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    Just read this over on the SPEED board

    PTG has two cars on the Daytona 24 Hour entry list:


    <a href="http://www.grandamerican.com/competition/Competition%20PDF/GArolexCarNo.PDF">http://www.grandamerican.com/competition/Competition%20PDF/GArolexCarNo.PDF</a>

    Any one have any additional information?

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    Re: Just read this over on the SPEED board

    Apparently there is a report, in a recent Autosport, that PTG is considering a move away from the SWC.

    2002 AW/IR M3/SMG

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    thanks for the link SMT. I hope that PTG doesn\'t

    run GARRA or GAC exclusively. That would be a real shame. It is my hope that they will continue in the SWC. ALMS would be my second choice with GARRA/GAC a distant third...

    at least they are running the "right" number at Daytona, 22! They aren't very good about returning email. Have you heard anything more re: the winter open house?

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    thanks to e30M3David for some answers

    though not what I was personally looking for:

    <b>BMW TEAM PTG M3s TO RACE FOR 2004 ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES GT
    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December, 19, 2003 ... BMW Team PTG today
    announced its
    entry of two GT class BMW M3s in the 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series of
    the
    Grand American Road Racing Association. Racing for BMW of North
    America,
    LLC, BMW Team PTG is one of North America's premiere sports car racing
    teams
    and has raced the BMW M3 exclusively since 1995. Having delivered
    eleven
    championships in the past nine years, this coming season will mark the
    debut
    of Team PTG in the Rolex Series. Constructed and prepared in-house at
    PTG's
    Winchester, Va. headquarters, the first M3 is planned to run at the
    January
    3-5 test at Daytona International Speedway with a second M3 to be
    built.

    "We are always looking for new challenges and to see where we can
    showcase
    the BMW M3," said Team PTG owner, Tom Milner. "PTG's roots are in
    endurance
    racing and we have seen our greatest success in the long distance
    races.
    Some of the tracks we will see next season will be familiar and a few
    will
    be new to us, but we look forward to getting back to what BMW Team PTG
    does
    best." From its trademark front kidney grilles to the slight
    rear-to-front
    raked stance that identifies a well-balanced rear wheel drive chassis,
    the
    Team PTG M3s will still rely on the very fine road car that is the BMW
    M3.
    By the time of the 42nd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end
    of
    January every part will have been tested and optimized to enhance the
    M3s
    performance for the rigors of endurance racing.

    First proven in sprint racing competition last year, the Team PTG M3s
    will
    be powered by BMW's newest generation 3.2-liter inline, six-cylinder
    S54
    power plant. The same engine as in the production M3, the Team
    PTG-modified
    version will pump out some 420 horsepower - almost 100 more than the
    333
    horsepower in the road car. A carbon-fiber body panel and aerodynamic
    package will reduce the M3's weight to 2600 pounds and enhance the M3's
    handling and braking qualities.
    Long time BMW Team PTG drivers Bill Auberlen and Boris Said will return
    to
    anchor the effort. Team PTG member Justin Marks will also return and be
    joined by Joey Hand. Hand, the 2001 Toyota Formula Atlantic Rookie of
    the
    Year, tested with PTG and was a member of Team PTG's 12 Hours of
    Sebring
    effort that same year.

    "Endurance racing is a great test of both man and machine...", said
    Hernando
    Carvajal, BMW of North America, LLC, M Brand and Motorsport Manager.
    "and
    the Rolex Series is the highest mountain we can climb when you look at
    the
    distances of the 12 scheduled races in 2004." The Rolex Series'
    opening
    race is its most famous and toughest and the BMW Team PTG M3s have a
    very
    good record at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, having won the endurance
    classic
    twice in five attempts.

    The Team PTG BMW M3 effort had its very first taste of competition at
    the
    1995 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Dieter Quester qualified on the class pole,
    but
    was forced to retire from the race. In 1996, David Donohue claimed the
    M3's
    second consecutive class pole and qualified next to teammate Peter
    Halsmer
    for an all M3 GTS-2 front row. Donohue, Javier Quiros, John Paul Jr.
    and
    Halsmer ultimately finished third in class and ninth overall. In its
    finest
    two years of competition, during which the team won a total of 24
    races, BMW
    Team PTG won the GTS-3 class in 1997 and the GT3 class in 1998. Both
    Auberlen and Said were part of the winning driving team in those years.
    The
    last year that BMW Team PTG participated in the Rolex 24 at Daytona was
    1999.

    Prior to the BMW Team PTG effort, BMW had a GTO class victory in 1981
    with
    an M1 driven by Hans Stuck, Walter Brun and Rudi Walch. BMW's sole
    overall
    Rolex 24 victory came in 1976 with the CSL of Brian Redman and Peter
    Gregg.
    BMW Team PTG will start the season at the Rolex 24 test days at the
    Daytona
    International Speedway on January 3-5. Practice for the
    twice-around-the-clock classic will begin on January 29, 2004.
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    Re: thanks for the link SMT. I hope that PTG doesn\'t

    One can thank SCCA and Mitch Wright for their idiotic weight penalties last year. I believe that Tom Milner was incensed by the way he was treated, thus motivating the change to Grand Am. It's not ALMS, but I think they will find a more professional organization than SCCA. ANd the car should be competitive in GT. Remember last year Brian Cunningham was giving the 360 Ferrari and 911 GT3s fits with a 5 year old E36 M3. Roll on, Daytona!

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