BMW Team RLL Qualifies 5th and 8th for ALMS Monterey

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – May 10, 2013… BMW Team RLL will start in the fifth and eighth posi­tions in tomorrow’s four-hour Amer­ican Le Mans Monterey race at Laguna Seca, the third round of the 2013 Amer­ican Le Mans Series.

Maxime Martin, driving the No. 55 Z4 GTE, set his quickest time in this afternoon’s 15-minute qual­i­fying session on his seventh lap of the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit. His lap of 1:22.990 minutes was only 0.258 seconds from the class pole time. Class co-leaders in Driver point stand­ings, Martin and co-driver Bill Auberlen are looking for a second consec­u­tive ALMS victory in tomorrow’s four-hour race.

Dirk Müller qual­i­fied the No. 56 Z4 GTE and his fast lap of 1:23.406 minutes will see him and co-driver John Edwards start eighth. Edwards is substi­tuting for Joey Hand this weekend and last drove for BMW Team RLL in the season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring.

The first two races of the debut season of the BMW Z4 GTE have been strong ones for BMW Team RLL, with fourth and seventh place finishes at the 12 Hours of Sebring and, thanks to excel­lent strategy, an outstanding 1 – 2 finish at Long Beach. BMW stands second in GT class manu­fac­turer points. With the win at Long Beach in the No. 55 Z4 GTE, Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin stand in a tie atop the Driver points.

Maxime Martin, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (5th) — “I had a few mistakes today, but we are defi­nitely compet­i­tive — less than three-tenths from the pole. Every track is new to me, but with Bill’s help I have been able to be a quick learner.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE – (8th) – “We really looked good in today’s two prac­tice sessions, but perhaps we were just too conser­v­a­tive in qual­i­fying. I certainly don’t like to be P8, but I know the No. 56 machine is ready to race tomorrow.”

Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. The race will be shown live starting at 6:15 p.m. EDT/3:15p.m. PDT on ESPN3 with the race start set for 6:30 p.m. EDT/3:30 p.m. PDT. ALMS.com will stream in-car video throughout the race and the full live feed for inter­na­tional views. ESPN’s two-hour summary of the Amer­ican Le Mans Monterey is set to be broad­cast at 4 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 12.

More infor­ma­tion on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.alms.com.

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, 117 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.

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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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