BMW Team RLL — Mid-Ohio ALMS Qualifying

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – August 3, 2012… Jörg Müller qual­i­fied the No. 55 BMW Team RLL M3 GT on the class pole for tomorrow’s Mid-Ohio Sports Car Chal­lenge. His time of 1:19.298 minutes around the 2.25-mile, 13-turn road course bested the compet­i­tive 12-car GT field in a 15-minute qual­i­fying session that saw the first eight cars in the class post times less than one second off Müller’s pole time. Müller will co-drive with Bill Auberlen. Auberlen scored the first pole of the season for the No. 55 M3 GT at Lime Rock Park on July 6.
 
Only .456 seconds off the pole, Joey Hand qual­i­fied the No. 56 M3 GT in the seventh starting posi­tion with a time of 1:19.754 minutes. Hand will co-drive with Dirk Müller.
 
“I am very pleased for Jörg and Bill,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “They have been our hard luck pair this year. I felt bad for Joey. He was not too happy with his car, but he is not that far off. We tested here a month ago and hope­fully that will benefit us tomorrow when it counts.”

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 Müller stand sixth.
 
Jörg Müller, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “Our cham­pi­onship is so tough and so close — espe­cially at the top of the GT class — that we needed to have every­thing perfect for this one lap. I am very happy. The crew did a bril­liant job and our Dunlop tires were fantastic. The qual­i­fying posi­tion is impor­tant but the race result is the most impor­tant. We have had the pole before let’s see what happens. The car needs to be consis­tent for the dura­tion of the race. I am confi­dent we will have the speed.”
 
Joey Hand, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “From prac­tice to qual­i­fying we had an entirely different car. Some­thing changed and we are going to look into it. For now I’m confused. It was very loose. Our other car is on the pole so it’s a matter of figuring what changed. We will fix it and fight our way back to the front.”
 
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.

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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