Charlotte BMW M3s Qualify Fifth and Sixth

BMW Team PTG will start fifth and sixth in the GT class for Saturday's two-hour, 45-minute race. Peter Cunningham qualified the ...

BMW Team PTG will start fifth and sixth in the GT class for Saturday's two-hour, 45-minute race. Peter Cunningham qualified the #10 BMW M3 fifth in class in one minute 16.367 seconds (106.067 mph). Hans Stuck qualified the new 2001 #6 BMW M3 sixth in 1:16.399 (106.022 mph).

Hans Stuck, driver, #6 BMW M3

"We used a harder tire compound for today's qualifying to be on the safe side for tomorrow. I prefer this compound to the other one because of the race distance. To me, it's amazing the time of the Porsche -- I don't know where he picks up three seconds over us. We have a very good race car, you can see this."

Peter Cunningham, driver, #10 BMW M3

"We feel a lot better about qualifying today than we did yesterday. The car is balanced really well and I'm happy with the tire choice that we'll start the race with. Everybody did a great job. We've got a very good race car."

Ina Gastesi, chief engineer, BMW Team PTG

"The infield race track is not the best for these cars. Each car is best on one type of race track, and this race track is probably the worst we can have for these cars. For sure, there is more difference between Porsche and our cars. Here, we don't have the speed that they have. We'll go for reliability this time, see if we can do the race clean. If we can stay out of problems with the chicane, we may have a chance."

maxing motorsport

BMW Team PTG driver Johannes van Overbeek is working with team sponsors Flextronics International and Level One, to help maximize their motorsport investment. He recently spoke to the Flextronics sales force about how to create a synergy between racing and their company by getting people excited about racing and their products.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Peter Cunningham , Johannes van Overbeek