In front of the largest GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series crowd, the TELMEX Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Rileys swept to a 1-2 victory at the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The No. 01 TELMEX/Target BMW/Riley of Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Joey Hand and Graham Rahal finished 2.46 seconds ahead of the No. 02 Target/TELMEX machine of Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya. Both cars covered 720 laps of the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course during the race with Hand leading a race-high 116 laps. All of the BMW engines in the Rolex 24 were prepared by Dinan Motorsport.
Only 20 days after its world debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe will appear at the Daytona International Speedway as official pace car alongside the legendary BMW M3 for the 49thRolex 24 at Daytona, January 28th-30th. The 1 Series M Coupe’s arrival at Daytona is one of few special opportunities for fans to see BMW’s newest M model before it goes on sale in May.
The BMW 1 Series M Coupe pace car will carry an on-board SPEED television camera to give viewers a unique eye on the twice-around-the-clock action. With a 335 horsepower inline-6 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, and the suspension and brakes from the M3 Competition Package, no modifications to the 1 … CONTINUED
BMW ALMS star driver Tommy Milner piloted the Need For Speed Schubert Motorsport Z4 GT3 to a dominant 4-lap victory at the 24-hour Dubai race. Milner, who piloted the No. 76 BMW Z4 GT3 with BMW factory driver Augusto Farfus and team regulars Claudia Hurtgen and Edward Sandstrom, drove to a four-lap win in what was a trouble-free race for the quartet.
“The 24-hour race in Dubai is the first tough test of the year for all the teams, and we mastered this challenge in style,” Milner said. “This was my first race at this circuit. Winning this kind of marathon at the first attempt is something I will certainly never forget. We had absolutely no problems and the team spirit was great. … CONTINUED
Turner Motorsports provides an update on their new Rolex GT M3 build for next season’s Grand-Am series, which will replace their M6. Here, they discuss the widebody full carbon fiber bodywork and dealing with the heat generated from the engine compartment.
Last season was Turner Motorsports’ first in the Rolex Sports Car Series, after competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge since 2004.
Video describing the roots of the BMW M3, from the E30 M3′s motorsport beginnings to the E92 M3 and its return of BMW to DTM racing.
Here is a video covering the GS Bildeler Supercharged E92 M3 2010-year-in-review. The GS Bilderer E92 M3 is primarily a competition drift car powered by a ESS VT2 supercharger putting down 650hp and 500 lb-ft torque.
German F1 racer Nick Heidfeld, we all know from the Williams F1 and now Sauber days has used the words interesting to describe the notion of re-joining forces with BMW, but this time behind the wheel of a future DTM racer. Heidfeld admits that his career in F1 is not yet over, but he tells Auto Bild that he likes the idea of working with BMW again, for whom he was the top driver from 2006-2009. Considering that he is having trouble finding a seat for the coming years, this doesnt seem that far fetched an idea.
The driver line-up for the BMW M3 GT2 campaigns remains unchanged. Andy Priaulx (GB), Augusto Farfus (BR), Dirk Müller (DE), Dirk Werner (DE), Jörg Müller (DE), Uwe Alzen (DE), Dirk Adorf (DE) and Pedro Lamy (PT) will race the BMW M3 GT2. As last year, it is planned to contest the big 24-hour races in Europe. A final confirmation for racing at the Nürburgring (DE), in Le Mans (FR) and in Spa-Francorchamps (BE) will be made depending on regulation decisions and the categorisation of the BMW M3 GT2. Participation in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC) has yet to be confirmed for the same reason
The M3 GT2 racecar had some time in the spotlight on David Letterman’s show (who co-owns the Rahal-Letterman Racing Team) following BMW’s ALMS manufacturer championship. Letterman humorously asks BMW to send him one for commuting.