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Watkins Glen BMW Mid-Race Report

PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM - SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 1998 First Union Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Raceway MID-RACE UPDATE ONE PTG BMW M3 RETIRES PREMATURELY, THE OTHER FALLS BEHIND The 12-race PTG BMW M3...

PROTOTYPE TECHNOLOGY GROUP BMW M3 TEAM - SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 1998 First Union Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International Raceway

MID-RACE UPDATE

ONE PTG BMW M3 RETIRES PREMATURELY, THE OTHER FALLS BEHIND The 12-race PTG BMW M3 winning streak appeared in jeopardy halfway through today's First Union Six Hours of The Glen, Round Five of the United States Road Racing Championship (USRRC) series, at Watkins Glen International Raceway. At the end of the first hour, the No. 6 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 coupe pitted for fresh Yokohama tires, fuel and a driver change from starter Marc Duez to Ross Bentley. But the refueling inlet malfunctioned and the Bentley rejoined the race three laps off the pace. An hour later, the No. 10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four-door, with Mark Simo driving, experienced mechanical trouble on course and was forced to retire from the race. By the race's mid-point, the No. 6 PTG BMW M3 was running in third place behind the Nos. 22 and 23 Porsche 911s of Alex Job Racing. Bentley entered the race with a 15-point lead in the USRRC GT3 driver's point standings, revised from the five-point lead originally reported by the USRRC.

USRRC NOT RECOGNIZING SEASON-LONG CHAMPIONSHIPS TODAY Contrary to USRRC press reports leading up to this weekend's racing here at Watkins Glen, the sanctioning body announced today that it will not be recognizing this race as its season finale an will not be awarding driver's, manufacturer's or team championships today due to the potential of another race being added to the schedule. That race would be the October 25 Laguna Seca event that 10 days ago was announced as a Professional Sports Car Racing-sanctioned race. Further details will be reported as they develop.

TOM MILNER, PTG Team Owner - "Not that we're superstitious, but you had to wonder what kind of day we were going to have when we tried to win our 13th race in a row. It's disappointing to lose our No. 10 BMW M3. And we've got our work cut out for us trying to fight our way back to the top in the No. 6 BMW M3. But we're going to give it our best shot."

BILL AUBERLEN, #10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "All good streaks must come to an end, I guess. Now we'll just sit back and root the other on. There's plenty of racing left for them. The good thing is, if this turns ou to be our last USRRC race, Ross drove the required 90 minutes already and is the GT3 driver's champion."

MARK SIMO, #10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 Four-Door - "Everything was looking really good. We had a comfortable lead. I was going down the front straight and by the time I got to the first corner, I lost all my rpm. The engine started to smoke, so I shut it off. We're not sure what happened, but all I do know is that we're through for the day. It's a shame because we were doing so well."

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Series GT
Drivers Ross Bentley , Marc Duez , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing