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BMW Power Sweeps Top-Three Starting Positions for 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 24, 2013 . . . Racer Scott Pruett led an all-Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates charge to the front of the grid for the Rolex 24 at Daytona as BMW Power swept the top-three starting positions in today’s qualifying session for Saturday’s 51st annual twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.

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Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 24,  2013 . . . Racer Scott Pruett led an all-Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates charge to the front of the grid for the Rolex 24 at Daytona as BMW Power swept the top-three starting positions in today’s qualifying session for Saturday’s 51st annual twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.

 

Pruett, the defending GRAND-AM driver’s co-champion, drove the No. 01 TELMEX/Target BMW Riley to the pole position with a 1:40.553-minute lap around the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. Pruett will share the No. 01 machine this weekend with his season-long co-driver Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball.

 

Only .093 seconds behind Pruett, Scott Dixon followed with a 1:40.646-minute lap to place the No. 02 Target/TELMEX BMW Riley on the outside of the front row. Dixon will co-drive with Dario Franchitti, Jamie McMurray and Joey Hand.

 

Dane Cameron, driving the No. 42 Team Sahlen BMW Riley, qualified third with a 1:41.213-minute lap in the team’s debut Daytona Prototype weekend. Cameron will co-drive with Simon Pagenaud, Wayne Nonnamaker and Bruno Junqueira.

 

Scott Pruett – (first) - “I don’t think we could have written a better opening chapter to this weekend’s story than to qualify our cars 1-2 and have BMW go 1-2-3.  I want to dedicate this pole to one of our crew members, Sammy Gonzales, who lost his battle with cancer just prior to this qualifying session.”

 

Scott Dixon – (second) - “This is a great result for the team. We struggled with a few steering issues in the No. 02 car this morning that limited our time to make more improvements, but overall both cars are quick.”

 

Dane Cameron – (third) - “It is a long race, but third on the grid is a great way to reward the team for all their hard work and investment. We are new to this class so we really did not have any expectations today. We have just focused on learning what the car likes and I am pleasantly surprised to be so near the front.”

 

The Rolex 24 at Daytona will start at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Saturday, January, 26th. The race will be televised live on SPEED from green flag to 11 p.m and again from 9 a.m. to the checkered flag.

 

More information can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.grand-am.com.

 

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BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 115 MINI passenger car dealers, and 34 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

 

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at:  www.bmwgroupna.com

 

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