Friday saw the Rahal Letterman BMW M3s running strong and very comfortable with set up, but such as it is with racing, the weather had something to say. After final practice on Friday the heavens opened over Road America, changing the track surface for the weekend. Saturday saw some loss in pace and drivers somewhat frustrated with wet weather performance. While still very quick, the team managed to secure 4th and 8th for Sunday ‘s race. If Lime Rock is indicative of anything, its that this team doesn ‘t quit- with a dual podium finish from qualifying 9th and 13th. We ‘re confident the team is well positioned for victory at the historic Road America circuit.
Official Qualifying Report: BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team Road America
22.08.2010 Press Release
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – August 21, 2010…Today Joey Hand and Tommy Milner qualified the BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team M3 GTs fourth and eighth in the highly competitive GT field for tomorrow’s American Le Mans Series race at Road America. Hand was the quickest of the teammates, driving the No. 90 M3 GT to the fourth spot with a 2:07.222 minute lap around the 4.0-mile, 14-turn circuit. Milner was just one-half second behind in the No. 92 M3 GT with a lap of 2:07.716.
The qualifying session was interrupted by a red flag just before the mid-point, significantly reducing the 20-minute session. When the green flag waved again, both M3s ran their two quickest laps of the weekend, but ran out of time to make further improvements.
The BMW M3 GT is the only competitor in the ultra-competitive GT class to have reached the podium in all six races this season, and the Team stands tied for the lead in Manufacturer and Team points.
No. 92 M3 GT drivers Bill Auberlen and Tommy Milner stand third in Driver points, only failing to reach the podium once in the first six races of the season. Joey Hand and Dirk Müller, in the No. 90 M3 GT, are fourth in Driver points, with three podium finishes to-date.
The race will be televised live on SPEED beginning at 3 p.m. ET.