BMW Team RLL kicks off 2017 deteriorate in Daytona – The 19th BMW Art Car will underline in a 55th Rolex 24.

Posted on 24. Jan, 2017 by in BMW Canada

Munich. The 2017 engine racing deteriorate will change adult a gear,
when BMW Motorsport, BMW Team RLL and BMW of North America launch
their 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) campaign
on 28th/29th Jan during a classical Daytona
International Speedway. At a biggest 24-hour foe in North
America, BMW Team RLL will have a singular honour of racing a BMW Art
Car, usually a ninth of a 19-car BMW Art Car Collection to race
given a programme’s start in 1975. John Baldessari (USA), one of
a world’s many reputable unpractical artists, joins luminaries such
as Alexander Calder (1975), Andy Warhol (1979) and Jeff Koons (2010)
as an Art Car creator.

The BMW M6 continues as a substructure of BMW’s bid in
general sports automobile racing in 2017, and BMW Team RLL will
continue to foe dual BMW M6 GTLM selection cars in a IWSC. The
choice of a array 19 BMW M6 GTLM Art Car facilities maestro Bill
Auberlen (USA) and BMW works motorist Alexander Sims (GBR). Sims was
partial of a winning ROWE Racing group with a BMW M6 GT3 during last
year’s 24-hour foe in Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). The unchanging drivers
will be upheld by DTM stars Augusto Farfus (BRA) and Bruno Spengler
(CAN). Both Farfus and Spengler raced a BMW M6 GTLM during Daytona last
year with Auberlen and Dirk Werner (GER), finishing fifth in a debut
foe for a car. For Auberlen, a 48-year-old Californian, the
honour of racing a BMW Art Car falls on a 20th
anniversary of his initial win for BMW during a Rolex 24 At Daytona in 1997.

John Edwards (USA) and Martin Tomczyk (GER) will anchor a array 24
BMW M6 GTLM this season. Edwards, who starts his fifth deteriorate racing
for BMW, will be assimilated by BMW works motorist Tomczyk, now focusing on
GT foe after 16 successful seasons in a DTM. As he did last
season, Kuno Wittmer (CAN) will foe a array 24 BMW M6 GTLM in the
4 continuation rounds (Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le
Mans). At Daytona, Nicky Catsburg (NLD) will be a fourth driver.
Catsburg co-drove to a second-place GTD finish in final year’s Rolex 24.

In a 8 seasons of North American sports automobile competition, BMW
Team RLL has posted 13 victories among 60 lectern finishes, winning the
American Le Mans Series Manufacturer and Team championships in 2010
and repeating a attainment and adding a motorist pretension in 2011. Beginning
with a BMW M3 GT2 in 2009, a group successfully introduced a BMW
Z4 GTLM in 2013 and a BMW M6 GTLM in 2016.

Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director): “This
year’s 24-hour foe during Daytona will be special in many ways. Of
course, racing a BMW Art Car is always unique. The seductiveness for the
array 19 BMW M6 GTLM designed by John Baldessari will be high, so I’m
vehement to see where we will be means to put a automobile in a final
results. In addition, we brought some new drivers in for 2017. I’m
certain that both Alexander Sims and Martin Tomczyk will cope good with
their new challenge. The knowledge of Bobby Rahal’s BMW Team RLL and
of a other drivers, Bill Auberlen and Edwards, positively make it easier
for a dual European drivers to come to terms with sports automobile racing
in North America. After final year’s entrance deteriorate of a BMW M6 GTLM
a transparent aim is to measure a lass win with this automobile in a IMSA
series. Achieving this in such a tough foe as a Rolex 24 will be
intensely difficult. But, as usual, we will give it all to measure a
good outcome in a initial foe of a season. Reliability will be
essential – and I’m also assured in this respect.”

John Baldessari (Artist, BMW Art Car #19)
: “When we demeanour during a BMW Art Car array and all of
a artists that came before me, we see them as competition. Just the
same as racing – that is because I’ll hearten for a drivers of my Art
Car. we wish them to win.  I spoke to Bill Auberlen and a best thing
he told me was that he sees it as an honour and a prominence of his
extraordinary career to have a possibility to foe a BMW Art Car. we know he and
a group will give it their all to come in first.”

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal, BMW Team RLL): “There’s
zero like starting out a deteriorate with a many formidable race. In
a new past we have had some reasonable formula with second place
finishes in both 2014 and 2015. Last year wasn’t a good one for us
though now, a year later, a automobile has positively progressed and is more
reliable. We consider a gait will be reasonable, nonetheless no one is
utterly certain how good others might be notwithstanding all of a contrast that has
happened. For us, it’s only a matter of not carrying any problems. It
sounds simplistic, though a slightest volume of time we spend in a pits
a improved possibility we have of a podium. Our initial pursuit is to make sure
we have a reliability, a second pursuit is to make certain we have the
gait and a third pursuit is stay out of difficulty on track. I’m very
gratified with a motorist line-up. We’ve always had good motorist line-ups
given day one of a attribute with BMW. That’s a outrageous plus
apparently and that’s a partial we worry about a slightest frankly.”

Bill Auberlen (No. 19 BMW M6 GTLM): “I am delighted
that BMW chose me for a honour of pushing an Art Car. I’ve been
racing BMWs for many years and we can contend though a doubt that this is
a prominence of my career. We finished second during Daytona in 2014 and
2015, and fifth final year. I’m meditative there would be zero better
than to win on a 20th anniversary of my initial Rolex 24
feat in 1997 for BMW.”

Alexander Sims (No. 19 BMW M6 GTLM): “I’m very
vehement about a Rolex 24, as it will be my initial time racing in the
States. The GTLM automobile is not distant private from a GT3 automobile we have raced,
though with no ABS (anti-lock stop system) we am holding things one step
during a time.”

Augusto Farfus (No. 19 BMW M6 GTLM): “It is always
special to be in a Rolex 24, and on tip of that this year we am
pushing a square of art. It is an honour for me and I’m really thankful
to BMW for giving me this opportunity. We’ve been tighten here utterly a
few times in past years with a BMW Z4 GTLM, and final year we finished it
to a finish and fifth place with a new BMW M6 GTLM. This year it
only might be time to get it done.”

Bruno Spengler (No. 19 BMW M6 GTLM): “The Rolex 24
has been one of my highlights given initial racing here in 2015 with BMW
Team RLL. Many Canadians come to a race, so we can share a event
with friends and family. we began with BMW in 2012 racing in a DTM
and have listened of a Art Cars. we am celebrated to now expostulate one and be
partial of such an critical programme for a company.”

John Edwards (No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM): “We had a
prolific exam focusing on integrating a new drivers. Things went
really well, and we trust we are prepared for a Rolex 24.”

Martin Tomczyk (No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM): “The Rolex 24
will be my initial foe in a US, so we am really excited. we have competed
during Spa and a Nürburgring 24-hour races, though there positively is
something special about this foe in America. we am honestly looking
brazen to it.”

Nick Catsburg (No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM): “This will be my
second Rolex 24. My initial was final year. The BMW M6 GTLM is a bit
opposite than a BMW M6 GT3 automobile we raced in Europe, though we am pleased
with how a Roar exam progressed. Our group is operative good together
and we am looking for a good result.”

Kuno Wittmer (No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM): “We have finished good
swell towards a second deteriorate of a BMW M6 GTLM. This will be
a seventh Rolex 24 of my career and we would gladly wear a second
Rolex on my wrist.”

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