to support me."
DEREK HILL No. 6 YOKOHAMA BMW M3 - "This morning in practice, we had a completely neutral car, but going out on the exact same set up now with new tires, I was experiencing a push out there. But, I know we have a car that will be set up for the race. It's a long race and we'll pace ourselves and hope to be running strong at the end."
BORIS SAID, No. 5 VALVOLINE BMW M3 - "This car hasn't run a lot lately, so we just went out and got a nice smooth lap. I wanted to start closer to the front, but we'll be in good shape for the race."
TOM MILNER, PTG TEAM OWNER - "Our plan is the same as any other race, to try to win the race. If Bill wins the race he wins the championship. There are other combinations, but we'll have to see how they play out during the race. We have a good points lead, and Javier is second. Javier can stay one position behind David Murry and still finish second; we only have a problem if Murry wins. We won the manufacturer's title for BMW and the team title last week in Sebring, so we are looking forward to the race and to hope to win our first driver's title."
TITLE CONTENDER - Derek Hill will be gunning for a victory in the Exxon Supreme GTS-3 race in the No. 6 YOKOHAMA BMW M3, but also will be trying capture the Barber Dodge driver's championship. He leads the title chase after winning last week in Reno, Nev. He has won nine races this season, four in his PTG M3, once in the Sports division of the Speedvision Cup driving a BMW 328is, and four times in Barber Dodge.