announces 4-car assault Formula BMW
March 26, 2004
Tom Milner, owner of Prototype Technology Group, announced today a four-car
program for the inaugural 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship. Based in
Winchester, Va. the team boasts two of the six 2004 Formula BMW USA scholarship
winners, Milner's 18-year old son, Tom Milner, of Leesburg, Va. and Billy
Johnson, 17, of San Clemente, Calif. Tom Sutherland, 15, of Los Gatos, Calif.
will drive a third BMW FB2. Team PTG is in the process of finalizing a fourth
"Formula BMW USA was something of great interest in our house after the
announcement at the USGP last September," said Milner. "My son Tom began racing
karts in 1999 and had gone to two racing schools last year. His birthday present
this year was the trip to Valencia for the licensing and scholarship program in
January. I was delighted he had been awarded a scholarship so it appears we have
a driver in the family."
"Tom and Billy got to know each other in Valencia and, in fact, shared a car for
some of the time," continued Milner. "They got along quite well and have shown
me that they can act as teammates. That is fundamental to any team's success and
something a team owner looks for."
All three new drivers became serious about karting some three years ago with
Johnson realizing the most success to date. He was the 2003 Grand National
Champion in the Super Stock CR125 shifter class and a Red Bull Stage-3
"I'm very excited to be racing Formula BMW USA this year," said Johnson. The FB2
is great to drive and to be racing in front of F1 and Champ Car team owners is
fantastic. I'm especially looking forward to be racing at Indy in front of
thousands of enthusiastic fans. I'm thankful to PTG for giving me a fantastic
opportunity. I can't think of a better scenario to be in for my first season in
Sutherland echoes Johnson's sentiments. "I feel this is an incredible
opportunity to be one of the youngest race car drivers in the U.S", said the
high school freshman. "Most other 15 year olds get excited about new video
games, but to be driving a Formula BMW is beyond exciting."
"Racing with F1 and Champ Car at some of the most famous tracks in North America
is very special," said the young Tom Milner. "I have grown up around PTG and BMW
and to be racing for both gives me a lot of confidence. I had a great time in
Valencia and I got to see where I stood with other young guys at a similar point
in their careers. Winning the scholarship doesn't mean the season will be easy.
There will be very strong competition." Team PTG has a very long history with
BMW, as they have been BMW of North America's exclusively supported M3 racing
team for the past nine years. Since 1995 Team PTG has won four sports car
manufacturer championships for BMW, four team titles and three driver
Although open-wheel racing is a departure for Team PTG it is a homecoming of
sorts for owner Milner. The 30-year sports car racing veteran began his career
managing teams that included a partnership with Bill Scott Racing that produced
10 Formula Vee, Super Vee and Formula Ford championships from 1967 to 1984.
Drivers who have raced for Tom Milner and PTG include Bobby Rahal, Paul Newman,
Rick Mears, Pete Halsmer, Scott Goodyear, Arie Luyendyk and Scott Sharp.
The team's first test will be at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.
on April 12 and 13. The opening round of the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship
will be on May 27-31 at Lime Rock Park, Conn.
More information on Team PTG and the 2004 Formula BMW USA Championship can be
found at www.ptgracing.com and www.bmwusa.com/formulabmwusa.com.
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