BMW Team RLL Finishes 7th and 8th at Road America

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 11, 2013 … BMW Team RLL suffered its second consec­u­tive uncom­pet­i­tive race, finishing seventh and eighth in today’s 2.45-hour Amer­ican Le Mans Series Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin finished seventh in the No. 55 Z4 GTE after starting from the seventh grid posi­tion. John Edwards and Dirk Müller started from the ninth spot and finished eighth in the No. 56 machine. The result dropped Müller from the lead to a three-way tie for second place in the driver’s championship.

Today’s finish was disap­pointing for BMW Team RLL following fifth and sixth place finishes in the last round at Cana­dian Tire Motor­sport Park (formally Mosport) and having won the GT class at Road America in three of the previous four ALMS seasons.

We made a partic­u­larly good call to get the No. 56 on dry tires as soon as we could,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “It gained us the lead, but as the track dried and the speeds picked up, great strategy was no substi­tute for a 10 kph top speed disad­van­tage. As much as Road America is my favorite race­track, I’m looking forward to tracks with shorter straights.”

Yesterday we saw BMW teams in close battles with our competi­tors within the different GRAND-AM fields,” said Gordon McDon­nell, BMWNA Motor­sport Manager. “Unfor­tu­nately, today, just as we saw in Canada, BMW Team RLL strug­gled to keep up with the compe­ti­tion. It is partic­u­larly diffi­cult to again face a result so short of our team’s poten­tial, given our horse­power deficit to the rest of the GT field.”

Round Seven of the 2013 ALMS season, the 2.45-hour Balti­more Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, August 31th in the city streets of Balti­more, Mary­land. The race will be broad­cast on ABC tele­vi­sion at 12:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 1.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distrib­uting vehi­cles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and finan­cial service orga­ni­za­tions for the BMW brand of motor vehi­cles, including motor­cy­cles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Design­work­sUSA, a strategic design consul­tancy in Cali­fornia; a tech­nology office in Silicon Valley and various other oper­a­tions throughout the country.  BMW Manu­fac­turing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manu­fac­turing network and is the exclu­sive manu­fac­turing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehi­cles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales orga­ni­za­tion is repre­sented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motor­cycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales head­quar­ters for North America, is located in Wood­cliff Lake, New Jersey.

Infor­ma­tion about BMW Group prod­ucts is avail­able to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwgroupna.com

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, has been competing for over two decades, compiling 28 victo­ries, 42 poles and three series cham­pi­onships (1992, 2010, 2011) as well as claiming an Indi­anapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series. In 2010 the team won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT cate­gory. In 2011 the team swept all three GT titles — Manu­fac­turer, Team and Driver.

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Jour­nalist note: Photog­raphy for edito­rial purposes as well as infor­ma­tion about BMW Group and its prod­ucts in the USA is avail­able to jour­nal­ists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.

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