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BMW M Team RLL Closes Out 2022 IMSA Season and BMW M4 GT3 GTD PRO Campaign at Petit Le Mans; Jesse Krohn Returns.

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 27, 2022 . . . With testing already started for next year’s BMW M Hybrid V8 GTP class contender, BMW M Team RLL will return its focus on the final race for the BMW M4 GT3 at this Saturday’s MOTUL Petit Le Mans.

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Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – Sept. 27, 2022 . . . With testing already started for next year’s BMW M Hybrid V8 GTP class contender, BMW M Team RLL will return its focus on the final race for the BMW M4 GT3 at this Saturday’s MOTUL Petit Le Mans.

The final endurance race of the year at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta is always a season highlight and this year is looking to be especially exciting with the increasing potential of a hurricane heading North from the Gulf of Mexico and the return of Jesse Krohn to the driver lineup. Jesse last raced with BMW M Team RLL at Petit last year, putting the BMW M8 GTE on the pole. The Finnish racer spent four seasons with BMW Team M RLL, 2018 – 2021, co-driving to 15 podium finishes, including the 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona victory.

Season-long drivers Connor De Phillippi and John Edwards currently stand fifth in GTD PRO driver points. The duo scored a season’s-best third-place finish at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Connor De Phillippi (No. 25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3): “Petit Le Mans is always one of my top three events for the year and the track itself is one of my favorites. Quite a few of the teams have tested there in the last weeks and I’m confident that our M4 GT3 will be up to the task to fight for a win when the checkered flag flies on Saturday evening. Only thing we need is a smooth weekend and I know we can get a great result for BMW Team RLL.”

John Edwards (No. 25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3): “Road Atlanta has been good to me with quite a few podiums, but I am still missing that elusive Petit Le Mans victory. Our BMWs have always been fast there and I have no doubt that the M4 GT3 will be the same. Petit is a very intense event, especially with a nighttime finish that always leads to some frantic battles.”

Jesse Krohn (No. 25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3): “I am super happy to return to the U.S. and Petit Le Mans. I truly enjoy Road Atlanta. Originally, I was not scheduled to join the team, but when the call came, I said yes right away. I’m looking forward to seeing all my friends and hopefully helping to contribute to another BMW M Team RLL victory.”

The MOTUL Petit Le Mans weekend begins with practice on Thursday, Sept. 29. Qualifying takes place Friday, with the green flag waving Saturday at 12:10 p.m.

Live coverage is available through a combination of NBC network, USA Network and Peacock. IMSA Radio also provides flag-to-flag broadcast.

BMW Group in America

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 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a

technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and manufactures the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 Sports Activity Vehicles. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 350 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers,146 BMW motorcycle retailers, 105 MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 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.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing


BMW’s partner, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, based in Indianapolis, Indiana and co-owned by three-time INDYCAR Champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, former CBS Late Show host David Letterman and Mi-Jack co-owner Mike Lanigan, has been competing for over three decades. Prior to the start of their 31st season of competition in 2022, the team had compiled 54 victories, 66 poles, 222 podium finishes, three series championships (1992, 2010, 2011), claimed two Indianapolis 500 victories (Buddy Rice in 2004, Takuma Sato in 2020) and two Rolex 24 at Daytona victories. In 2009 the team joined BMW of North America to campaign the new BMW M3 in the American Le Mans Series. The following year the team won both the Manufacturer and Team Championships in the GT category and swept all three GT titles - Manufacturer, Team, and Driver – in 2011. In 2012, the team finished second in the Team Championship and third in the Manufacturer Championship and in 2013, the team finished second in the Driver, Team, and Manufacturer Championship. From 2014 to 2021, BMW Team RLL competed in the GTLM class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a two-car program and brought their total to 22 wins – including the 2019 and 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance races, 28

poles and 94 podium finishes prior to the start of the 2022 season. The team earned second-place finishes in the Manufacturer, Team, and Driver championships in 2015 and 2017 and were the 2020 Michelin North American Endurance Champions. For 2022, BMW M Team RLL will compete in the GTD Pro class while simultaneously ramping up for a two-car program in the much-anticipated LMDh class of IMSA for 2023.

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