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BMW Team RLL Victory at Long Beach; Auberlen and Werner Win From Pole, Edwards and Luhr Finish Fifth

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – April 18, 2015… Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, driving the No. 25 BMW Team RLL Z4, drove to a dramatic GTLM class victory today at the Sports Car Show­case at Long Beach. The duo completed 76 laps of the 1.968-mile, 11-turn tempo­rary street circuit during the 100 minute race, finishing 2.9 seconds in front of the No. 62 Ferrari.

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Steak ‘n Shake Driver Rahal to Start 8th in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; Best Starting Position of 2015 Season

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Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

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NOTES/QUOTES — Saturday, April 18, 2015

 

STEAK ‘N SHAKE DRIVER RAHAL TO START EIGHTH IN THE TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH; BEST STARTING POSITION FOR 2015

POLE:             Helio Castron­eves    1:06.6294 / 106.331 mph       (Round 3; Group 1)

8th:                 Graham Rahal           1:07.1290 / 105.540 mph       (Round 2; Group 1) 

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Every­thing went pretty well in qual­i­fying; obvi­ously the Steak ‘n Shake car was pretty close. We missed a top-six spot in Round 2 to advance to Round 3 by less than one-tenth of a second; it’s a close field.  Obvi­ously we would like to start a little higher up. If we couldn’t be on pole we wanted to be the fastest Honda today and we came up just short.  The guys have been working awfully hard and I think this team is turning it around so hope­fully we can have a good day tomorrow. I think racing is typi­cally our thing versus qual­i­fying so starting eighth makes it a lot easier than where we have started.  I think it’s going to be an exciting race. For all the guys out here, I figured it would be pretty exciting to have the Maxim girls out here. It’s cool to have them on board. Biglari Hold­ings owns both Steak ‘n Shake and Maxim and it’s exciting to have them involved. It’s a new sponsor for Indy car racing. The fan support for Steak ‘n Shake in partic­ular has been absolutely incred­ible.  Keep those social media posts coming and go out and enjoy a Steakburger!”

  • FAST FACTS: Will be his ninth Champ or Indy car race here, 10th overall, and third with RLL.  In 2014, he finished seventh after strug­gling in prac­tice and qual­i­fying 23rd.   In 2013, he finished second after starting 11th.  In 2012, he qual­i­fied 15th for SCCGR, started 8th due to penal­ties to Chevy-powered teams, ran as high as fourth but finished 24th due to contact with Marco Andretti. In 2011, he qual­i­fied 16th for SCCGR and finished 13th.  In 2010 he started and finished 22nd for Sarah Fisher Racing after contact.  In 2009, he started seventh and finished 12th for NHLR. In 2008 he started ninth and had a podium in sight when he was along­side third place but contact during this pass led to a 13th place finish.  Started fifth in 2007 but the pit strategy of others and slow fuel flow related to teething prob­lems for the all-new Panoz Champ Car on two stops limited his finish to eighth place.  In the 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Series race here he started seventh and finished fifth.

3 POLES, 6 PODIUMS FOR RLL IN 15 INDY CAR RACES AT LONG BEACH: This will mark the fourth time for RLL to compete in the Indy car race at Long Beach since 2003 when Michel Jour­dain, Jr. won pole, led a race high 48 laps and was in the lead when his car stuck in gear on his final stop with seven laps to go and ulti­mately retired in 15th place.  In their 15 previous Indy car races in Long Beach, the team entered 26 cars for drivers such as Bobby Rahal (1992 – 1998), Mike Groff (1994), Raul Boesel (1995), Bryan Herta (1996 – 1999), Max Papis (1999 – 2001), Kenny Brack (2000 – 2001), Jimmy Vasser (2002), Jour­dain (2002 – 2003), Takuma Sato (2012), Graham Rahal (2013 – 2014),  James Jakes (2013) and Oriol Servia (2014).  In total, the team won three poles (Herta 1998, Vasser 2002, Jour­dain, Jr. 2003); made five front row starts including an all-Team Rahal front row in 1998 (2nd – Rahal 1998, Brack 2001); earned their best finish of second place four times (Rahal 1992 – 1993, Vasser 2002, G. Rahal 2013) and earned six podiums (3rd – Herta 1998 – 1999). Last year in Long Beach, Rahal finished seventh after strug­gles in prac­tice led to a 23rd place start. Oriol Servia qual­i­fied 12th but contact with Conway and Andretti broke two different front wings in the race and he soldiered on to finish 13th.

NEXT UP: Race day warm-up will take place tomorrow from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. PT. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be tele­vised live on NBCSN at 4:00 PM ET Sunday, April 19.

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NOTES/QUOTES — Friday, April 17, 2015

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BMW Team RLL — Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – April 13, 2015… BMW Team RLL carries the momentum of two fourth-place finishes for the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM car at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring and a second-place finish at Daytona for the No. 25 machine to the April 18th TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship Sports Car Show­case. As part of the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend, the race is the shortest of the year at only 100 minutes, and is held on the 1.968-mile, 11-turn tempo­rary street course — the site of the very first win for the BMW Z4 GTLM racing program in 2013.

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