BMW Celebrates 40th Anniversary of 1975 Sebring Victory

BMW Team RLL will with a commemorative livery on both BMW Z4 GTLM machines at the 63rd Annual 12 Hours of Sebring this Saturday, March 21st. The race marks the 40th anniversary of BMW’s first major sports car race victory in the US. BMW Team RLL will run a special livery on its two BMW Z4 GTLM race cars to honor the iconic BMW 3.0 CSL, which introduced BMW Motorsport GmbH to the US four decades ago.

BMW Team RLL at Sebring.

Joining BMW Team RLL at Sebring will be members of the 1975 BMW Motorsport team, including Jochen Neerpasch, the first BMW Motorsport Director. Two of the original drivers will be honored with Brian Redman and Hans Stuck attending as special guest. Mr. Stuck has been honored with the role of Grand Marshall of the 2015 race, and will drive an honorary lap in a 3.0 CSL before the green flag flies.

BMW Team RLL at Sebring.

BMW Team RLL looks to build upon their success at the Rolex 24 at Daytona which took place this past January. With a second and fourth place finish at the previous event, the team has made slight changes to reflect the differences between the Roval of Daytona and the Sebring circuit.

BMW Team RLL at Sebring.

“We have always been able to get our BMWs to work well over the bumps, which is very important at Sebring; particularly the last turn, Turn 17, as well as Turn 1, where it is quite rough,” said Bobby Rahal, Team Principal. “Fine-tuning the dampers and other areas really made a difference in our performance over the years. Based on that and the fact Sebring doesn’t have any really big, long straights other than the back straight, I think we will be a bit more competitive there. We won twice with the M3 in the past five years and we had a reasonable race last year. Certainly we hope for the best, with it being the 40th anniversary of the first win with the CSL. I was at that race and in those days you dreamt about driving one of those cars. It was a great win and is obviously a proud moment for BMW Motorsport and BMW. We anticipate there will be a lot of cheering and a lot of people hoping to see another great result.”

 Images by BMW North America