Utah: BMW/Rahal Letterman Racing preview

The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team makes its final trip west this season when it travels to Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah, for the July 11th Round 4 of the 2010 American Le Mans Series. With four podium finishes in the first three...

The BMW Rahal Letterman Racing Team makes its final trip west this season when it travels to Miller Motorsports Park, in Tooele, Utah, for the July 11th Round 4 of the 2010 American Le Mans Series.

With four podium finishes in the first three races of the season, BMW stands second in GT manufacturer points. BMW M3 GT co-drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Muller, along with Bill Auberlen and Tommy Milner, stand third and fourth in Driver points respectively.

The team recently tested for two days at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga., to prepare for the heart of the season that will see five races within the next eight weeks.

"We are happy that the June break in the ALMS schedule has concluded," said Martin Birkmann, BMW of North America Motorsport Manager. "Our test at Road Atlanta provided good development data for the hottest months, and I am confident that we can carry the momentum from the first half of the season into the summer blitz."

"Our guys have been eager to get back into the battle and we are eagerly anticipating this weekend's race at Miller Motorsports Park," said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. "We have run some good tests over the Le Mans break and we will continue our pattern of improvement. The team is ready. I know the drivers are ready and we should start the second half of the season with a strong race."

Following a test session on Friday, official practice begins on Saturday with two one-hour practice sessions before a 20-minute qualifying session at 2:55 p.m. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix is scheduled to start at 2:35 p.m. The two-hour-and-forty- five-minute contest will be broadcast same-day on SPEED television beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Joey Hand, Driver, No. 90 M3 GT: "The race at Miller Motorsports Park was one of our toughest races last year, but I think that race was a turning point for the team. We have continued the development of tire compounds, suspension, and damper control so we effectively have a whole new program this time around and I plan for us to continue our podium streak."

Dirk Muller, Driver, No. 90 M3 GT: "I'm proud to have raced the BMW Art Car at Le Mans and now I'm looking forward to the next exciting round of ALMS competition. After a dramatic race at Laguna Seca I know the BMW-RLR guys have prepared our M3 GT machines to score more points for the championship. We really want to win."

Bill Auberlen, Driver, No. 92 M3 GT: "Miller has become one of my favorite tracks. This team never rests and is constantly thinking of new ways to go faster. With a little luck maybe I believe we can find our way to victory lane this year. BMW has captured the podium in every race this season, and that really gives you an idea of how far we have come."

Tommy Milner, Driver, No. 92 M3 GT: "I'm stoked to get back to racing again. The test at Road Atlanta went very well. The heat was intense so Dunlop was able to gather some very good data. If we see the expected hot conditions in Utah, we will be prepared. We're in the hunt for a championship and I'll be working hard to get back on the podium at Miller."

-source: bmw rlr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Dirk Müller , Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Tommy Milner