BMW Team RLL Qualifies 7th and 9th at Road America

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 10, 2013 … BMW Team RLL will start Sunday’s Amer­ican Le Mans Series Orion Energy Systems 245 from the seventh and ninth posi­tions in the GT class.

Bill Auberlen qual­i­fied the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE seventh with a 2:04.609 minute lap around the 4.448-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit. He will co-drive with Maxime Martin in tomorrow’s 2.45-hour contest. John Edwards qual­i­fied the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE ninth with a 2:04.630 minute lap. He will co-drive with Dirk Müller, the GT class point leader.

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (7th) – “Our team has over­achieved in the short races this season, but as evidenced in Mosport and now Road America we just don’t have the top speed to compete on the long straights. You can see the compe­ti­tion come from 30 car lengths back and just roll on by.”

John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE – (9th) – “We went a bit quicker than yesterday’s prac­tice session, but we did not have another 1.2 seconds it would have taken to compete for the pole with the Viper. The cham­pi­onship battle is still with Corvette so that will still be our focus tomorrow.”

Qual­i­fying and live streaming of the race can be found on ESPN3.com. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. The Orion Energy Systems 245 is sched­uled to be broad­cast on ABC tele­vi­sion at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 11th. ALMS.com will stream in-car footage throughout the race and the full live feed for inter­na­tional views. 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, 119 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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Jour­nalist note: Infor­ma­tion about BMW Group and its prod­ucts in the USA is avail­able to jour­nal­ists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.

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