BimmerWorld Aiming For More Success At Mid-Ohio This weekend's Mid-Ohio race brings great memories for the BimmerWorld/GearWrench team after claiming their first Series win in 2007. But two years later, the team is only focused on looking...
BimmerWorld Aiming For More Success At Mid-Ohio
This weekend's Mid-Ohio race brings great memories for the BimmerWorld/GearWrench team after claiming their first Series win in 2007. But two years later, the team is only focused on looking forward and writing a new chapter into the history books.
Mid Ohio Victory in '07 Great memories from the BimmerWorld/GearWrench first Series win in 2007
Dublin, Virginia's BimmerWorld Racing has won at four of the nine tracks on the 2009 SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series calendar, and it was Mid-Ohio, the site of this weekend's race, where that first win happened two years ago. While some teams might be wrapped up in nostalgia, that's not BimmerWorld's style.
"We're a forward looking company," said James Clay, team owner and driver of the #36 BimmerWorld/GearWrench BMW E90 entry, "so we're always training our eyes on the next race and the next improvements to our cars. But if I look back, Mid-Ohio has been a strong circuit for us in recent years."
After starting the ambitious process of building and developing the BMW E90 racing chassis for the 2006 SPEED TC season from scratch, it took less than a year for BimmerWorld to find victory circle at Mid-Ohio.
"This series moves so fast," said Clay, "it feels like that win came a decade ago. If you were to look beneath the skin of our BMWs today, you'd see just about every part and piece from that winning car has been developed and improved. That's the nature of our business."
As they've done from the outset, BimmerWorld uses their World Challenge racing campaign to test and develop components for their line of high performance BMW parts aimed at the street and track. By racing 3-Series BMWs, Clay has seen how his team's progress and accomplishments have drawn attention to his core BMW parts and service business.
"The support of BMW owners everywhere has been wonderful. They understand that what we do in World Challenge mirrors exactly what we do on the shop floor and by developing aftermarket components with our partners. We won at Mid-Ohio in 2007 with the car at one stage of development, and came back last year with another year's development under the car. 2009 will be no different, and our customers will continue to benefit from what we learn in World Challenge."
Last year's Mid-Ohio race would see BimmerWorld's Seth Thomas, a two-time winner in 2009, earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award after a storming drive where the Georgia-native passed no fewer than nine cars.
"The Mid-Ohio track rewards handling, and that's why I think we've done well here over the years," said Thomas. "It's great to race in front of such huge crowds and alongside the IndyCars and the American Le Mans Series. The fans have come to expect some of the greatest racing of the weekend to come from the Touring Cars, and all three of our BimmerWorld/GearWrench cars can be expected to give the spectators their money's worth."
Like his teammates, Nick Esayian can't wait for the Mid-Ohio round every year. The jovial driver is known for his passion and humor outside of the car, but when it's time to buckle into his #34 Debt Cures BMW this weekend, he'll be fighting hard to improve upon his best career finish of 4th last month at Watkins Glen.
"Mid-Ohio is certainly one of the races I circle on the calendar each year. My BMW has been a joy to drive this year and really think it will be well suited for what Mid-Ohio demands from a car. Our engineer Wayne Yawn has been crunching the numbers really hard to make the cars fast and Jason Marks and our crew has been working like mad to give us the best BMWs possible. I've also been working my tail off in the gym -- it's usually pretty hot and humid at this race -- so I can't wait to get things underway."