News Tagged “BMW Team RLL”

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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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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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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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Veteran Engineer Schaffner Returns to Team as Senior Assistant Race Engineer for Sports Car Program

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.

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Difficult USCC qualifying for BMW Team RLL at Road Atlanta

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.

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BMW Team RLL – Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 19, 2014 …  Up next for BMW Team RLL is the TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship round at Virginia Inter­na­tional Raceway, in Alton, Virginia, on August 24th – Round 9 of the 11-race 2014 season. The weekend will feature Grand Touring cars in a 2.75-hour stand­alone race for GTLM and GTD competi­tors at the vener­able 3.27-mile, 17-turn perma­nent road course.

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BMW Team RLL Races in P3 and P10 at 12 Hours of Sebring Mid-Point; No. 55 Runs in Third, No. 56 Slowed by Crash Damage in Tenth

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 15, 2014 … At the mid-point of the 62nd annual 12 Hours of Sebring BMW Team RLL races in the third and tenth posi­tions in the GTLM class. The first race at Sebring for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship has been slowed by eight caution periods, the sixth bringing out a red flag that halted the race for six minutes, in the first six hours.

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BMW Team RLL– Twelve Hours of Sebring Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – March 12, 2014 … After five years of begin­ning its season at the Twelve Hours of Sebring, BMW Team RLL arrives ready for the 62nd annual event with some­thing it has never had before – momentum from a prior race. The new TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship that has merged the GRAND-AM and ALMS series began with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth — the only team in the GTLM class to finish both team cars in the top-five.

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