Daytona II: BMW Team PTG preview

BMW Team PTG Returns to Daytona with Four M3s Woodcliff Lake, NJ - June 29, 2005-- BMW Team PTG will return to its full complement of four GT class BMW M3s at the June 30th Brumos Porsche 250 looking to move up in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT...

BMW Team PTG Returns to Daytona with Four M3s

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - June 29, 2005-- BMW Team PTG will return to its full complement of four GT class BMW M3s at the June 30th Brumos Porsche 250 looking to move up in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class points battle.

With practice, qualifying and a 250-mile race packed into one long day and night, the traditional summer return to Daytona International Speedway marks the half-way point of the 2005 season.

BMW Team PTG has won three of the six races to-date and BMW stands second in GT Manufacturer points. Following the first win of the season at the April 3rd Grand American 400 at California Speedway, BMW Team PTG swept the GT podium of the Road and Track 250 at Laguna Seca on May1. The third win came at the Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant on May 22.

Four drivers stand in the top-10 in Driver points. Joey Hand is sixth, Tom Milner and Justin Marks are seventh and 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series GT Champion Bill Auberlen is ninth. For this race, BMW Team PTG owner Tom Milner continues to mix the lineup to maximize the team's performance. Hand and Marks will drive the No. 16 F1 Air M3 and Auberlen and Milner will co- drive the No. 21 BMW Team PTG M3. Kelly Collins and RJ Valentine will drive the No. 17 F1 Air M3. Chris Gleason and Ian James will drive the No. 22 BMW Team PTG M3.

"After racing three M3s at the two six-hour races, we are back with all four cars for this race," said Milner. "Not only will that increase our odds for success at a track that can prove difficult for us, but we have worked very hard to bring four improved M3s to Daytona. We are very pleased with the results of recent testing and think we will be able to take better advantage of the newly resurfaced infield section. With the smallest engines in the GT class we are at a distinct disadvantage on the banking, so we must focus on our strengths - and that is in the infield."

Last season, BMW Team PTG finished 1-2 at this event with Auberlen and Marks sharing the victory and Hand and Boris Said second.

The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with a one-and-one-half hour practice session. Qualifying is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Brumos Porsche 250 is scheduled to start at 7:15 p.m. ET and will be televised live on Speed Channel beginning at 8:00p.m. ET.

Background:

2005 marks the tenth season of competition for BMW M3s of BMW Team PTG and 30th anniversary of BMW of North America's motorsport programs. BMW Team PTG has won a total of 49 races in both sprint and endurance racing series and 14 sports car racing championships. In 2004, BMW Team PTG swept the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class Manufacturer, Driver and Team Points championships, winning 10 of 12 races.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Kelly Collins , Ian James , Justin Marks , Chris Gleason