BMW Team PTG is first and sixth on the provisional GT grid for Sunday's race. Brian Cunningham put the ...
BMW Team PTG is first and sixth on the provisional GT grid for Sunday's race. Brian Cunningham put the #10 BMW M3 on the provisional pole with his time of one minute 36.145 seconds on the 2.52-mile road course. He is co-driving with Nic Jonsson. Peter Cunningham, paired with Johannes van Overbeek, was sixth in the #6 M3 in 1:37.628. Boris Said, driving with Hans Stuck, qualified the #7 M3 second in class, but his time was disallowed due to a problem with an airbox leak.
Brian Cunningham, driver, #10 BMW M3
"I wish there was only one day of qualifying! Today is just day one and we have another qualifying tomorrow, so I don't want to jinx everything by celebrating today's [provisional] pole. It's a testament to the hard work that all the guys have put into the cars. It's a good day for BMW and PTG."
Boris Said, driver, #7 BMW M3
"It's about time. We've been fighting horsepower at every track, but BMW's worked really hard on handling and Yokohama's worked really hard on tires. Now we're at a track where handling is the key, and BMW is the ultimate driving machine on the best tires out there, so I think this is our best chance to win a race. It's not over yet, but it's looking a lot better than it has for a year and a half. I'm pretty happy."
Tom Milner, team owner, BMW Team PTG
"We're happy it worked out very well. What a difference a race makes, from rainy and cold Germany to sunny and warm California! It's not such a surprise that we are quicker here, the surprise is that the Porsches are so slow. That surprises me more than anything. The guys did a great job working on the cars, so here we go. Let's see what happens tomorrow."
BMW celebrates on track
BMW Team PTG participated in a special track day at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut last week, celebrating BMW of North America, Inc.'s 25th anniversary. Brian Cunningham, Peter Cunningham, Boris Said and Johannes van Overbeek offered track rides to all BMW employees and their families, in BMW M5s. The guests also had a chance to drive a variety of production BMWs on track and to drive in an autocross with the BMW X5.