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BMW Team RLL – Road America Road Race Showcase Preview

Wood­cliff Lake, N.J. – Aug.5, 2014 …Road America is always a favorite stop for teams and drivers of the TUDOR United SportsCar Cham­pi­onship. More than four miles long, many of the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin circuit’s four­teen turns are some of the most chal­lenging in the world. On August 10th, BMW Team RLL will race there for the sixth-consecutive year in the 2.75-hour Road Race Showcase.

Road America has been host to much of BMW Team RLL’s success. In 2009, Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand drove to the program’s first Amer­ican Le Mans Series GT class victory at Road America from the team’s first pole posi­tion. The next year, Hand and Dirk Müller were the GT class winners. In 2011, the second and third steps of the podium were reached. In 2012, Auberlen and Jörg Müller were back on top of the GT podium. For a high-speed tour of Road America, join Bill Auberlen in the No. 55 Z4 during a prac­tice lap from last year. Bill Auberlen – A Lap of Road America.

Unfor­tu­nately, the debut of the BMW Z4 GTLM in 2013 did not achieve the same result, with the team finishing seventh and eighth. This year, the team has failed to reach the podium in the last three rounds and will be racing for a good result to stop its fall in the stand­ings. Currently, Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx stand third in driver points. John Edwards and Dirk Müller stand eighth. BMW is fourth in Manu­fac­turer points.

We have had a pretty good record of success at Road America,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Prin­cipal. “We won it three times with the M3’s and have always had a good feel for that track. Last year was our first year to race the Z4 there and there was a pretty big disparity between our top end speed with the Corvette’s and every­body else and that really hurt us for sure. I think the car is a better car this year than it was last year and we will go back and give it our best shot to win another race.”

Bill Auberlen, driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “It’s been a tough couple of races lately, but we’re still close to the top of the cham­pi­onship stand­ings and we’re going to a track we have won at quite a few times. In order to stay in the hunt, we need to get back on the podium.”

Andy Priaulx, driver, No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “I checked out this track a month ago at the M3-M4 press launch cour­tesy of BMW NA and was absolutely blown away with it! Yet another massive commit­ment road circuit in the US! The last races have been tough and I’m not expecting this to be any different and with that in mind I’m staying real­istic but still remaining ambi­tious. We still have a chance to score big points and need to focus on this and get the maximum from the weekend.”

John Edwards, driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “Road America is right up there with the clas­sics like Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca when it comes to Amer­ican race tracks. The town of Elkhart Lake shows a lot of racing history, which makes this a great event. The GTLM field was espe­cially tight at Indy, and I expect Road America to be no different. The weather made last year’s race a little inter­esting at the start, and it remains the only time I’ve pulled off a 720 degree spin in a car without any damage. Hope­fully this year’s race will go smoother for us and Dirk and I can get back to the podium.”

Dirk Müller, driver, No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “Road America is well known in Europe as one of the best circuits in the States. We’ve had good fortune there in the past and we will need to push hard for a good result this weekend.”

The 2.75-hour Road Race Show­case will take the green flag at 1:15 p.m. ET Sunday, August 10th. The race will be broad­cast on Fox Sports 1 with coverage begin­ning at 6:30 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: Photog­raphy for edito­rial purposes as well asin­for­ma­tion 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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