Munich. The 1999 Le Mans winner, the BMW V12 LMR, will continue its career in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Two open-top prototypes, powered by the 580 bhp V12 engine, will once again be lining up on the starting grid in the USA. JJ Lehto (FIN) and Jörg Müller (D) will share a cockpit, whilst Bill Auberlen (USA) has been nominated as a driver for the second roadster.

BMW Motorsport Director Gerhard Berger: "The 1999 triumphs turned the BMW into the most successful sports car of the last two decades. We are convinced that, equipped with this car, first class drivers and an excellent team, we also stand a chance in the 2000 season. The competition in the ALMS will be even harder, but we only just missed the title in 1999 although we only ran in six of the eight races."

Dr. Mario Theissen, Motorsport Director and responsible for technology explains: "We are focused on the Formula 1 project. The BMW V12 will be modified to a moderate extent. We can prepare ourselves specifically for the demands of American races, where the emphasis lies on high downforce and winding tracks."

The BMW V12 LMR, under the direction of Team Manager Charly Lamm, won every contended race in 1999 apart from two, in which the car placed second.

Stuck also to race again in the ALMS

Hans-Joachim Stuck will again be at the wheel of a BMW M3 for BMW Team PTG in the ALMS, competing in the GT category. The ALMS season will have twelve races, of which the highlights will be the 12 Hours of Sebring on 18 March which will be the season’s opener, the 1,000 mile "Petit Le Mans" race in Atlanta as well as the planned final on new year’s eve in Adelaide (AUS). Races are also planned in Europe including an event in Germany, to accompany the races in the USA, an important export market for BMW.