News Tagged “BMW Team RLL”

BMW Team RLL Qualifies on Top at Wet, Slippery Circuit of the Americas; Joey Hand on Pole, John Edwards Fourth

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 20, 2013 …  Joey Hand, driving the No. 55 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE, topped the GT class in today’s qual­i­fying session for Saturday’s inau­gural Amer­ican Le Mans Series race at the Circuit of the Amer­icas. The session was held during a slight break in the rain that had been falling the entire day. The BMW Team RLL Z4 GTEs were both shod with Michelin wet-weather racing tires.  Hand’s pole time (2:17.178 minutes) came on his second timed lap of the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit and is the third pole for the team this season (Lime Rock Park, Balti­more, COTA). Substi­tuting for Maxime Martin this weekend, Hand will co-drive with long-time team­mate Bill Auberlen.

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BMW Team RLL – Circuit of the Americas Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 16, 2013 … BMW Team RLL will face the 3.4-miles and 20 turns of the Circuit of the Amer­icas (COTA), in Austin, Texas, for the first time this weekend in Round 8 of the 2013 Amer­ican Le Mans Series. Completed in 2012, the track is notable for being the current home of the Formula 1 US Grand Prix.

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BMW Team RLL Finishes 3rd and 4th at Baltimore

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 31, 2013 … BMW Team RLL finished third and fourth in today’s Amer­ican Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Balti­more that will go into the record books as the shortest race in ALMS history due to a crash on the first lap that cost the event half of its duration.

The check­ered flag flew only one-hour-and-fourteen-minutes after the green flag waved with Dirk Müller and Joey Hand finishing third in the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE and the No. 55 machine of Bill Auberlen and Maxime Martin coming home fourth.

The crash occurred just after the green flag waved, blocking the circuit and involving eight cars. Pole­sitter Bill Auberlen, in the No. 55 Z4 GTE, just skirted by and Joey Hand, starting the No. 56 Z4 GTE from the 11th posi­tion, was able to stop the car untouched. The restart began with two laps behind the pace car and the always quick thinking Bobby Rahal called Hand into the pits imme­di­ately – sacri­ficing the Californian’s minimum drive time and points – to get Müller in the No. 56 right away. Hand may have set a record for the shortest drive in ALMS history, but the move put Müller in the lead and gave him the best chance to stay in the race for the driver’s title. Unfor­tu­nately, following the race’s last restart Müller was slowed by a proto­type car that missed the line through the chicane and was passed by both Corvettes.

Bill Auberlen had a wild start in the No. 55 Z4 GTE and had a second near miss laps later, but kept the car clean before handing off to Martin after five laps. The Belgian raced as high as second before losing the rear bumper of the car and bringing out a yellow flag. He slipped to fourth in the closing stages of the race.

Unof­fi­cially, BMW still stands second in the GT class Manufacturer’s cham­pi­onship and Müller now is fifth is the driver’s title chase, behind both pairs of Corvette drivers, but all are only sepa­rated by a scant eight points.

It seemed like amateur night,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “I’m very frus­trated. We had a perfect plan and were leading the race. On the last restart a proto­type car totally cocked up the chicane and Dirk nearly hit it. He was held up enough for the Corvettes to get by and that was that.”

We knew this weekend would be rough and tough,” said Gordon McDon­nell, BMWNA Motor­sport Manager. “We thought the Z4 GTE would be extremely well-suited to this course and we saw that in qual­i­fying. The race seemed to have a mind of its own and we were along for the ride. I’m really proud of the guys for keeping their heads down. They fought really hard and 3rd and 4th is a great result to leave this race with.”

Joey Hand, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE – (3rd) – “We’ll take a third-place but we’re not as excited as we would have been. Dirk did a good job but got unlucky during that restart with the traffic. But that’s what endurance racing is all about. I love racing and came here to race, but today I had to be a team player and get out of the car early. It was just a unique race, to say the least.”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTE – (3rd) –  “What a race. What a strategy! We pitted early went from dead last, after yesterday’s penalty, all the way up to the front. I had the pace, and the car was strong. On the last restart I was fully prepared but every­body ahead checked up and I had to apply emer­gency braking into the chicane. Basi­cally the two Corvettes just took advan­tage of it. Once behind them I was quicker, and was able to close the gap some­what, but P3 is more than I was hoping for overnight. I’m really happy. There is still a ways to go in the cham­pi­onship; we are getting stronger and stronger. This result was a team effort.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (4th) – “The team was poised for a 1 – 2 finish today, but it seemed most of the field came to crash instead of race. I’ve already had a double victory at the Circuit of the Amer­icas this season in the GRAND-AM series driving BMWs so I’ll put today behind us and focus forward to Round Eight.”

Maxime Martin, driver No. 55 Z4 GTE – (4th) – “This certainly was a strange race; very short with no pit stops. We started quite okay but in a little crash I lost two places and the rear bumper, so in the end we weren’t quick enough to stay with the front pack. We are scoring points, but we could have had a much better day.”

Round Eight of the 2013 ALMS season will be held at the Circuit of the Amer­icas, in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 21st. The 2.45-hour race will be broad­cast Sunday, Sept. 22nd on ESPN2 tele­vi­sion at 1:00 p.m. ET.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distrib­uting vehi­cles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and finan­cial service orga­ni­za­tions for the BMW brand of motor vehi­cles, including motor­cy­cles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Design­work­sUSA, a strategic design consul­tancy in Cali­fornia; a tech­nology office in Silicon Valley and various other oper­a­tions throughout the country.  BMW Manu­fac­turing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manu­fac­turing network and is the exclu­sive manu­fac­turing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehi­cles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales orga­ni­za­tion is repre­sented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motor­cycle retailers, 119 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales head­quar­ters for North America, is located in Wood­cliff Lake, New Jersey.

Infor­ma­tion about BMW Group prod­ucts is avail­able to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwgroupna.com

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Hilliard, Ohio and co-owned by three-time IndyCar Cham­pion and 1986 Indi­anapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, has been competing for over two decades, compiling 28 victo­ries, 42 poles and three series cham­pi­onships (1992, 2010, 2011) as well as claiming an Indi­anapolis 500 victory (Buddy Rice in 2004). In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the Amer­ican Le Mans Series. In 2010 the team won both the Manu­fac­turer and Team Cham­pi­onships in the GT cate­gory. In 2011 the team swept all three GT titles — Manu­fac­turer, Team and Driver.

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BMW Team RLL — Grand Prix of Baltimore Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – August 27, 2013 … BMW Team RLL will look to the second street race of the year, the Grand Prix of Balti­more, to turn its fortunes and reignite the cham­pi­onship chal­lenge in the second half of the 2013 Amer­ican Le Mans Series.

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