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Crowne Plaza® Resort Lake Placid – Golf Club

A stunning location awaits our heroes of Motorsport. The breath-taking views of Whiteface Mountain and Mirror Lake provide the backdrop to a location that’s renowned worldwide for being an Olympic Village – twice over.

Many people use Lake Placid as a base from which to climb the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondack Mountains but if you’re not one for heady heights then there are plenty more things to see and do including fly-fishing in the nearby Ausable River, bobsleighing, skiing or simply visiting the town’s wide selection of boutiques and restaurants. 

Excellent facilities, luxurious stay

Upon their arrival, Andy and Joey discover that they’re staying at the Crowne Plaza® Resort Lake Placid - Golf Club. They’re over the moon when they learn that it’s ideally placed to nearby attractions and adjacent to the Olympic Sports Complex which offers state-of-the-art facilities and is home to the only 45 hole, award-winning golf club in the Adirondacks.

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A shock revelation

Dropping their bags off in reception, Andy starts to get something off of his chest, “You know for once, there’s are so many great things to do, I’m stuck to decide which to go for first.” Joey on the other hand has no such problem, “Well, there’s only one thing for it then – we go where I want to go – bobsleighing.” Andy is quick to change his mind, “Oh we can’t have that can we. All of a sudden I’ve got an idea! Fly-fishing.” Looks like the pair have a battle on their hands.  

Teeing off for the decider 

With the award-winning golf course just a hop, skip and a jump away, Andy and Joey head off to decide who gets to visit their chosen attraction first. 

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BMW Finishes 2nd and 10th at Laguna Seca; Auberlen and Priaulx Extend Championship Lead with Team’s Fourth Consecutive Podium

With a last lap pass in the final turn of today’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Bill Auberlen, driving the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTLM, secured the fourth consecutive BMW Team RLL podium finish of the 2014 season.

 
The runner-up finish keeps Auberlen and co-driver Andy Priaulx at the top of the driver points standings and BMW Team RLL in the lead in team points. The duo completed 84 laps during the two-hour race, finishing 4.710 seconds behind the winning Corvette.
Priaulx, starting from fifth place, drove the opening 50 minutes of the race before handing off to Auberlen from third on lap 36. As competitors pitted the veteran cycled to the lead. Pitting for fuel and a fresh set of Michelin tires on lap 63 he resumed his charge back to the front from fifth. Setting the fastest lap of the race (1:23.195 minutes) on the 71st lap of the race, he passed the No. 62 Ferrari for third place on lap 79. He had a spirited battle with the No. 911 Porsche for the remaining five laps, ultimately passing for second.
 
The race of teammates John Edwards and Dirk Müller, in the No. 56 BMW Z4 GTLM, was affected by a vibration that forced starting driver Edwards to pit on lap 22 and later in closing stages of the race when Müller was penalized for avoidable contact and called to the pit lane for a stop-and-go penalty. They finished 10th.
 
“Bill did a great job in the No. 55 car at the end, but the Porsche ran him off the road twice,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “It is good to be on the podium again and good for Bill and Andy for their championship. This is our third second place here, and we need to do something about that. It was a hard race today. We took a different pit strategy to the other cars. It worked, but it is a shame the number 56 car got penalized.”
 
Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “Anyone who knows me and has raced against me all these years will tell you I race clean, but when I try to pass another car on the outside of 11 and they slam the door and then do it again on the next lap I am really unhappy. Andy did a great job and he was staying with everybody. You can’t ask anything else of a team mate as he handed me a perfect car. It is great to finish second and extend our lead in the championship.”
 
Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “I am really happy. I had a good stint. I had good tire degradation, saved fuel and handed the car over to Bill in a really good position. I have never been here before and I think I had a very strong weekend. It is great to be coming out of here still leading the championship. That was my goal and I achieved that today. I was watching what happened to Bill and he was driven wide twice. At the end of the day I go home really happy. We worked really hard on the car yesterday after qualifying. Although it was my first time here I wasn’t quite where I wanted to be. But for the race I had a perfect set up and was able to have a really strong race.”
 
John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “It was a frustrating race as our Z4 was really quick. I had a little moment when a prototype passed me on the inside where I thought I could stay ahead one more corner and let him by on the straight. But he came off the brake and was beside me so I had to brake harder to tuck in and locked the up tires. So that gave us a big flat spot and forced us to look at an alternative strategy to the one discussed before the race. We decided to take a chance since I was losing time because of the flat spot.  Some rough racing put us out of the race and, unfortunately, we came away with good points here.”
 
Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “It is a real shame because we had a really good day going. I had a great car and we were quick. John did a good job, but everybody was playing tactics and basically it was a big train in the beginning. We changed our strategy and I think it paid off because I was mega quick. Then there was that incident with Ollie (Gavin) at the end. I got the penalty. Obviously, I have a different view on that. It was not my intention to have contact with him and I am sorry for that. Nevertheless the race was ruined and our podium went away.”
 
Today’s race was the final one in a very successful weekend for BMW worldwide.
On Saturday John Edwards and Trent Hindman drove the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 to the overall victory in the 2.5-hour Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Laguna Seca. On Sunday morning West Coast fans woke up to the news of BMW’s win at Hockenheim in the opening round of the 2014 DTM series. Marco Wittmann drove to the marque’s 60th DTM victory in the debut for the all-new BMW M4 DTM. Back at Laguna Seca, Sunday afternoon saw another BMW first as Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala drove the No. 94 Turner Motorsport Z4 GTD to its first victory in North America – in only the car’s third IMSA race.
 
