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 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, 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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