Watkins Glen: BMW Team PTG Friday report

Sahlen's Six Hour of The Glen will mark the 101st race for the BMW Team PTG M3 racing program; Racing for 50th win. This weekend's Sahlen's Six Hour of The Glen will mark BMW Team PTG's 101st race and, after three straight 2005 Rolex Series GT...

Sahlen's Six Hour of The Glen will mark the 101st race for the BMW Team PTG M3 racing program; Racing for 50th win.

This weekend's Sahlen's Six Hour of The Glen will mark BMW Team PTG's 101st race and, after three straight 2005 Rolex Series GT class wins, the team is on the verge of its 50th win for BMW of North America's M3 racing program.

Last season, Boris Said and Bill Auberlen took The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen win. The victory marked the first win at the storied Watkins Glen International road course for BMW Team PTG. BMW Team PTG has won three Rolex Series 6-Hour races in a row, beginning with the Six Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant last season.

Boris Said returns for one race with BMW Team PTG -

Boris Said returns to the seat of a BMW Team PTG M3 this weekend. One of the original drivers with the program in 1995, Said is now focusing on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. A rare free weekend allowed him the opportunity to rejoin BMW Team PTG.

Said - "I have been racing a BMW Team PTG BMW M3 for so many years; it is great to have the opportunity to do it again - at one of my most favorite tracks. I am very happy that Tom gave me a call. We've had bad luck in some of the past years here, but got it turned around last season with our first win at the Glen. I will look to help the team do it again on Sunday."

Friday practice -

Yesterday, Joey Hand led all BMW Team PTG drivers in the two scheduled practice sessions. Driving the No. 21 M3 he recorded the third fastest GT time of the day with a lap of 1:58.056 minutes around the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International circuit. His time was only .377 seconds behind the class leading Porsche. Hand also drove the No. 16 M3, setting the eighth fastest GT time of the session (1:58.518). Boris Said, driving the No. 22 M3, was ninth quick with a lap of 1:58.616. All of the team's fast times were posted in the morning session.

Points -

BMW is second in GT Manufacturer Points. BMW Team PTG drivers stand sixth (Joey Hand), ninth (Bill Auberlen), 17th (Tom Milner, Justin Marks), 21st (Ian James), 23rd (Kelly Collins), 31st (RJ Valentine), and 32nd (Chris Gleason).

Practice continues from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Saturday, with qualifying is scheduled at 1:00 p.m. The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Sunday and will be televised in two parts on Speed Channel, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

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