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BMW Celebrates 40th Anniversary of 1975 Sebring Victory With Original Team and Drivers: Commemorative Livery to Race on Both BMW Team RLL Machines

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – March 17, 2015… BMW Team RLL will entertain very special guests and race with a commemorative livery on both BMW Z4 GTLM machines at the 63rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 21st. The race marks the 40th anniversary of BMW’s first major sports car race victory in the US. Introduced last Friday evening by Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, at his BMW Legends dinner during the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, BMW Team RLL will run a special livery on its two BMW Z4 GTLM race cars to honor the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL, which introduced BMW Motorsport GmbH to the US four decades ago.

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Rahal Pleased With Progress During Day 1 of Barber Test; Fastest Honda in Session 1, 10th Overall for Day

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Barber Motorsports Park – OPEN TEST

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Test Notes/Quotes – March 16, 2014

 

1)         Scott Dixon (Chevy)                                     1:07.4805 / 122.702 mph

6)         Ryan Hunter-Reay (fastest Honda)             1:07.8494 / 122.035 mph

10)       Graham Rahal (3rd fastest Honda)             1:07.9317 / 121.887 mph

GRAHAM RAHAL, No. 15 Mi-Jack Dallara/Honda/Firestone:  “Today was good. We got through a lot of things we wanted to test. It’s kind of frustrating not being the quickest Honda now that we have been a couple of times. I think we’re creeping up on this though. At the end of the day, on the theoreticals, we’re quickest so we need to put the lap together. I think one of the things we’re suffering with a little bit is the consistency of the car from one lap to the next and that’s what we’re going to have to work on tomorrow. We’re working through a lot, the guys are working extremely hard and I think things are looking pretty good.”

  • FAST FACTS: In the morning session, Rahal set the fastest time of Honda-powered drivers and was P8 overall with a lap time of 1:08.6550… Rahal, 26, will compete in his ninth season in a major open wheel series and his third full one with RLL.  His highest series start is pole at St. Pete (2009; street) and Kansas (2009; oval) and his highest finish is a win in St. Pete (2008) in his IndyCar Series debut to make him the youngest winner in series history at 19 years, 93 days old… In 128 Indy car starts, Graham Rahal has earned 23 top-five finishes — including his 2008 win at St. Petersburg — 53 top-10’s, and led a total of 150 laps.  In addition, he won poles at St. Petersburg (street course) and Kansas Speedway (oval) in 2009. Rahal came close to winning again in 2012 as he led the closing laps at Texas Motor Speedway before a slight brush of the wall with two laps to go forced him to settle for second place. He finished second again in Long Beach in 2013 and Detroit Dual 1 in 2014. 

NEXT UP:  The Open Test will resume tomorrow from 10-1 and 2-6 CT. Timing and Scoring information is available for all sessions from www.indycar.com.

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BMW Unveils Tribute Livery for 40th Anniversary of First US Win at the 12 Hours of Sebring; Z4 GTLM CSL Homage Livery Unveiled at 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. –  March 14, 2015… Today, BMW of North America publicly unveiled a special livery, which pays homage to the IMSA 3.0 CSL, for the two BMW Team RLL Z4 GTLM cars that will race in the 2015 edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 21st. The unveiling took place during “Cars & Coffee at the Concours” which is part of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance weekend in Northern Florida. 1975 12 Hours of Sebring winning drivers Brian Redman, Sam Posey and Hans Stuck,  1972 -1980 BMW Motorsport Manager Jochen Neerpasch and current BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt were on-hand when BMW ace driver Bill Auberlen drove the car onto the show field to the applause of show goers and BMW Motorsport fans.

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D-A Lubricant Co. Joins RLL as Primary Sponsor for New Orleans Indy Car Race and Becomes a Multi-Year Major Associate Sponsor

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 10, 2015) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that D-A Lubricant Co., a privately owned heavy duty, and industrial lubricant compounder/blender, will be the primary sponsor of the No. 15 Indy car driven by Graham Rahal at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana April 10-12 at NOLA Motorsports Park.  In addition, D-A Lubricant Co. has joined the team as a multi-year, major associate sponsor of the entry.

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Rahal Completed Day 1 of a Two Day Test at NOLA Motorsports Park; Called Track Physically Challenging

AVONDALE, Louisiana (February 10, 2015) – Graham Rahal joined the majority of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series field today at a test at NOLA Motorsports Park, the track that will host the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana April 10-12. Like most other drivers, it was Rahal’s first time on the course in an Indy car although the 26-year-old visited the track in May 2014 during a media tour to promote the Indianapolis 500. Many changes have been made since then.

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First Test Day of 2015 in the Books for Graham Rahal

SEBRING, Fla. (February 3, 2015) – Graham Rahal, 26, completed his first test day of 2015 today at Sebring International Raceway in preparation for the upcoming Verizon IndyCar Series season. He ran a total of 121 laps around the 1.65-mile short course in the No. 15 Dallara-Honda-Firestone entry and was encouraged with the end result.

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BMW Team RLL Finishes 2nd and 4th at 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona; No. 25 BMW Finishes Only .478 Seconds from Victory

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 25, 2015… BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in this weekend’s 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona on the 40th anniversary of BMW Motorsport’s very first race in North America and the start of the 1975 IMSA season for the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL. With car numbers chosen to honor that car, the No. 25 BMW Z4 GTLM finished second and the No. 24 BMW Z4 GTLM took the checkered flag fourth.

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