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BMW Team RLL Disappointed at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen; Edwards and Müller Finish 6th, Auberlen and Priaulx 10th

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – June 29, 2014 … The begin­ning of BMW Team RLL’s Sahlen’s Six Hour of the Glen story was better than the ending, as the team was unable to capi­talize on its excel­lent starting posi­tions (first and third) at Watkins Glen Inter­na­tional Raceway. The day of struggle ulti­mately ended with sixth and tenth place finishes.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies First and Third for Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen; Andy Priaulx Scores Pole, Dirk Müller Third

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – June 28, 2014 … BMW Team RLL posted a season’s best qual­i­fying effort in prepa­ra­tion for tomorrow’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen endurance race at Watkins Glen Inter­na­tional. The two BMW Z4 GTLM racing cars will start from the first and third GTLM class posi­tions in tomorrow’s race, the fifth round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies 2nd and 5th at Laguna Seca

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – May 3, 2014 … BMW Team RLL’s two Z4 GTLM racing cars will start from the second and fifth posi­tions in tomorrow’s two-hour Monterey Grand Prix, the fourth round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

John Edwards and Andy Priaulx were two of the five drivers in today’s 15-minute qual­i­fying session to break into the 1:22 minute bracket around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit.

John Edwards placed the No. 56 Z4 on the outside of the GTLM class front row – only .205 seconds from the pole sitter — with a time of 1:22.578 minutes. Edwards and co-driver Dirk Müller currently stand fourth in driver points following their first podium finish of the year – second – at the Sports Car Show­case at Long Beach race on April 12th.

Triple World Cham­pion Andy Priaulx, in only his first day driving Laguna Seca, qual­i­fied the No. 55 Z4 fifth with a time of 1:22.810 minutes. Priaulx and co-driver Bill Auberlen currently lead GTLM driver points following podium finishes at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. They finished sixth at Long Beach.

John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – (2nd) – “Today was really a good day at the office for me. I had a pole and win in GS and we were quickest in the number 56 in both the prac­tices. I wanted another pole which would have put me in P1 in every session. With a front row start you can’t be too disap­pointed, but it really felt like a pole run. It wasn’t meant to be, but tomorrow is the one that counts. The race is a whole different animal and it is going to be a tough battle. Hope­fully we can race it out among ourselves, unlike Long Beach where we had some Proto­types in the mix. It is only a two hour race. We saw Long Beach went green all the way, so every second is going to count tomorrow.”

Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – (5th) – “I am happy with my perfor­mance consid­ering it is my first time here. I would like to have been a bit higher up, but we didn’t have every­thing spot on. Also we got very little running today with all the traffic of four classes prac­ticing together.  Qual­i­fying is impor­tant, but we still have a two hour race ahead of us and I am happy we are in a strong posi­tion for that. As for the track itself, it is awesome and lives up to its reputation.”

The two-hour Monterey Grand Prix will take the green flag at 5:45 p.m. ET Sunday, May 4th. The race will be broad­cast live on Fox Sports 1 with coverage begin­ning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More infor­ma­tion on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.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 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motor­cycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 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.

Infor­ma­tion about BMW Group prod­ucts is avail­able to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwgroupna.com

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 30 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.

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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BMW Team RLL – Monterey Grand Prix Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – April 30, 2014 … BMW Team RLL brings its two BMW Z4 GTLM racing cars and the lead in the class Team and Driver cham­pi­onships to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Round 4 of the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Cham­pi­onship on May 4, 2014. Following the team’s third consec­u­tive podium – a second place finish at Long Beach by the No. 56 car of John Edwards and Dirk Müller – all BMW Team RLL drivers stand in the top-five with Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx leading the driver points and Edwards and Müller only 6 points back in fourth.

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BMW Team RLL Qualifies Second and Third at Long Beach

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – April 11, 2014 … BMW Team RLL equaled its best qual­i­fying effort of the young 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Series by placing its BMW Z4 GTLM machines in the second and third starting posi­tions for tomorrow’s Sports Car Show­case at Long Beach race.

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BMW Team RLL – Sports Car Showcase At Long Beach Preview

Wood­cliff   Lake, N.J. – April 7th, 2014 … BMW Team RLL arrives at the Sports Car Show­case At Long Beach leading both the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship GTLM Team and Driver stand­ings after podium finishes at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. A second place finish at Daytona was followed by a third at Sebring for the No. 55 BMW Z4 to lead the team stand­ings. Drivers Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx share the lead in driver points.

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BMW Team RLL Finishes 3rd and 10th at the12 Hours of Sebring; No. 55 Z4 GTLM Drivers Move into Championship Points Lead

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 15, 2014 … Second race, second podium: BMW Team RLL finished third and tenth in today’s 12 Hours of Sebring. Victo­rious twice before at the classic sports car racing endurance event (2011 and 2012), the 62nd edition of the longest half-day in motor­sport relin­quished only a third place finish to the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM for the team’s second consec­u­tive podium of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship. The result moves Bill Auberlen, Joey Hand and Andy Priaulx to the top of the Driver point standings.

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