BimmerWorld Upbeat For Mid Ohio SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race Mansfield, Ohio - With rain in the forecast, the Bimmerworld team has been busy preparing for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Round 3 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World ...
BimmerWorld Upbeat For Mid Ohio SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race
Mansfield, Ohio - With rain in the forecast, the Bimmerworld team has been busy preparing for Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Round 3 of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race, May 19-21. The green flag will fall Sunday, May 21 at 3:15PM and the race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel, Saturday, May 27 at 8pm Eastern Time.
Since arriving back at the BimmerWorld shop following the St. Petersburg race, team owner, James Clay and the crew have been developing their all-new BMW E90 race cars.
"The development of the new BMW E90 has been going well," said Clay. "We arrived at Mid-Ohio early this week to get in some test time. Unfortunately, the weather has not been cooperating. As a result, we made a decision to focus on the #38 E90 for Seth Thomas and put Dave Scott and myself in the E45s. The guys at the BimmerWorld shop have done their homework on the E90. And though it will be just the one car, I am excited about our debut."
"Mid Ohio is not the best RWD track, except maybe in the days before the E46 was regulated," continued James, reflecting on the upcoming race. "So the track will be challenging. Seth (Thomas) and I drove the newly paved track today in another BMW - it was nice to get a preview of the new surface and I think it will prove to be helpful."
"Rain will be a factor and the new track surface seems exceptionally slick when wet," added Clay. "My previous best results in World Challenge at Mid Ohio were in the rain driving our old BMW E36s back in 2003. So actually, I see some advantage to the conditions."
Seth Thomas expressed his enthusiasm of getting back on track after the long hiatus since St. Petersburg.
"We haven't had much of a break from driving in the last few weeks," expressed Seth. "We have spent a lot of time testing and getting the new E90 ready for its debut this weekend. I feel like I am ready to race."
"James and I also spent the day at Mid Ohio driving an older chassis BMW in the wet and in the dry on the newly paved track," Seth added. "I think this has definitely helped us prepare for the weekend... especially after such a long break in the World Challenge schedule. Mid Ohio is a great track for us. It is the track where I received my racing license and I always look forward to returning here."
"I am very excited about the new car," said Thomas. "The last few months I have only seen pictures of the cars. When I saw the BimmerWorld E90 for the first time I was in awe. It is a beautiful racecar. The guys in the shop have made it a work of art. I can't wait to get it on track and race!"
Dave Scott will join the Bimmerworld team for this week's event.
"I'm really looking forward to being a part of the Bimmerworld team," said Scott, "and I'm excited to make my World Challenge Touring Car debut at Mid-Ohio. Having raced there before, I know how challenging it is. I also know how much of an equalizer the track can be on both the cars and drivers."
"We're all pretty aware of the likelihood of rain," Dave acknowledged. "It's going to present quite a challenge on a slippery, newly paved track. Fortunately, I have the confidence that the Bimmerworld crew will give me a top-notch car and having Seth and James as teammates will be an added bonus for me."