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Old 02-25-2004, 04:46 PM   #1
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BMW PTG Heads To Grand Prix Of Miami With Renewed Determination

BMW TEAM PTG HEADS TO GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI WITH RENEWED DETERMINATION
02/25/2004

Winchester, VA - February 25, 2004 ... The second round of the ten-race 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway on February 28th provides a new start for BMW Team PTG as they race their two BMW M3s toward the GT class championship.
The disappointment of retiring both cars at Daytona behind them, BMW Team PTG heads to the 2.3-mile, 11-turn road course in Homestead, Fla. ready to prove themselves as champions that have delivered 14 North American sports car racing championships in nine years of campaigning the BMW M3.

"Our wounds from Daytona have healed and we are ready for battle," said BMW Team PTG owner Tom Milner. "You must go over every part of the car after that race, but we have tried to be extra careful as this is a long season and we need to have some good finishes. Both M3s have had their entire wiring harnesses replaced so we do not expect to experience the electrical problems we had at the 24-hour. We have even repainted both cars. It is a fresh start."

BMW Team PTG veterans Bill Auberlen and Boris Said will drive the No. 21 M3 while the No. 22 M3 will partner Justin Marks and Joey Hand.

"I always look forward to a race in Miami," said Auberlen. "Maybe it's the weather - maybe it is the surroundings that inspire me - I don't know. This year I'm doubly excited; as it will be my first time racing an M3 there. I know everyone at PTG has been working flat-out since Daytona and I hope Boris and I can reward their hard work with a good result."

BMW Team PTG has only visited the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course once before in 1998. Competing in the United States Road Racing Championship BMW Team PTG drivers Marc Duez and Ross Bentley finished only two car lengths ahead of teammates Boris Said and Mark Simo for a 1-2 BMW M3 GT3 class finish.

Practice sessions begin on Thursday, February 26 and continue on Friday with a single 15-minute qualifying session scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET. The 250-mile race is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 28 and will be held to a two-hour and 45-minute time limit. Speed Channel will televise the race on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, March 7 at 4 p.m. ET.
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