BMW Power in North America.


BMW Power in North America.

IMSA Series.BMW Power in North America.

The IMSA Series 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.


Two new BMW M8 GTEs for the anniversary.

The commitment in North America remains a central pillar of the BMW Motorsport racing programme in 2018. The partnership with BMW Team RLL is entering its tenth year. The first highlight for the team from Ohio came early on in the season: the newly-developed BMW M8 GTE made its race debut at the 24-hour race in Daytona. As well as BMW Team RLL in the GTLM class, Turner Motorsport will also be in action. The team will run the BMW M6 GT3 in the GTD class.



The BMW IMSA drivers.

Americans Connor De Phillippi and John Edwards will contest the entire season at the wheel of the two cars. De Phillippi is new to the BMW Motorsport family. The two regular European drivers are Alexander Sims and former BMW Motorsport Junior Jesse Krohn. New BMW NA Brand Ambassador Bill Auberlen, Nick Catsburg, Philipp Eng and Augusto Farfus will also be in action in the endurance races.

Connor De Phillippi

The GT Specialist.

The new face in the BMW Motorsport family: Connor De Phillippi joins BMW Motorsport for the 2018 season. “This is a dream come true for me. I am very proud to be a part of the BMW family. To drive for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing is a great success for me. I cannot thank them enough for giving me this opportunity,” said De Phillippi, who has earned a reputation as a genuine GT specialist in recent years. Among his achievements is victory at last year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours.
Alexander Sims

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. In 2018, Sims shares the cockpit of the number 25 BMW M8 GTE with Connor De Phillippi.
John Edwards

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 is contesting his fifth season for BMW Team RLL in 2018. He currently has two race wins and four podium finishes to his name. He will have a new team-mate in 2018, in the form of Jesse Krohn.
Jesse Krohn

The Upstart.

From “BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year” to regular IWSC driver: Jesse Krohn is the finest example of just how successful BMW Motorsport’s promotion of young drivers has been. The Finn was crowned “BMW Motorsport Junior of the Year” in 2014, the first year since the programme was realigned. Since then, he has been a permanent fixture in BMW’s driver line-up for international GT races. Even early on in his career, the Finn made a name for himself on the Formula racing scene, before increasingly switching to GT racing. Overall victory in the 2015 VLN Championship and second place in the European Le Mans Series did not go unnoticed, and he soon moved on to bigger and better things. In 2016 he lined up in the ADAC GT Masters at the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3. Last year, the Finn gained valuable experience in the Asian Le Mans Series. He also started alongside Jens Klingmann for the Turner Motorsport team in the GTD class of the IWSC.
“Fantastic cars, iconic racetracks, high-class drivers, passionate fans – that is the IMSA.”
Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director.



It was back in 2009 that the cooperation began between BMW Motorsport 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 record so far is an impressive one: five titles have already gone to the team in Ohio. Last season, RLL was victorious on four occasions and finished runner-up in both the Driver and Team championships.


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




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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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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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