BMW Team RLL — Mid-Ohio ALMS Preview

  
Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – August 1, 2012… The August 4th Mid-Ohio Sports Car Chal­lenge
is next on the 2012 Amer­ican Le Mans Series calendar for BMW Team RLL. Now standing second in the GT Class Manu­fac­turer point stand­ings, Mid-Ohio marks the begin­ning of the season half of the ALMS season for the 2010 and 2011 class cham­pions as well as a special home­coming for team prin­cipal Bobby Rahal who attended the very first sports car race at the circuit in 1962.
 
Following a streak of three consec­u­tive podium finishes in the first three races of the season, including a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring, BMW Team RLL had two diffi­cult races at Lime Rock Park and Mosport. Only fifth and sixth place finishes were netted at Lime Rock Park and the post race disqual­i­fi­ca­tion of the winner gave the team a third and seventh place finish at Mosport. Trailing Chevrolet by 13 points in Manu­fac­turer stand­ings and 18 points behind in the Team stand­ings, BMW Team RLL is looking for a strong result at Mid-Ohio to move closer to the top. Joey Hand and Dirk Müller stand third in driver points. Team­mates Bill Auberlen and Jörg M üller stand sixth.

 
“We had a very produc­tive test at Mid-Ohio about a month ago”, said Bobby Rahal, Team
Prin­cipal. “I’m hopeful that will give us the insight that we need to win. It’s a good track for the BMW M3 GT. We’ve shown in past years that we can manage the pace — just not for enough time. Hope­fully Dunlop and our team can produce a good handling car that will figure strongly in the race. Mid-Ohio is a handling course not a horse­power track like Mosport.  I feel confi­dent­that from a handling perspec­tive we’re better than anyone out there.” Commenting on the team he continued, “This is a mature team.  We’ve been racing a long time. We’ve seen it all. Some days you get a little good luck and some days you get a little bad luck, but you hate to rely on that. Frankly we got lucky in Mosport when the winner did not pass tech. All of our guys have been around and yes we have had some really tough races but I don’t see any hand wringing. We can win this cham­pi­onship. It’s still wide open. We closed in on the Corvette a little bit at Mosport. We’ll just keep our heads down and focus on what we can do to make our car better every lap.”
 
Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “Mid Ohio here we come. At Cana­dian Tire
Motor­sport Park we had a fast car, but we had a bit of drama. Now we’re all about fighting back. We tested at Mid-Ohio earlier this year and feel like we have a pretty good car, but the compe­ti­tion will continue to be extremely tough.”
  
Jörg Müller, driver No. 55 M3 GT –“After the bad result at Mosport I’m really looking
forward to the race in Mid-Ohio. Not only is it BMW Team RLL’s home track, but our test went very well. Mid-Ohio is a very nice circuit and it defi­nitely has a lot more possi­bil­i­ties to over­take than Mosport.”
  
Joey Hand, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “I like to drive Mid Ohio. Of all the tracks in the US
this one gives an advan­tage if you have the knowl­edge of the circuit and some tricks learned from expe­ri­ence. I lived in Ohio so in some ways it is my home track. We had a good test there a month ago and that’s always a good thing.“
 
Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “Mid-Ohio is like Lime Rock because there are
always a lot of fans, friends and family around. Our Dunlops always work well there and I am looking forward to put even more pres­sure on our compe­ti­tion and regain the lead in the cham­pi­onship.”

The 2.45-hour Mid-Ohio Sports Car Chal­lenge is the sixth round of the 2012 ALMS cham­pi­onship. The race will take the green flag at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 4th. ABC tele­vi­sion will air the race same-day begin­ning at 2:00 p.m. ET. Live streaming coverage is avail­able starting at 12:45 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com. The Series’ website offers addi­tional content such as live in-car cameras, and timing and scoring for all users around the world. Viewers outside the U.S. can watch all ALMS races live on ALMS.com.
 
About BMW Team RLL:

 
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, 114 MINI passenger car dealers, and 32 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.
 
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 nearly two decades, compiling 22 victo­ries, 31 poles and two series cham­pi­onships (1992, 2010) 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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