Sears Point and Portland BMW Preview

July 22, 1999 Next Entry for BMW V12 Le Mans Roadsters Munich. For stages four and five of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the BMW Motorsport team will be traveling to the North American west coast: On July 25, two BMW V12 LMR will be at...

July 22, 1999

Next Entry for BMW V12 Le Mans Roadsters

Munich. For stages four and five of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the BMW Motorsport team will be traveling to the North American west coast: On July 25, two BMW V12 LMR will be at the starting line in Sears Point, north of San Francisco. One week later, on August 1, they will be taking on the competition in Portland, Oregon.

Each race will run two hours and 45 minutes; the drivers of the open sports cars will be Bill Auberlen (USA), J.J. Lehto (FIN), Steve Soper (GB) and Joachim Winkelhock (Ger).

Working in parallel with Formula 1 preparations and after the 24 hours race of Le Mans, where Yannick Dalmas (Fra), Pierluigi Martini (Italy) and Winkelhock captured a celebrated victory, BMW Motorsport is now giving priority to the ALMS.

Another three races are on the agenda of the new series by the end of the racing season: The 1000-mile "petit Le Mans" race at Road Atlanta (September 18) as well as shorter distances at Laguna Seca (October 10) and San Diego (November 7). At the kick-off race, of the American Le Mans Series, the 12 hours of Sebring, JJ Lehto, Jörg Müller and Tom Kristensen scored the first victory with the BMW V12 LMR.

BMW's commitment to the American Le Mans Series means entering races in the most important foreign market of the marque. In the first six months of 1999, BMW posted a new sales record in the United States: 78,110 vehicles sold represent a 17 percent increase over the same period of the previous year, which means that BMW in the first half of 1999 sold as many cars as during the entire year 1993

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tom Kristensen , J.J. Lehto , Yannick Dalmas , Jorg Muller , Bill Auberlen , Joachim Winkelhock , Steve Soper , JJ Lehto