HILLIARD, Ohio (January 7, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Jeff Schaffner has returned to the team as senior assistant race engineer for their TUDOR United SportsCar Championship program. Schaffner has 15 years of professional racing experience and was most recently an engineer with Michael Shank Racing’s sports car team the past nine years. Prior to that, he was with Rahal Letterman Racing in 2005 after a four-year stint with Newman/Haas Racing, two of which were title-winning.
Munich (DE), 5th December 2014. An outlook with tradition: as it does every year, BMW Motorsport once again used its Season Review in Maisach (DE), near Munich (DE), to present the cornerstones of its programme for the coming season. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt introduced the plans for the DTM, the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in North America, the European Le Mans Series (ELMS), the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the BMW Motorsport Junior programme, and the promotion of privateer drivers and teams through the BMW Sports Trophy.
LEEDS, Ala. (November 10, 2014) – Graham Rahal completed a trouble-free day of testing today on the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course in preparation for the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season. He completed a total of 83 laps in what was his first time on track since the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Auto Club Speedway on August 30. It was also his first test with Eddie Jones as his race engineer.
HILLIARD, Ohio and BROWNSBURG, Ind. (November 6, 2014) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced three key engineering appointments today.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 22, 2014) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that ClearPlex®, makers of leading automotive glass protection film, have entered into a multi-year agreement as an associate sponsor of their Verizon IndyCar Series and Tudor United SportsCar programs. In addition, ClearPlex® was named the Official Windshield Protection of RLL, with their proprietary films to be installed on all team vehicles and transporters providing an instant proving ground.
Road Atlanta (US), 4th October 2014. A new era was ushered into America for the 2014 sports car racing season, as the American Le Mans Series and the GRAND-AM Series had been amalgamated into the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) – and BMW Motorsport and BMW of North America were ready for this new challenge with the BMW Z4 GTLM.
Road Atlanta (US), 4th October 2014. The inaugural season of the United SportsCar Championship (USCC) came to a close with a turbulent Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (US) on Saturday. BMW Team RLL’s Dirk Müller (DE), John Edwards (US) and Dirk Werner (DE) came seventh in the GTLM class with their number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM after 388 laps. The 11th round of the year was won by Porsche drivers Wolf Henzler (DE), Bryan Sellers (US) and Marco Holzer (DE).
Road Atlanta (US), 3rd October 2014. In the final qualifying of the 2014 United SportsCar Championship (USCC) season at Road Atlanta (US), BMW Team RLL qualified seventh and 11th for the GTLM grid. Driving the number 56 BMW Z4 GTLM, Dirk Müller (DE) recorded a personal best time of 1:19.143 minutes in the 15-minute session. This put the German, who will share driving duties with John Edwards (US) and Dirk Werner (DE) in Saturday’s race, in seventh.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 30, 2014 … BMW Team RLL will end the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season at this Saturday’s Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Georgia. In a departure from the previous year’s events, this year’s race will be run as a 10-hour race – not 1000 miles. BMW Team RLL will be racing to finish in a top-three position in the GTLM class Manufacturer championship as well as ending the season with all regular season drivers with a top-five place in Driver points.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 20, 2014 … BMW Team RLL finished sixth and seventh in today’s 2.75-hour Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas, the penultimate round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.