Mid-Ohio: BMW Rahal Letterman Racing qualifying report

BMW RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING TEAM QUALIFIES 4th and 7th AT MID-OHIO Lexington, Ohio. Aug.7, 2009... The two BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3s qualified fourth and seventh in the increasingly competitive GT2 class for tomorrow's Acura Sports...

BMW RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING TEAM QUALIFIES 4th and 7th AT MID-OHIO

Lexington, Ohio. Aug.7, 2009... The two BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3s qualified fourth and seventh in the increasingly competitive GT2 class for tomorrow's Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Dirk M ller, driving the No.92 M3, qualified fourth, with a 1:21.516 minute lap around the 2.4-mile circuit. Just .091 seconds back, Joey Hand qualified the No.90 M3 in seventh with a 1:21.607 minutelap. Both M3s are less than six-tenths of a second behind the class polestitter.

At this "home" race for Rahal Letterman Racing, the team is looking for a strong performance to start a rigorous month of racing. Tomorrow's race is the first of three American Le Mans Series races in the month of August.

Dirk M ller, driver No.92 M3:

"For the very first time we were P1 in practice, but it was very close. Today I was only two tenths from third and less than one-half second from the pole. Honestly, I think tomorrow's race will be the toughest race of the year. Pit strategy will make a big difference, and we have that element on our side. I like this kind of racing!"

Tommy Milner, driver No.92 M3:

"If you look at the qualifying times and practice times, the top seven cars are all very close. Hundredths of a second make a difference. Dirk is pleased with the car so I am happy to start the race in P4. I've started every race this year so we'll stick with that plan."

Joey Hand, driver No 90 M3:

"Qualifying may not have shown our best, but we've been right in the mix all weekend long. I know we'll show better in the race. I have no doubt we will get a good start and it should be a tough race considering how competitive the GT2 class is."

Bill Auberlen, driver No.90 M3:

"We have been really looking good, but just did not get the optimum set-up for qualifying. The team has made great decisions in every race this year so I know we'll be able to move up."

The two-hour-and-forty minute race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. ET Saturday and will be broadcast on NBC television Sunday beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.

-credit: bmw/rlr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Tommy Milner