BMW TEAM PTG drivers 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,...
BMW TEAM PTG drivers
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 OIdsmobile team that set 52 records. He was a top racer in British Formula Three from 1993 through '96. He scored one win, a pole, three fast race laps and five top-five finishes for the factory Oldsmobile Aurora program in the 1996 IMSA GT1 series. He competed in the 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and Indy Lights in 1998. As 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, Cunningham wants to achieve what his grandfather set out to do - - win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He is a licensed pilot.
born: July 1, 1962 in Milwaukee, Wis.
residence: West Bend, Wis.
family: single, girlfriend Rainey Otjin
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
15-year veteran Peter Cunningham is the only driver in North America to have won championships in Solo II, Pro Rally, sprint and endurance road racing, as well as ice racing. He has driven in 25 24-hour races and collected eight victories. He is the all-time winningest driver in the North American Super Touring Championship (eight wins), is third in victories in the Firestone Firehawk Endurance Series (27) and is tied for most wins in the Speedvision World Challenge (19). Cunningham is president of RealTime R&L, Inc., a racing and logistics company based in Saukville, Wis. He drives the RealTime BMW M3 in the Speedvision GT Championship, where he's gunning for his 11th professional driver title. He also oversees the five-car RealTime Speedvision Touring Car effort, vying for its sixth championship in as many years. The logistics side of the business is responsible for implementing more than 30 events each year, providing sales training and consumer-education programs in automotive-related fields.
born: Aug. 4, 1967 in Bankeryd, Sweden
residence: Aliso Viejo, Calif.
family: wife Helene
Nic Jonsson started racing karts at age seven. He made his first professional race start in 1989 in Scandinavian Formula Three, and won the series championship in 1990 and '91. He was the 1992 Scandinavian Touring Car champion, finished second in the 1992 European Formula Three Cup and was runner-up in the 1995 Formula Asia championship. He was a test driver for Reynard in 1993 and '94, for designer and race engineer Ken Andersson in 1996 and '97 and for Lola U.K. in 1997 and '98. He competed in selected European touring car, Indy Racing League and Indy Lights races from 1996 to 2000. Jonsson has trained Swedish royal family bodyguards and secret-service agents in high-performance and self-defense driving. He has a college degree in carpentry and a university degree in recreational therapy. He worked at a rehabilitation center for abused youths for four years while racing in Sweden. Jonsson played competitive badminton until age 17, when he declined an opportunity to play with the Swedish national team because of his 5'7" height. He also played semi-pro bandy, a fast version of ice hockey, played with a small orange ball instead of a puck.
BORIS SAID III
born: Sept. 18, 1962 in New York, N.Y.
residence: Carlsbad, Calif.
family: wife Karen Sileo
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 1998 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 two 24 Hour of Le Mans races (GT2 pole in 1994, second in '95), the ADAC German GT Cup (eighth in 1993), and a GT2 pole and vicyory in the BPR Global Endurance race at Spa-Francorchamps in 1994. He also competes in NASCAR Winston Cup, where he was a front-row starter and race-leader in 1999.
born: Jan. 1, 1951 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
residence: Ellmau/T., Austria
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 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 Sebring 12-hour event (1986, '88 and '93) and has won the 24 Hours of NÂrburgring (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 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.
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 finish second in the 1998 World Challenge Touring Car manufacturer championship. He finished third in the season finale at Pikes Peak after starting last. 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.