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BMW Power Victorious at Road Atlanta; Wins in Rolex DP and Continental ST classes

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 21, 2013 . . . Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas were back on the top step of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series podium with a win in Saturday’s Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta, held at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga. The experienced pair combined to lead 94 of the 120 laps on the 2.54-mile circuit in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW Riley for their second win of the season and increase their lead in driver points as they race for a fourth consecutive Daytona Prototype Driver title.

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Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – April 21, 2013 . . . Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas were back on the top step of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series podium with a win in Saturday’s Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta, held at Road Atlanta, in Braselton, Ga. The experienced pair combined to lead 94 of the 120 laps on the 2.54-mile circuit in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW Riley for their second win of the season and increase their lead in driver points as they race for a fourth consecutive Daytona Prototype Driver title.

 

The No. 43 and 42 BMW Rileys of Team Sahlen finished 11th and 13th respectively. In the GT class Turner Motorsport drivers Paul Dalla Lana and Billy Johnson (substituting for Bill Auberlen) finished 7th in the No. 94 M3.

 

Earlier in the day, BMW won the Street Tuner class of the Continental Sports Car Challenge PWC 250 at Road Atlanta, finishing 1-2 to keep the marque at the top of the ST Manufacturer point standings. It was Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra first at the checkered flag in the No. 23 Burton Racing BMW 128i followed by Greg Strelzoff and Connor Bloum in the No. 80 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328. In the Grand Sport class, Fall-Line Motorsports drivers Al Carter and Hugh Plumb raced the No. 45 BMW M3 to an eighth place finish.

 

The race will be televised on SPEED on Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. ET.

 

“Congratulations to the entire CGRFS team,” said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager. “Two wins in the first four races of the season is an excellent way to begin. We saw last year how important every championship point is. Our hats are off to Burton Racing for their first Continental win. We knew it would not be long to see them on top of the podium. With the BMW Team RLL 1-2 at Long Beach this weekend, BMW won in every major sport car race in North America.”

 

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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, 117 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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