PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM USRRC SPORTS CAR EXTRAVAGANZA -- Press Notes for Friday, May 15, 1998 PTG BMW M3s RUNNING 2-3 AFTER OPENING DAY OF PRACTICE -- The No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four-door of Boris Said and Mark Simo recorded...
PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM USRRC SPORTS CAR EXTRAVAGANZA -- Press Notes for Friday, May 15, 1998
PTG BMW M3s RUNNING 2-3 AFTER OPENING DAY OF PRACTICE -- The No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four-door of Boris Said and Mark Simo recorded the second-fastest GT3 practice time in this afternoon's practice session for Sunday's 2-hour, 15-minute USRRC Sports Car Extravaganza at the Homestead Motorsports Complex. Their time f 1 minute, 29.054 seconds, an average of 89.341 mph over the 2.21-mile oval/road course, was just 1/100th of a second behind the No. 55 Porsche 911 GT3 entry of Jorge Trejos and Tim Ralston. The No. 1 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four-door of Marc Duez and Ross Bentley was third in 1:29.894 (88.504 mph). The privateer BMW M3 entry of Scott Newman, Andy Pilgrim and Terry Borcheller was third at 1:30.204 (88.200 mph). Qualifying for Sunday's event is set for 10 a.m. (EDT) Saturday.
BORIS SAID, No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "My day started off with a bang but it's gotten better ever since. (Note: Said was sitting on some paddock fencing this morning when he accidentally fell, landing face first on the asphalt and suffering bumps and abrasions to his forehead and nose.) I'd make a good spokesperson for an aspirin company at this point! Fortunately, the M3 is an easy car to drive so the bumps aren't bothering me out on the track. The car's working quite perfectly thus far. We've been working a bit on overall balance and it doesn't seem to be taking much time to dial them in." Said drove the No. 6 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 two door to BMW's first-ever GT2-class victory with Bill Auberlen in the last Professional Sports Car Racing event at Las Vegas April 26.
MARC DUEZ, No. 1 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "The BMW is back in good shape after a little off-road excursion early in the afternoon practice. (Duez had to go off-course trying to avoid a Can-Am competitor, the cockpit subsequently filling up enough with dirt and dust that he had to take a slow lap to clear the air.) I'm very confident for the race because (teammate) Ross (Bentley) is going quickly, and the car is in very good shape." Duez, drove the GT3-winning PTG BMW M3 at Las Vegas last month.
ROSS BENTLEY, No. 1 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "This track is really wonderful. You can tell that they really put a lot of thought into it when they designed it because it's not your typical road course inside an oval. It's probably the best road course at an oval that I've been on. Our cars have really adapted well to the track. But what can I say ... that seems to be the case everywhere we go these days." Bentley is coming off back-to-back second-place finishes at the Professional Sports Car Racing events at Sebring and Las Vegas, both times behind the winning team car.
MARK SIMO, No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "I'm still learning this track. I've gotten to where I'm getting the key pieces of it right, but I've yet to put them all together in one lap. Fortunately, it's only Friday. I'm going at a comfortable speed, but we'll certainly have to turn it up a notch to run consistently at race pace."
AUBERLEN RACING ELSEWHERE THIS WEEKEND - Defending Sports Car GT3 champion Bill Auberlen is missing his first event of the season with the PTG team this weekend. Recently named a BMW factory driver, he is also competing in the International Sports Racing Series this year, driving a BMW-powered Riley & Scott World Sports Car campaigned by Italian-based Team Rafanelli. That series is racing at Brno, Czech Republic, this weekend.
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