BMW to present Grand-Am season finale

Press Release
Contact: Rick Roso, rick/ 860.435.5000

BMW to Present Grand-Am Finale Weekend at Lime Rock Park

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Sept. 13) – BMW of North America will be the title sponsor of Grand-Am’s final Rolex Sports Car Series race of 2012. The event name is the “Grand-Am Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park presented by BMW.”

BMW of North America and Lime Rock Park have been fast friends for more than two decades. Considered its home track, BMW is the official car of Lime Rock Park and provides the circuit’s pace cars, medical response SAVs and other support vehicles. Each of the weekend’s championship-deciding races will be paced by the iconic BMW M3.

On July 6, the BMW M3 Coupe Lime Rock Park Edition was announced in honor of the longstanding relationship. In October, the first of the 200 limited edition Fire Orange coupes will be delivered.

“BMW and Lime Rock Park have been working together for more than 25 years and we are proud to support the Grand-Am finale weekend at such an historic track,” said Larry Koch, BMWNA Motorsport Manager. “We look forward to an exciting weekend of racing.”

Skip Barber, Lime Rock Park president, said, “We are extremely pleased that BMW has sponsored the Grand-Am race weekend. Lime Rock and BMW have a long and valued relationship, and this presenting sponsorship is, I think, a perfect fit. There is a lot of excitement building up surrounding Grand-Am’s season finale here, especially with its typically close points standings. When drivers and teams know they have just one chance to grab a title, well, it changes things in the cockpit – and in pit lane. The fans are going to get a terrific show.”

Between the two always competitive Grand-Am series – the Rolex Sports Car Series (Daytona Prototypes and Grand Touring) and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series (Grand Sport and Street Tuner) – no less than 11 season championships will be decided in the Grand-Am finale at Lime Rock, September 28 and 29.

In Rolex Sports Car, the DP Driver, Team, Engine and Chassis titles are all up for grabs. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, drivers for the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team (BMW-Riley), lead the points standings heading into the finale; Ganassi/Sebates leads the team standings.

In GT, the Manufacturer championship is still being fought for; last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato clinched the Drivers’ title and their team, AIM Autosport Team FXDD, clinched the team championship.

In both GS and ST divisions in Continental Tire, the Driver, Team and Manufacturer points chases are all wide open.

BMW drivers participate in every class of Grand-Am’s Rolex Sports Car and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) and, in recent years, have raced to great success. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have driven the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW-powered Riley to a sweep of the Daytona Prototype class Engine Manufacturer, Team and Driver championships for two consecutive seasons. The duo brings a 13 point lead in the Driver standings to Lime Rock Park. In the Rolex GT class, Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana have won two races this season in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3. Last year, Dalla Lana won the CTSCC Grand Sport Driver’s title with a Turner Motorsport M3. He was also awarded the 2011 BMW Sport Trophy as the most successful privateer BMW driver in the world. BMW currently stands second in the CTSCC Grand Sport class and leads the Street Tuner class.

The Grand-Am Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park presented by BMW includes three championship races. The 2.5-hour Continental Tire Challenge Street Tuner (ST) goes green at 3:20 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28; the 2.5-hour CTSCC Grand Sport (GS) race starts at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29; and the 2.75-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race begins at 3:00 p.m.

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