BMW Team RLL — Road America ALMS Qualifying

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – August 17, 2012… BMW Team RLL qual­i­fied its two BMW M3 GT racing cars in the fourth and seventh starting posi­tions for tomorrow’s four-hour Amer­ican Le Mans Series Road America Road Race Show­case. The defending ALMS GT class cham­pions have taken the race win at the classic Road America circuit twice in the past three seasons.
 
Bill Auberlen qual­i­fied the No. 55 M3 GT fourth with a time of 2:04.913 minutes around the 4.048-mile Road America circuit, .498 seconds from the pole­sitter. Auberlen and his co-driver Jörg Müller finished third at the most recent ALMS race at Mid-Ohio and stand sixth in GT class driver points.
 
Dirk Müller will share the No. 56 M3 GT with Jonathan Summerton in tomorrow’s race as Joey Hand is racing in Germany with BMW’s DTM program. Müller, last year’s pole­sitter at this race, qual­i­fied the car in the seventh starting spot with a time of 2:05.098 minutes. Müller and Hand stand second in GT driver points.
 
Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT – “This morning in Prac­tice, we were quite far down in the field, but our engi­neers came up with a setup that at least puts us up in the second row. We are in the hunt. We split the Corvettes and have some others ahead that we will try to dispatch. We qual­i­fied on a harder-compound set of Dunlops and we are hoping that will pay divi­dends in the race.”
 
Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 M3 GT – “We have been running behind all week. I cannot believe how much we came back from the second prac­tice, but we are not quite there yet.”
 
The Road America Road Race Show­case will take the green flag at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 18th. Live streaming coverage is avail­able starting at 3:45 p.m. ET on ESPN3.com. ESPN2 will broad­cast the race at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 19th.

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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