The streets of Long Beach: stomping grounds for Team RLL for the past 4 consecutive years. With at least one position on the ALMS podium claimed every year since 2009, 2013 only adds to a growing tally of wins for the team.
4:00 AM came earlier than expected. We were 2500 miles away from home, en route to the Daytona International Speedway for the grand unveiling of the all new BMW Z4 GTE, long before the sun had even considered making an appearance. The track sat silent and empty, and BMW’s crew had yet to arrive. Tucked away in the paddock bays sat BMW’s lineage of race cars, ranging from the Donohue E34 M5 to last year’s ALMS E92 twins.
On February 5, 17 years ago, the 24 Hours of Daytona would mark the start of the 1995 IMSA GTS-2 season. More importantly, it would mark the start of BMW’s all-new GTS-2 M3 program. Organized in just 60 short days, a pair of E36 M3s that mirrored their showroom counterparts took to the infamous Florida track, to which they qualified pole and third on their first-ever outing.
Last week, Andrew and I packed our bags for Ohio, Andrew’s home turf and old stomping grounds. We’d be joining BMW Team RLL for the sixth race of the ALMS series, this time at the classic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The summer humidity was a literal warm-welcome back to our home-side of the country. The lush green grass and midwestern trees offered the perfect setting for the latest American Le Mans Series race; the perfect contrast to the sands of Laguna Seca.
A mere 6 hours away from the STANCE|WORKS headquarters lies one of the most well-known race tracks in the world. The (Mazda) Laguna Seca Raceway has been lapped time and time again by nearly every PlayStation and X-Box owning gearhead on the planet, yet the opportunity to experience the circuit first hand is little more than a distant wish for most of us.