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2013 American Le Mans Series Media Information.

  • 12.02.2013
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The successful career of the BMW M3 GT in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), which featured team and manufacturer titles in 2010 and the driver, team and manufacturer triple in 2011, has come to an end. This season it is succeeded by the newly developed BMW Z4 GTE. The BMW Z4 GT3 has already claimed wins and titles in numerous series around the world. Now it is the turn of the GTE version of the BMW Z4 to add to BMW Motorsport’s success story in North America. In view of the merging of the ALMS and GRAND-AM Series, BMW fans in the US and Canada can look forward to a car that will allow BMW Team RLL to get back to competing for new triumphs in the ALMS as soon as possible. 

A mix of experience and youth will alternate at the wheel of the two cars, bearing the start numbers 55 and 56. Two-time ALMS GT champion Dirk Müller (DE) will race alongside Bill Auberlen (US), who contested his 200th race for BMW in 2012. BMW works driver and newcomer to the series Maxime Martin (BE) will share the second cockpit with Joey Hand (US), whose commitments in the DTM mean he is unable to contest the entire season, and 21-year-old John Edwards. Uwe Alzen (DE) and Jörg Müller (DE) will bolster BMW Team RLL at the endurance races at Sebring (US) and Road Atlanta (US). 

One particular appeal of the ALMS is the fact that five different classes of cars are out on the track at the same time. That means a lot of traffic and big differences in speed, which demands the utmost concentration from all the drivers. BMW Team RLL lines up in the GT class with the BMW Z4 GTE. 

Just as it did last season, the 2013 ALMS race calendar consists of ten races. New to the schedule is the race on 21st September at the “Circuit of the Americas” in Austin (US), which made its debut on the Formula One calendar in 2012. The season opens with the 12 Hours of Sebring on 16th March. The “Petit Le Mans” at Road Atlanta will once again provide the stage for the grand finale on 19th October.

ALMS Media Information contents (pdf available for download):

Foreword. Jörg Kottmeier.

Media Service.

Digital Channels.

The 2013 season.

Interview with Jens Marquardt.

New and hungry. BMW Z4 GTE.

Technical specifications.

Farewell to the BMW M3 GT.

Team & Drivers.

Interview with Bobby Rahal.

Bill Auberlen. Profile, Career, Interview.

Maxime Martin. Profile, Career, Interview.

Dirk Müller. Profile, Career, Interview.

Joey Hand. Profile, Career, Interview.

John Edwards. Profile, Career, Interview.

Uwe Alzen. Profile, Career.

Jörg Müller. Profile, Career.

2013 ALMS races.

New challenges. BMW in racing.

Side by side. Partners.


If you have any questions regarding this press release, please contact:

BMW Group
Ingo Lehbrink

Tel.: +49-89-382-76003
Fax: +49-89-382-28567
E-mail: ingo.lehbrink@bmw.de

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