BMW Set To Race In The 53rd Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona
The BMW Team RLL will being its seventh season of sports car racing competition at this weekend’s 53rd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona. This race will mark the 40th anniversary of BMW’s first race in the US and will compete with the numbers 24 and 25 in honor of the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL racing cars.
“We are looking forward to an exciting USCC season in 2015, in which BMW Team RLL will once again fly our flag in the GTLM class. Our mission is to return to winning ways with the BMW Z4 GTLM and strong drivers, and build on the great successes we have celebrated in North America in the past. After all, the 40th anniversary makes this a very special year for BMW of North America. We want to do everything in our power to ensure that we also have plenty of reason to celebrate from a sporting point of view. Forty years ago, while BMW of North America was still in its infancy, BMW’s first national marketing program in the United States was to go racing,” commented Ludwig Willisch, Chairman and CEO of BMW of North America, LLC. “BMW Motorsport introduced two BMW 3.0 CSL racing cars in North America for the 1975 IMSA season at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Those cars became legends and laid the foundation for the success BMW has enjoyed in the past four decades, where today we are the number-one luxury brand,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
BMW has assembled an amazing team of drivers that include Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler.
Farfus and Spengler will co-drive the number 25 car with season-long drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, the latter pair having driven together in 2012 in a BMW M3 GT. Jens Klingmann and Graham Rahal will join John Edwards and Lucas Luhr in the number 24 BMW Z4 GTLM. Edwards and Luhr will drive the car for the entire season.
Read more about the 53rd Annual Rolex 24 at BMW Press Group.