BMW Power in North America.


BMW Power in North America.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. BMW Power in North America.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) offers motorsport in its purest form and – thanks to the passionate fans – a unique atmosphere. It continues a long history of sports car racing in the USA and Canada – a history, in which BMW has always played a major role. Over 30 GT cars go head to head at iconic racetracks. BMW takes on strong opposition from manufacturers such as Corvette, Ford, Porsche and Ferrari. The classics in Daytona, Sebring and Road Atlanta are highlights.


Four drivers, two cars, one team.

BMW enjoys a works involvement in the IMSA series, where it is represented by BMW Team RLL. The Ohio-based outfit fields two BMW M6 GTLMs at the eleven race events across North America. The team fielded the 19th BMW Art Car at the classic in Daytona. Bill Auberlen, John Edwards, Alexander Sims and Martin Tomczyk are the regular drivers. As well as BMW Team RLL in the GTLM class, Turner Motorsport also runs the BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD class.



The BMW IWSC drivers.

Two drivers from the USA and two from Europe battled for points and podiums in 2017; mix that promises great success. Bill Auberlen and John Edwards were the regular drivers from the USA. They were assisted by Britain’s Alexander Sims, winner of the 24 Hours of Spa in 2016, and former DTM champion Martin Tomczyk from Germany. The quartet received back-up at the endurance races from DTM drivers Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler, as well as Kuno Wittmer and Nick Catsburg.

Mr. America.

Born in the USA – the combination of Bill Auberlen and BMW virtually guarantees success. The American is a BMW institution and has contested already 400 races at the wheel of cars from Munich. Auberlen was in his ninth season with BMW Team RLL in 2017. The American is a motorsport all-rounder: away from his successful career as a driver, which has seen him set a record of six wins in a row in a BMW M3 in the 2004 GRAND-AM Series, he also develops fast speedboats and high-performance motorcycles.

The Ardennes King.

For the fourth year in a row, Alexander Sims contested the GT season as a BMW works driver, but he was racing for the first time in North America this year. The biggest success of the Brit’s career so far came at Spa-Francorchamps in 2016. Driving alongside Maxime Martin and Philipp Eng, he won the 24 Hours of Spa in a ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3. He had previously demonstrated his talent in emphatic fashion in the European Le Mans Series, the Blancpain Endurance Series and the British GT Championship. Sims shared the BMW M6 GTLM with Bill Auberlen in 2017.

Record breaker.

John Edwards has been collecting records since he was a child. On 17th January 2004, aged just 12, he won a round of the Skip Barber Series in Daytona, making him the youngest winner of a single-seater race at that time. He took his next steps in Europe, where he raced in Formula Renault in 2005 and 2006 and became the youngest driver ever to receive an FIA racing licence. Edwards contested his fourth season with BMW Team RLL in 2017. In 2017, Edwards was victorious at the penultimate race of the season in Laguna Seca with his new team-mate Martin Tomczyk.

From the DTM to North America.

Successful racing drivers need bite and Martin Tomczyk certainly has that. He drove in the DTM for 16 years – finding the motivation every year to repeatedly show his class and win races. He achieved his major goal in 2011, when he won the Drivers’ Championship before switching to BMW with the number one car. He represented the brand in the DTM until 2016, when he moved to North America. He races alongside John Edwards in the BMW M6 GTLM in the IMSA series. GT sport is far from new territory for Tomczyk; the German has been a regular at the Nürburgring 24 Hours since 2013. He claimed his first win in his debut season in the IWSC: At the penultimate race of the season in Laguna Seca, he triumphed with team-mate John Edwards.
“Fantastic cars, iconic racetracks, high-class drivers, passionate fans – that is the IWSC.”
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.



BMW Motorsport and BMW Team RLL’s record in North America is five titles and a hat full of wins since 2009. It was back then that the cooperation began between BMW and Bobby Rahal – one of the most successful names in North American motorsport. However, Rahal does not run the team by himself. The acronym RLL stands for the three owners: Rahal, TV presenter David Letterman, and businessman Mike Lanigan. The team is based in Ohio. It is from there that operations are coordinated between BMW of North America and BMW Motorsport.


The IMSA season at a glance.

27th/28th January
17th March
14th April
Long Beach
6th May
1st July
Watkins Glen
8th July
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
21st July
Lime Rock Park
5th August
Road America
19th August
9th September
Laguna Seca
13th October
Road Atlanta




About Shell Lubricants

The term “Shell Lubricants” collectively refers to Shell Group companies engaged in the lubricants business. Shell sells a wide variety of lubricants to meet customer needs across a range of applications. These include consumer motoring, heavy-duty transport, mining, power generation and general engineering. Shell’s portfolio of lubricant brands includes Pennzoil, Quaker State, Shell Helix, Shell Rotella, Shell Tellus and Shell Rimula. We are active across the full lubricant supply chain. We manufacture base oils in eight plants, blend base oils with additives to make lubricants in over 50 plants, distribute, market and sell lubricants in over 100 countries.

We also provide technical and business support to customers. We offer lubricant-related services in addition to our product range. These include: Shell LubeMatch –the market leading product on-line recommendation tool, Shell LubeAdvisor - helps customers to select the right lubricant through highly trained Shell technical staff as well as online tools, and Shell LubeAnalyst - an early warning system that enables customers to monitor the condition of their equipment and lubricant, helping to save money on maintenance and avoid potential lost business through equipment failure.


Shell’s world-class technology works to deliver value to our customers. Innovation, product application and technical collaboration are at the heart of Shell lubricants. We have leading lubricants research centres in China, Germany, Japan (in a joint venture with Showa Shell), and the USA. We invest significantly in technology and work closely with our customers to develop innovative lubricants. We have a patent portfolio with 150 + patent series for lubricants, base oils and greases; more than 200 scientists and lubricants engineers dedicated to lubricants work in our research and development department.


Customer benefits include lower maintenance costs, longer equipment life and reduced energy consumption. One of the ways we push the boundaries of lubricant technology is by working closely with top motor racing teams such as Scuderia Ferrari. Shell scientists will also work alongside BMW Motorsport engineers to develop high-performance oils for use in BMW Motorsport race cars. This development will be on-going during testing and the course of each respective race season. These technical partnerships enable us to expand our knowledge of lubrication science and transfer cutting-edge technology from the racetrack to our commercial products. When BMW Motorsport races in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) and the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in 2016, it will be joined by Shell as its new Premium Technology Partner. From 2015, Shell is also the only recommended supplier of genuine BMW engine oil and BMW’s only recommended oil supplier for aftermarket engine oils.

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Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges.  Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to
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Chassis components made in Germany: the H&R range of chassis components for over 2,000 models of car is probably the largest in the world. H&R also develops and produces shock absorbers, wheel spacers, sway bars and other chassis components for customers around the globe.

To test new materials and technologies, H&R has participated for many years in top international motorsport events. This experience goes directly into development and production. H&R also manufactures technical springs, such as compression springs, tension springs, torsion and flat form springs, and is also involved in medical technology through a subsidiary.

H&R stands for premium-quality, innovative products that are made in Germany in stringent compliance with the quality assurance standards of DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.



Michelin has been involved in motorsport for more than 100 years as the leading tire manufacturer worldwide. Recently, for instance, the French company revolutionized Endurance racing worldwide by reducing dramatically the quantity of tires used during the events, while increasing the performance at the same time. Thanks to a continuous knowledge transfer between series production and motorsport, both areas have been supporting each other successfully for years. The brand with the Michelin Man has been a reliable racing sports partner of BMW for years.




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