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jhm5
11-29-2005, 09:50 AM
BMW EXPANDS U.S. M3 RACING PROGRAM IN 2006
11/28/2005

Woodcliff Lake, NJ - November 28, 2005... BMW announced today an expansion of its very successful North American M3 racing program. Begun in 1995, BMW M3s have raced to more than 53 wins in 108 races entered, primarily as a result of the efforts of BMW NA-supported BMW Team PTG.
In 2006, two BMW Team PTG M3s will compete in the American Le Mans Series GT2 class, under the new S2 rules. BMW Team PTG competed in the American Le Mans Series from 1999 through 2001, as well as the 2003 Petit Le Mans. Every lap of BMW Team PTG's previous ALMS success came on Yokohama tires and that relationship will be renewed in 2006. In BMW's last full season of ALMS competition in 2001, BMW Team PTG won the Grand Prix of Portland and the Petit Le Mans as they combined with BMW Motorsport to dominate the GT class and sweep the Manufacturer, Team and Drivers titles.

All five of the BMW Team PTG M3s that combined to win 17 of 25 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series GT class races in the last two seasons, including the 2004 Manufacturer, Team and Driver Championships, have been sold to two private teams that will continue to race in that series. BMW Team PTG will provide technical support and BMW will enhance its privateer contingency program to support this effort. In 2005, more than $70K was awarded to privately entered BMW racers in the Rolex and Grand-Am Cup Series.

"In 2006, BMW fans will see more M3s racing in professional sports car championships than ever before," said Larry Koch, M Brand Manager for BMW. "With BMW Team PTG ensuring that "the car is the star" in the American Le Mans Series and four BMW Team PTG-supported privately entered M3s continuing BMW's success in the Rolex Sports Car Series we are anticipating another stellar racing season. In fact, our new approach has already delivered excellent results. In the final Rolex Series race in Mexico City the Sigalsport M3, supported by BMW Team PTG and BMW NA driver Bill Auberlen, took the GT class pole and finished second."

BMW Team PTG will begin testing its new ALMS M3s in January and drivers will be announced in the near future.

The Rolex Sports Car Series begins its 14-race season on January 28th with the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the American Le Mans Series starts its 10-race season at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 18th.

woodym3
11-29-2005, 10:57 AM
Bill Auberlen drove for Panoz in the ALMS and PTG in the Grand-Am series this past season. I wonder where he'll be in 2006?

The 2006 ALMS races within a reasonable drive would be Mid-Ohio May 20-21, Lime Rock Connecticut Jun 30-July 1, or the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta September 30.

Jenson Button
11-30-2005, 11:02 AM
If I remember correctly, BMW left ALMS because they could not compete with their I6 and were not allowed to run their V8. Now that the upcoming M3 will have a V8, will we see BMW run the car they wanted to before?

woodym3
12-02-2005, 09:22 AM
They'll be running the 6-cylinder in 2006. I'm guessing the E92 (2-door) V8 M3 will be the basis for their 2007 entry.

Alan
01-06-2006, 04:04 PM
Speaking of which - has anyone heard of a date for the usual winter pilgramage to PTG? IIRC it is usually early February.

1996 328ti
01-06-2006, 06:51 PM
Speaking of which - has anyone heard of a date for the usual winter pilgramage to PTG? IIRC it is usually early February.You don't get the monthly calendar updates? PTG is not hosting an open house this year because they had their 10th Anniversary open house at Summit.

Alan
01-09-2006, 01:18 PM
You don't get the monthly calendar updates? PTG is not hosting an open house this year because they had their 10th Anniversary open house at Summit.

I missed two updates due to a change in email accounts. Thanks for the info.

Alan

1996 328ti
01-09-2006, 01:25 PM
I missed two updates due to a change in email accounts. Thanks for the info.Please add you address to the calendar mailing list.
http://www.nccbmwcca.org/index.php?id=145,652,0,0,1,0

Alan
01-15-2006, 11:20 AM
Please add you address to the calendar mailing list.
http://www.nccbmwcca.org/index.php?id=145,652,0,0,1,0

Done!