Contact: Laz Denes, 310-538-2599 PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM USRRC SPORTS CAR EXTRAVAGANZA -- Press Notes for Saturday, May 16, 1998 PTG BMW M3s QUALIFY 1-2 IN GT3 - Boris Said and Marc Duez put their respective Yokohama/Fina BMW...
Contact: Laz Denes, 310-538-2599
PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM USRRC SPORTS CAR EXTRAVAGANZA -- Press Notes for Saturday, May 16, 1998
PTG BMW M3s QUALIFY 1-2 IN GT3 - Boris Said and Marc Duez put their respective Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four-doors 1-2 on the GT3 grid today in qualifying for Sunday's USRRC Sports Car Extravaganza at the Homestead Motorsports Complex south of Miami, Fla. Said toured the 2.21-mile oval/road course in 1 minute, 28.158 seconds, an average speed of 90.247 mph, in putting the No. 10 BMW M3 on the GT3 pole. Duez was second in 1:29.030, 89.363 mph. It was the second time this season and the fifth time in the last two seasons that PTG BMW M3s have qualified 1-2. The first was at the Sebring 12-Hour event in March. They accomplished the feat three times last season, including 1-2-3 qualifying efforts twice. Sunday's 2-hour, 15-minute race will be broadcast live on Speedvision at 2 p.m. (EDT)
ANOTHER BMW M3 CAPTURES GT2 POLE - Andy Pilgrim, who drove a PTG BMW M3 to the GT2 pole at the Las Vegas Professional Sports Car Racing event last month and helped co-drive the car to BMW's first-ever GT2 win, today qualified the No. 54 privateer Massari-Muller BMW M3 coupe on the GT2 pole. The car practiced Friday as a GT3 entry but was configured to GT2 specs and was moved up in class overnight. Pilgrim recorded a fast lap today of 1:29.008, 89.385 mph. He will co-drive with Scott Newman and Terry Borcheller in Sunday's race.
BORIS SAID, No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "Our cars have been doing really well for the last couple of years. They're highly developed race cars right now. We're looking to go out and get another win tomorrow. And with another M3 on the GT2 pole, we're hoping we can go out and win both classes for the second race in a row."
SCOTT DONIGER, M Brand Manager, BMW of North America, Inc. - "We're very happy to be running USRRC races. Wherever the racing is, we're happy to go there. Qualifying 1-2 on the GT3 grid today is very satisfying, particularly in light of yesterday's practice sessions, when we were running 2-3 in the order. It looks like we have the formula right for this track, and we're hoping we can have a really positive day tomorrow."
TOM MILNER, PTG Team Owner - "So far it's looked pretty easy. But the No. 55 Porsche, which was quicker than us yesterday, had some problems in qualifying today. Qualifying only means you can go fast. It doesn't mean that you're going to win. But we'll go out tomorrow and try to do our best. We'll apply our same strategy as always: no mistakes, keep our noses clean on the track, and hope we get some breaks when we need them. I'm particularly impressed with how well Mark Simo (co-driving with Boris Said in the No. 10 PTG BMW M3) did today. He was still learning the track yesterday, and he came out here today and was really pushing Boris to go faster. That hopefully means good things are in store for tomorrow."
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