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BMW Team RLL Qualifies 2nd and 5th for Brickyard Grand Prix; Edwards 2nd, Auberlen 5th

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – July 24, 2014 … BMW Team RLL will start from the second and fifth starting posi­tions in tomorrow’s 2.75-hour Brick­yard Grand Prix at the Indi­anapolis Motor Speedway road course. The race is the seventh round of the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Cham­pi­onship and marks the first time BMW Team RLL has raced at the most famous race­track in North America.

John Edwards qual­i­fied the No.56 BMW Z4 on the outside of the GTLM class front row with a time of 1:22.442 minutes around the 2.439-mile, 14-turn circuit – only .064 seconds from the pole winning Ferrari of Gian­carlo Fisichella. The result is the third time this season the No. 56 Z4 has qual­i­fied second. Edwards and co-driver Dirk Müller stand fifth in GTLM driver points.

Bill Auberlen qual­i­fied the No. 55 BMW Z4 fifth with a time of 1:22.563 minutes, .185 seconds from the pole time. The entire 10-car GTLM class qual­i­fied within .859 seconds, the top-seven within some .300 seconds. Auberlen and co-driver Andy Priaulx currently stand in a tie for second in GTLM driver points.

I think the team did a good job today,” said Jay O’Connell, VP Tech­nology RLL. “John certainly got the most out of 56 car by putting in a really strong perfor­mance and qual­i­fying second. Bill was equally strong in the 55 car with some fast sectors, but just couldn’t put a complete lap together. Having the top seven cars qualify within three tenths of a second is impres­sive. It should be quite a race tomorrow.”

John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – (2nd) – “This is a hard track to get a rhythm, and that makes it hard to get every sector put together for the whole lap. There are three really hard braking zones, and that is where things can get a little wrong. If you get two right and one just a little off, when the times are half a tenth sepa­rating most of the posi­tions, that can make a huge differ­ence. It was a little nail biting and I think the guys on the timing stand may have written us off when we were down in P6. It didn’t look like we were going to go any quicker. Fortu­nately I got all my sectors together in the end and we are just a half a tenth off P1. I think we can be happy with our effort today.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – (5th) – “Andy and I have been P1 most of the time in today’s free prac­tice. In the first session we were P1 right to the very end until we dropped a place or two, but knew we had a good car. In the second session we were solidly in P1, but now we qual­i­fied P5. We tried a bit of a gamble and it did not pay off. We are making the change back and should go racing with a very strong car.”

The Brick­yard Grand Prix will take the green flag at 5:45 p.m. ET Friday, July 25th. The race will be broad­cast live on Fox Sports 1 with coverage begin­ning at 5:30 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: 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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