BMW Team PTG to Mosport

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (July 26, 2000) -- BMW Team PTG has a score to settle when it returns to Mosport International Raceway for the American Le Mans Series globemegawheels.com Grand Prix at Mosport on Aug. 6. Last year, Hans Stuck of ...

BOWMANVILLE, Ont. (July 26, 2000) -- BMW Team PTG has a score to settle when it returns to Mosport International Raceway for the American Le Mans Series globemegawheels.com Grand Prix at Mosport on Aug. 6. Last year, Hans Stuck of Austria set a GT class record on the 2.459-mile track and finished second in class with his co-driver Christian Menzel of Germany. The pair was closing on the team's fifth Mosport win, but lost a lap because of their track position relative to the pace car during a late-race caution period. BMW Team PTG is also looking to vindicate the results of last week's ALMS race at Sears Point. Hans Stuck of Austria and Boris Said of Carlsbad, Calif., won by a 20-second margin, but later were excluded from the race due to problems with the No. 7 BMW M3's fuel cell. "Now that we know we can win, hopefully we can do it again," said team owner Tom Milner. "Mosport is not as good a track for our cars as Sears Point was, but we have won there before, in 1996, 1997 and two classes in 1998." BMW Team PTG will field three M3s at Mosport, with Said; Stuck; Brian Cunningham of Danville, Ky.; Peter Cunningham of West Bend, Wis.; Johannes van Overbeek of Danville, Calif., and one other driver. Nic Jonsson of Aliso Viejo, Calif., who usually drives for the team, will be married in Sweden on Aug. 5. Stuck has raced and won at Mosport since the late 1970s. "For me, Mosport is a great track, " he said. "I've heard they have made some adjustments in terms of safety, so for us it can only be better. We're going back for the win we deserved last year, when we did not win because we were in the wrong spot for the pace car. First we're going to prove we can win what we tried last year, and second, we're going to repeat our win from Sears Point." Peter Cunningham, who competed at Mosport in the Speedvision World Challenge GT race in May, says changes to the track present a new challenge. "Mosport has always been one of my favorite tracks," he said. "I just ran there on Victoria Day weekend in my RealTime Racing M3; we were on the pole and had the fastest race lap. The new changes to the track make the facility nicer and safer but at the same time different, in particular turn four, which has a completely different flavor and takes some getting used to. It's definitely a horsepower-dependent track, but it also has a good bit of twists and turns that will be the BMW's advantage." Tom Salkowsky, motorsport manager for BMW of North America, Inc., noted, " It is very unfortunate that we experienced a problem with our fuel cell on our newest No. 7 M3, but on occasion issues like this arise when you build brand-new race cars. However, I haven't lost sight of how hard the PTG team worked to prepare all the cars after the Nuerburgring race for Sears Point, so I give them all a lot of credit for their efforts and dedication. We are now focused on Mosport and looking forward to being competitive and continuing with this momentum." The two-hour 45-minute globemegawheels.com Grand Prix of Mosport is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6. It will be televised live on NBC Sports from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The American Le Mans Series Radio Web will broadcast live Aug. 4 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Aug. 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (all EDT)

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