BMW Team RLL — Virginia International Raceway Qualifying

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – September 14, 2012… BMW Team RLL drivers Dirk Müller and Bill Auberlen ended today’s qual­i­fying session for the four-hour Amer­ican Le Mans Series VIR240 with mixed results.
 
Müller, driving the No. 56 M3 GT, posted the second fastest time in the 15-minute session, only .371 seconds from the GT class pole. His fastest lap — 1:46.359 minutes — was set on his fourth lap of the 3.27-mile circuit. Jonathan Summerton, who is substi­tuting for Joey Hand this weekend, will co-drive with Müller.
 
Since the fourth round of the season, the No. 55 M3 GT has been setting the qual­i­fying pace for the team, but today was different. Auberlen strug­gled with grip throughout the session. His third lap time of 1:46.680 minutes was his best, .692 seconds from the pole, but it was only good enough for the seventh starting posi­tion. He will co-drive with Jörg Müller.
 
With two wins and an addi­tional four podium finishes in the first eight races of the season, Dirk Müller stands third in driver points. Joey Hand stands fourth. Bill Auberlen and Jörg Müller are seventh.
 
Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 M3 GT – (second) -“In today’s second prac­tice we were not as good as we should be, but Chris (Yancher) and the guys made changes that gave me a great car for qual­i­fying. The car was perfect up through the esses and that is crit­ical to a fast lap here. I know Scott is watching and I hope we can do even better tomorrow.”
 
Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 M3 GT – (seventh) – “We have been strug­gling since we unloaded which is very unchar­ac­ter­istic of the No. 55 car of late. I believe we can race better than we qual­i­fied, but I’m sure we will be making quite a few changes this evening.”
 
The VIR 240 race will take the green flag at 2:30 p.m. ET tomorrow with live streaming coverage avail­able on ESPN3.com starting at 2:15 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will broad­cast the race at 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept 16th.

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, 115 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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