BMW Team RLL – Mosport ALMS – Qualifying

Woodcliff Lake
, N.J.
– July 21, 2012… BMW Team RLL will start in the third and sixth GT class positions in tomorrow’s 2.45-hour American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Mosport.

With a lap of 1.16.011 minutes around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit, Bill Auberlen qualified the No. 55 BMW M3 GT third, only .533 seconds off the class pole time. He will co-drive with Jörg Müller. Dirk Müller qualified the No. 56 BMW M3 GT sixth, .387 seconds behind his teammate, with a time of 1:16.398 minutes. He will co-drive with Joey Hand.

Now at the mid-point of the 2012 ALMS season, BMW stands second in manufacturer points, trailing Chevrolet by 10 points. BMW Team RLL is second in ALMS team points. Joey Hand and Dirk Müller are third in driver points. Teammates Bill Auberlen and Jörg Müller stand sixth.

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT“The guys have done an amazing job. Dunlop has given us tires that are very secure. I'm so happy with how much grip this car is making. I think the series has us over-restricted a little bit. They have us on smaller restrictor than the competition and we lack straight line speed. Tomorrow we will need the right strategy and perfect pit work.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 M3 GT  “We are definitely not the fastest on the straight so we knew we couldn't fight for the pole. On my second flying lap I caught a little traffic, but I'm not complaining because that can happen. I could have had another tenth without the traffic there, which would have brought me to P5. How we prepared our car was different than the 55. We optimized our car for the race instead of qualifying and we were expecting a much bigger gap but it's very close.”

The Grand Prix of Mosport race will take the green flag at 12:00 p.m. ET tomorrow. ESPN2 will air the race same-day beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET. Live streaming coverage is available starting at 11:45 a.m. ET on

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


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, 113 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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