BMW Team PTG will start fourth and eighth in the GT class for Sunday's race on the 1.944-mile Portland road course. Boris Said qualified the ...
BMW Team PTG will start fourth and eighth in the GT class for Sunday's race on the 1.944-mile Portland road course. Boris Said qualified the #7 BMW M3 fourth in class in one minute 16.145 seconds. Brian Cunningham, hindered by a mechanical problem, qualified the #10 M3 eighth in class in 1:17.879.
Boris Said, driver, #7 BMW M3
"That's probably where we should have ended up. We're down on straightaway speeds on this track. It's a horsepower track and there isn't enough handling to make up the difference. But our car's handling great and we worked real hard. It's a long race, so we'll just race hard and hope [the others] have problems."
Brian Cunningham, driver, #10 BMW M3
"Unfortunately, we had a problem with the car. We discovered it before qualifying, but we didn't have time to fix it. But we'll get it done and be ready to race tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll do a little bit better than last year [when Cunningham finished second, but was awarded first-place points after the race]. This year I want to win -- on the track."
Tom Salkowsky, motorsport manager, BMW of North America, Inc.
"We could see that the number 10 M3 was slower in this afternoon's practice. We diagnosed what the problem was, which was the VANOS system. The VANOS varies the intake in exhaust valves and, as in our production car, it gives the car much better torque and performance. We thought we had the problem snuffed out, but it bit us again in qualifying so we'll get it worked out tonight and we'll be ready for the race tomorrow."