HILLIARD, Ohio (November 7, 2017) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that veteran engineer Brandon Fry has joined the team as technical and racing operations director of the team’s sports car program. Fry has over 20 years of professional racing experience and was most recently race engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Indy car program with Max Chilton.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Nov. 7, 2017… A number of BMW Team RLL engineers and technicians are at BMW Motorsport in Munich, Germany this month finishing the construction of the first US-bound all-new BMW M8 GTE as the team prepares for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and its 10th season of sports car competition with The Ultimate Driving Machine®. The Munich trip has been repeated many times over the last decade as the team has assisted BMW Motorsport personnel with the first builds of the BMW M3 GT, BMW Z4 GTE, BMW M6 GTLM and now the BMW M8 GTE. The car is scheduled to arrive at the team’s Hilliard, Ohio headquarters in late November with the US testing program starting shortly thereafter. The first IMSA-sanctioned test of the car will be at Daytona International Speedway on Dec. 5-6, 2017.
Road Atlanta. BMW Team RLL celebrated its fourth GTLM victory of the year at the season finale of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) at Road Atlanta (USA). At the classic Petit Le Mans, the number 25 BMW M6 GTLM with Bill Auberlen (USA), Alexander Sims (GBR) and Kuno Wittmer (CAN) at the wheel won with a 1.060 second margin-of-victory over the second-placed Corvette, completing 392 laps of the 2.54-mile road course in the 10-hour contest. It was the first victory for BMW Team RLL at this event – and a very special triumph for Auberlen in his 400th race for BMW. Martin Tomczyk (GER), John Edwards (USA) and Nick Catsburg (NED) had to retire the number 24 BMW M6 GTLM with less than one hour to go.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – October 3, 2017… BMW Team RLL will close the team’s ninth year of sports car competition with the running of this Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans, the traditional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale. The 10-hour race at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga., is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and sets the perfect stage for a very special landmark for Bill Auberlen.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 20, 2017… BMW Team RLL heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Salinas, Calif., for the penultimate round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the two-hour-and-forty-minute America’s Tire 250 race, part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix weekend.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (September 20, 2017) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato will return to their Verizon IndyCar Series team in 2018. Sato drove for the team in 2012 where he famously dueled eventual winner Dario Franchitti on the final lap.
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INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen – Watkins Glen International
Round 15 of 17 in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 22, 2017… The August 27th Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway will feature a GT only race for the second time in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship providing a spotlight on BMW Team RLL’s GTLM class points chase. No. 25 M6 GTLM drivers Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims currently stand third in Driver points, only one point from second and nine points from first. No. 26 M6 GTLM drivers John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk stand seventh, 30 points in arrears of Auberlen and Sims. BMW stands third in Manufacturer points, nine points behind Chevrolet and 10 behind Ford.
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 1, 2017) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLLR) announced today that Fifth Third Bank will be the primary sponsor for the No. 15 Honda driven by Graham Rahal in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park on August 26. It is their second Indy car event as primary sponsor after holding the role for Oriol Servia’s No. 16 entry for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Duals. Fifth Third Bank is in its second year as an associate sponsor for the team and extended their partnership for three more years in May 2017.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Aug. 1, 2017… With four races remaining in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis. begins BMW Team RLL’s final push for the GTLM class championship. After a difficult start to the season, the Bobby Rahal-led effort has fought back to score six podium finishes in the last four races, including two wins by Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims in the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM. While teammates John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk have yet to reach the top of the podium, the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM drivers have a second-place and two third-place results in the last four races.