PTG BMW M3s EYE MILESTONE 'DOUBLE-DOUBLE' AT SEBRING SATURDAY The Winchester, Va.-based Prototype Technology Group (PTG) BMW M3 team opens defense of its Professional Sports Car Racing GT-3 team, manufacturer and drivers championships Saturday,...
PTG BMW M3s EYE MILESTONE 'DOUBLE-DOUBLE' AT SEBRING SATURDAY The Winchester, Va.-based Prototype Technology Group (PTG) BMW M3 team opens defense of its Professional Sports Car Racing GT-3 team, manufacturer and drivers championships Saturday, starting 1-2 on the GT-3 grid for Saturday's Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring once-around-the-clock endurance event. Defending GT-3 driver champion Bill Auberlen will start in the #10 Yokohama/Fina BMW M3 four door from the pole, having qualified in a track record 2 minutes, 13.926 seconds (101.02 mph) over the 3.75-mile Sebring road course. He'll share driving duties with fellow Southern Californian Boris Said. Peter Cunningham will start the #6 Yokohama/Fina coupe from the second spot on the GT-3 grid, having qualified in 2:14.923 (100.27 mph). Cunningham will be joined by Ross Bentley of Vancouver, B.C., Canada, and Mark Simo, of Carlsbad, Calif. PTG's third BMW M3 this weekend, the #1 four door customer car entry featuring Les Delano, Andy Petery, Craig Carter and female Italian driver Giovanna Amati, will start 11th on the GT-3 grid. In ninth position was the #54 privateer BMW M3 entry of Joe Varde, Scott Newman, Terry Borcheller and Carlos DeQuesada.
PTG TEAM OWNER TOM MILNER on Saturday's race: "Despite the way the schedule has wreaked havoc with the schedule the latter part of the week, everything has been going according to schedule for us here at Sebring. From the moment we pulled the M3s out of the rig for two days of testing on Monday, they have been working beautifully, and the drivers and crew have done a wonderful job in every respect. We have had no major problems - I don't know if that's good or bad! - and that's the way it will have to be during the race. We're going to just go out there, do what we do best, and hope to end up in the history books as winners at both Daytona and Sebring two years in a row. That's quite an achievement. I have my fingers crossed that luck will be on our side."
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES - CORRECTION It was reported Thursday (3/19) that since their 18-lap victory in the GT-3 class at Daytona last month, rules makers have added 25 kilos (55 pounds) to the BMW M3s, bringing their total weight to 2,585 pounds, as well as requiring the M3s to run on rear tires that are 2 inches narrower, and lowering their maximum revs from 8,500 to 8,250 rpm. The two-inch narrower rear tires (compared to the rest of the GT-3 field) are not the result of rule changes.
PROUD NEW SPONSOR Bruce Miller, a Victory Circle level member of the Maryland/Washington, D.C. area chapter of the BMW Car Club of America, recently made a sizeable personal contribution to the efforts of the PTG BMW M3 team. "He's a big fan," said PTG team owner Tom Milner. "He's come to a lot of our races and felt he really wanted to do something to help the cause. I told him that he really didn't have to, that being a proud fan of BMW Motorsports was plenty. But the next thing you know we receive a check in the mail. That's a very nice gesture, and we thank Bruce for his generosity."
PTG'S RESIDENT CELEBRITY SPOKESMODEL ... SORT OF Bill Cobb, a member of the PTG BMW M3 crew, recently proposed to BMW North America headquarters that his extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of BMW automobiles could be put to good use on the national auto show circuit. The company took him up on his offer. So between stops on the Sports Car circuit with PTG, Cobb spiffs up for the auto show lights, grabs a microphone, and goes to work. "I may not look like a model, but I sure know what I'm talking about," Cobb said.
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