BMW Team RLL Qualifies 5th and 10th for Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – July 12, 2014 … BMW Team RLL will start from the fifth and tenth starting posi­tions in tomorrow’s 2.75-hour Sports Car Grand Prix at Cana­dian Tire Motor­sport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Despite running near the front of the GTLM class throughout prac­tice both cars were unable to post a faster time in today’s 15-minute qual­i­fying session. Dirk Müller qual­i­fied the No.56 BMW Z4 fifth with a time of 1:15.497 minutes around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit — .291 seconds from the pole winning Dodge Viper SRT of Kuno Wittmer. Müller’s quickest prac­tice time (1:15.270 minutes) would have qual­i­fied him second. He and co-driver John Edwards stand seventh in GTLM driver points.

Andy Priaulx qual­i­fied the No. 55 BMW Z4 tenth with a time of 1:16.395 minutes. Priaulx and co-driver Bill Auberlen currently stand second in GTLM driver points.

Both drivers felt the grip was pretty low after the CTSCC race,” said Jay O’Connell, RLL VP Tech­nology. “I think Dirk did a good job getting good speed out of his car and we are going through the data on the other car to figure out what happened on Andy’s run. He strug­gled with the grip of the car on that run, and that is not char­ac­ter­istic. We will figure out what is going on with the car and get it right for the race tomorrow. It is fore­cast for rain, and rain has usually been good for us as the car has been good in the wet. The rain would be welcome I think!”

Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – (5th) – “Coming from first in the last prac­tice session down to fifth in qual­i­fying is disap­pointing. The track was not in the condi­tion we had this morning because of all the different rubber laid down by the races today. It was the same for everyone, but it affected us more. We can see from the data the others made up the time on the straights. All things consid­ered, I had a good qual­i­fying effort. Consid­ering the circum­stances with a little less grip on the track that is the best I could do.”

Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – (10th) – “That was no fun as the car had no grip. I drove the track for the first time in the first prac­tice session and I was on the pace, but I have gotten slower and slower and that is not normal. We put Bill in the car in the third prac­tice and he didn’t do any better time than me so we have got issues. We just don’t have the balance we normally have and, obvi­ously, must find it again.”

In other BMW racing news, Maxime Martin, a BMW Team RLL driver in 2013, drove to his first career DTM pole today at the Moscow Raceway. More infor­ma­tion on BMW Motorsport’s DTM program can be found at www.bmw-motorsport.com.

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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