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BMW Team RLL – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – July 8, 2014 …Cana­dian Tire Motor­sport Park (formally Mosport Inter­na­tional Raceway) is next up for BMW Team RLL as the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship makes its only visit to Canada for the July 13th Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.

The classic circuit north­west of Toronto, Ontario is one of the fastest in North America and a favorite of most every driver for its chal­lenging, high speed corners. It hosted the Formula 1 Cana­dian Grand Prix eight times in the years between 1967 and 1977, a part of the most dangerous decade Formula 1 ever saw.

BMW Team RLL is coming off its most disap­pointing finish of the season (6th and 10th) after its best qual­i­fying effort (1st and 3rd) at Watkins Glen Inter­na­tional. The 2.45-hour race at CTMP has never been the most successful venue for BMW drivers, having failed to reach the podium in the last three season’s events. In last year’s Amer­ican Le Mans Series race BMW Team RLL finished 5th and 6th.

The WGI result (10th) has dropped Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx to second place in driver points stand­ings. They now stand nine points in arrears of the leaders and the No. 55 Z4 GTLM is an equal amount back in the team stand­ings. John Edwards and Dirk Müller stand 7th in driver points. BMW is third in Manu­fac­turer points, only four points behind Porsche and five points from Corvette.

We’re looking forward to going to Mosport which is one of my favorite tracks although, frankly, we haven’t had much luck there in recent years,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “Obvi­ously with that long, long back straight, regard­less of how fast you are going through the corners, is really the major feature of the track. As always we’ll do our best and see if we can manage to avoid the prob­lems that occurred at Watkins Glen and stay with the lead guys. Obvi­ously the Corvettes have some­thing over every­body; they’re clearly the domi­nant car this year with the new chassis, but as always we’ll give it our best shot.”

Bill Auberlen, driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “The first half of the year has been amazing.  Andy and I have had great success, and until the last race we held the cham­pi­onship lead in the points.  The GTLM class is so compet­i­tive that on any given weekend anybody can win and the points chase is so tight that we need to keep pushing and fighting for the top step of the podium.  We are going to do our home­work before CTMP and come out ready to win.  It’s great to know that when the going gets tough that you can rely on the best in the busi­ness with the BMW Team RLL guys and their commit­ment to win every race.”

Andy Priaulx, driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “Again this will be a new track for me and with the sessions being so busy it will be tough to get many quality laps before the race. With this in mind my prepa­ra­tion will be even more intense. I hope that Bill and I will be strong yet again and keep the fight for the cham­pi­onship alive.  Corvette is really domi­nant at the moment but I will not lose faith. We will do every­thing we can to stay in touch!”

John Edwards, driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “Last year I was at the Mosport round of the ALMS series but wasn’t driving, so I’m glad I won’t have to watch from the side­lines this weekend. The flowing high speed corners will suit the Z4, but we will have to fight hard in the race when we deal with traffic. So far this season the GTLM cate­gory has been extremely compet­i­tive and I don’t expect the race at Mosport to be any different. Dirk and I are pretty far down in points after some bad luck early in the season, so we will be pushing rather than driving conser­v­a­tively as we target race wins the rest of this season.”

Dirk Müller, driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “CTMP is one of my favorite circuits and after our tough luck at Watkins Glen we are really moti­vated to change it for the better. I love all the changes they made around the track in recent years to make it better for everyone. Yes, the uphill section will be diffi­cult with our top speed disad­van­tage, but that is where we are with the balance of perfor­mance and it does not lessen my enthu­siasm for the circuit.”

The Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will take the green flag at 2:05 p.m. ET Sunday, July 13th. The race will be broad­cast live on Fox Sports 1 with coverage begin­ning at 2:00 p.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More infor­ma­tion on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.

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 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales orga­ni­za­tion is repre­sented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motor­cycle retailers, 120 MINI passenger car dealers, and 35 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 30 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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Jour­nalist note: Photog­raphy for edito­rial purposes as well as infor­ma­tion about BMW Group and its prod­ucts in the USA is avail­able to jour­nal­ists on-line at www.bmwgroupusanews.com and www.press.bmwna.com.

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