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.
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. – 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.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 24, 2014 . . . BMW Team RLL will contest its first race at the classic Watkins Glen International circuit this weekend at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in Round 5 of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
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.
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.
Munich (DE), 7th December 2013. BMW Motorsport used the 52nd BMW Sports Trophy award ceremony in Munich’s BMW Welt (DE) to present its programme for the 2014 season. BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt announced the plans for the DTM, the newly-created United SportsCar Championship (USCC) in North America, the BMW Sports Trophy, and the Formula BMW Talent Cup.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 19, 2013 . . . BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in today’s American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans. The 16th annual1000-mile race, held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, concluded the debut season for the new BMW Z4 GTE with BMW finishing second in the GT class Manufacturer’s standings and BMW Team RLL second in the Team standings. Dirk Müller finished second in Driver points for the 2013 season.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 18, 2013 . . . Dirk Müller qualified the No. 56 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE fifth for tomorrow’s 1000-mile Petit Le Mans, the final race of the season and the American Le Mans Series. His quick lap, 1:19.23 minutes, around the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta track came on his fifth circuit of the 15-minute qualifying session. Müller, who will be racing for the GT driver’s title this weekend, will share the No. 56 machine with Bill Auberlen and John Edwards.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Oct. 14, 2013 . . . BMW Team RLL will race for two important championships at the American Le Mans Series season-ending and series-finale 16th annual Petit Le Mans. Dirk Müller will race for the driver’s championship in the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE with John Edwards and Uwe Alzen this weekend. He enters the race second in the GT driver battle, 16 points behind the leaders. The trio will also be racing the No. 56 machine for the Michelin Green X Challenge trophy, awarded by the tire manufacturer to the most clean, fast and efficient car in the class. The No. 55 Z4 GTE will be shared by Bill Auberlen, Maxime Martin and Jörg Müller at Petit.