Round Five of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Sahlen’s Six hours of The Glen, will take place at Watkins Glen International, in Watkins Glen, NY, on Sunday, June 29th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 11:00 a.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More information on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.
 

Third Time’s a Charm for Edwards and Hindman; Duo Wins CTSCC Race at Laguna Seca to Increase Grand Sport Lead

Following two consecutive second place finishes in the opening rounds of the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series, John Edwards and Trent Hindman stepped on the top of the podium by winning today’s race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Starting from a second consecutive Grand Sport class pole position the No. 46 Fall-Line Motorsport BMW M3 drivers completed 75 laps of the 2.238-mile, 11-turn circuit in the two-and-one-half-hour race, finishing .473 seconds ahead of the field. They led the most laps with Hindman holding the point for seven laps during his stint and Edwards leading 33 laps in the second half of the race. The win was the first victory for 18-year old Hindman in only the eighth race of his young career. Fall-Line teammates Shelby Blackstock and Ashley Freiberg finished seventh in the No. 48 BMW M3.
 
BMW drivers finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the Street Tuner class. The No. 23 Burton Racing BMW 128i of Terry Borcheller and Mike LaMarra finished fourth. Bimmerworld Racing drivers finished fifth and sixth, the No. 81 BMW 328 of Tyler Cooke and Gregory Liefooghe fifth and the No. 82 BMW 328 of Daniel Rogers and Seth Thomas sixth.

A delighted Hindman said, “I raced five CTSCC races last season with Fall-Line, getting my first podium here at Laguna Seca with Charles Espenlaub. Now I have my first win and it really feels great. I’m not sure they realized that I’m only 18 when they handed me the champagne, but don’t worry – I didn’t drink it.”

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BMW Finishes 2nd and 6th at Long Beach; BMW Remains at the Front of the GTLM Driver and Team Points Standings

Third race, third podium: BMW Team RLL raced to a third consecutive podium in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, finishing second and sixth in today’s Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach.
 
John Edwards and Dirk Müller scored their first podium finish of the season, racing the No. 56 Z4 GTLM to second place. Completing 75 laps around the 1.968-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit, the duo finished 5.408 seconds behind the winning No. 3 Corvette in the 100-minute race. Edwards and Müller ran a flawless race with Edwards starting from third and moving to second on the first lap. A slower prototype car got in between the GTLM leader and Edwards effectively ending his chance to attack. He handed off to Müller on lap 31 and the BMW Motorsport driver had a great battle to hold off the No. 4 Corvette for the remaining hour of the race. Today’s result moves the pair to fourth in the GTLM points standings.
 
Bill Auberlen and Andy Priaulx had a disappointing finish to an excellent start, finishing sixth in the No. 55 Z4 GTLM. Priaulx started the race from the second position, dropping behind Edwards on the first lap. The teammates ran nose-to-tail for 40 minutes before Edwards pitted on lap 31. As Priaulx entered the pit lane on lap 32 he nicked the wall and knocked off the right side mirror. Auberlen had to wait an extra 15 seconds for the crew to replace the door, rejoining the race in eighth place. The defending race winner put his head down, passing the No. 62 Ferrari on lap 35 and the No. 91 Viper 16 laps later. The remaining 24 laps were not enough to make up one more position, with Auberlen finishing off the podium for the first race this season in sixth, but with enough points to retain the lead in the driver points standings.
 
“Second was a good finish for us today,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “We got held up in the beginning by one of the prototypes, and that really was the difference. It was unfortunate that Andy just touched the wall when he came in and took the mirror off. By the time they replaced the door they had lost valuable time. I was disappointed for the 55 car, but they scored points and kept the championship lead.”
 
Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager added, “Overall, I believe we can consider this a good weekend for BMW. Fulfilling our objective of leaving Long Beach with the championship lead is important, as well as continuing our streak of podium finishes. Congratulations to Dirk and John and the No. 56 crew.”
 
John Edwards, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “This is my first podium of the year and my first podium at Long Beach. It was a really hard fight, especially with the prototype at the beginning when we lost too much ground, and with no yellows throughout the race we could never make it up. I am happy with second considering all the variables, but I really think we had the pace to pressure Magnussen and Garcia if we hadn’t been delayed at the beginning.”
 
Dirk Müller, driver No. 56 Z4 GTLM – “Sometimes there are second places that come easily, but this was not one of those. John did a fantastic job in the beginning and really had a good start and moved up to second. Unfortunately the prototype in front us slowed us and allowed the leader get away. There were no yellows, which was good for the spectators, but unlucky for us. I had lots of understeer, which meant I could not attack, but my car was quick enough to keep Tommy (Milner) behind me.”

Bill Auberlen, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “That was certainly not the finish we wanted! All you can ask for is to have a car capable of winning. We had that today, but a bit of bad luck cost us. Fortunately, we did not lose the lead in the championship. If that was our bad luck for the year we’ll take it.”
 
Andy Priaulx, driver No. 55 Z4 GTLM – “From the moment the Z4 left the pits to the moment I jumped out of it I felt really strong. Unfortunately, I had some bad luck. I got delayed by the prototypes and that cost us some seconds on the way into the pits. I lost the mirror and that cost us some more time. Unfortunately in a short race like this you can’t have that happen. There were no yellows and we just needed one to be back up there. It is just disappointing we are not where we wanted to be, but we are still leading the championship.”
 
Round Four of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Monterey Grand Prix, will take place at Laguna Seca Raceway, in Monterey, Calif., on Sunday, May 4th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET. Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend. More information on the program can be found at www.bmwusa.com and www.imsa.com.