U.S. Olympic Bobsledder Steven Holcomb to Serve as Grand Marshal.
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – June 25, 2014 . . . BMW will
play a major role in the June 28-29 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
weekend when the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship races at the
classic Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, New York. In
addition to pacing the races with the all-new 2015 BMW M3 Sedan, BMW
has invited a special driver to be the Grand Marshal. Steven Holcomb,
2010 four-man Olympic gold medalist and 2014 two-man and four-man
Olympic bronze medalist, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the race
and give the “Start Your Engines” command.
As part of a multi-year collaboration with the USA Bobsled &
Skeleton Federation (USBSF), BMW applied its engineering and design
expertise to the redesign of a new two-man bobsled for use by Team USA
at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. In October 2013, a fleet of
six new BMW U.S. two-man bobsleds were delivered to Team USA marking
the completion of a project that replaced a 20-year-old platform.
Team USA secured three medals in the two-man bobsled competition at
the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, with the men winning its first
U.S. medal in the event since 1952 and the women stepping to the
podium twice winning both the silver and bronze medals. A
prototype of the bobsled will be shown at the BMW USA Classic display
in the paddock, along with three important BMW M3 racing machines
spanning some 20 years of racing history in North America.
Additionally, instructors from the BMW Performance Driving School, in
Greer, SC, will bring a number of ultra-high performance BMW cars to
give rides around the 3.37-mile, 11-turn circuit.
“BMW racing fans will have much to see and cheer about this weekend
with over fifteen BMW race cars competing throughout the weekend,”
said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager.
“Having recently completing a test program with our own Z4
race cars, we are ready for the challenges of a fast-paced six-hour
race. Of course, we are proud of our partnership with Team USA and the
USBSF, so having Steven Holcomb here this weekend is exciting for the
team. Steven sure knows a thing or two about speed, so to have him
cheering for us is really special”.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen will take the green flag at 11:15
a.m. ET Sunday, June 29th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox
Sports 1 with coverage beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. For
“from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend, follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter
at @BMWUSARacing, as
well as Grand Marshal Steven Holcomb at @StevenHolcomb. More
information on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.
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