Press Release: The two BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3 GTs will start tomorrow’s American Le Mans Series Mid-Ohio Sports Car challenge from the fifth and seventh spots on the GT grid.
Joey Hand drove the No. 90 M3 GT to the fifth starting position on his third lap of the 20-minute session. His 1:20.267 minute lap around the 2.258-mile circuit was only .585 seconds behind the class polesitter.
In his second qualifying session of the season, Tommy Milner drove the No. 92 M3 GT to a 1:20.548 minute lap. His second lap was his quickest of the session.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge begins a grueling month of American Le Mans Series competition for the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team. Facing Mid-Ohio, Road America, and Mosport International Raceway, the next four weeks may well determine who wins the ALMS GT championship.
Following BMW’s second double-podium finish of the season at Lime Rock Park on July 24 (reaching seven podium finishes for the season) BMW is only one point shy of the Manufacturer Points lead. Co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Tommy Milner (No. 92) are second in Driver Points, while Joey Hand and Dirk Müller (No. 90) are in a four-way tie for third.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. Saturday. The race will be broadcast live on the Internet and then one week later on CBS television, at 12:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, August 15th.