BMW returned to the American Le Mans Series winner's circle with a 1-2 finish by the Rahal Letterman Racing Team.
The No. 90 M3, driven by Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen, achieved the new M3 racing program's first victory. Teammates Tommy Milner and Dirk Muller in the No. 92 M3 scored their fourth podium finish of the season.
As the race began, starting drivers Auberlen, in the No. 90 M3, and Milner, in the No. 92 M3, took advantage of their front row starting positions and opened a lead on the GT2 class. Only 15 minutes in, an early yellow slowed the field, but instead of reducing the BMW M3's lead, it increased it to almost a full lap as both M3s received a wave-by when the pace car picked up the overall leader. Before the race went green again, both M3s were able to pit for fuel, and Milner picked up the lead through pit stop speed.
At the one-hour mark Milner still held the lead over Auberlen, but as the race's second caution period occurred a 'race within the race' began. Pitting both M3s under yellow, the crew of the No. 90 M3 got Hand serviced just a tick of the watch ahead of Muller to take the lead. Unfortunately, too many men over the wall for the No. 92 M3 resulted in a 60 second penalty, putting Muller an additional minute behind Hand, but still in second place.
Pitting a second time under the race's third caution period, the M3s cycled through two more fast stops for fuel and new tires. The two M3s stayed in front for the remainder the contest to open another winning chapter in BMW Motorsport.
The next round in the ALMS will be held at Mosport International Raceway on August 30th.