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BMW Captures Grand-Am Racing Titles - Web Exclusive

In the 2010 Grand Sport season, BMW vehicles captured the win at 6 of 10 events across a wide range of circuits.

Sep 23, 2010

The Ultimate Driving Machine swept the Grand-Am Road Racing Rolex Sports Car Series and won the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Drivers' and Manufacturer's Championships. The 2010 Series finale wrapped up on September 11th at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah.

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates swept the 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Driver and Team Championships and the Manufacturer's title for BMW with a record ninth Rolex Sports Car Series victory on September 11th. Drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas drove their No. 01 BMW powered Riley to lead a total of 785 laps in a season that saw the duo finish first or second in 11 of 12 events. One of the foundations of their success was the consistent reliability of the No. 01's Dinan Motorsport-prepared 5.0-liter BMW V8.

On the same day, the 2010 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge wrapped up the season with the Salt Lake City 200 finale event. The Grand Sport (GS) race was won by the No. 13 BMW M3 Coupe of Nick Longhi and Matt Plumb to secure the GS Manufacturer's Championship for BMW. In the 2010 GS season, BMW vehicles captured the win at 6 of 10 events across a wide range of circuits.

The No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 Coupe locked up the GS Driver's Championship for Charles Espenlaub and Charles Putman at the Salt Lake City 200. With consistent performances throughout the season, Espenlaub and Putman never finished out of the top-10, and won at Watkins Glen International. With this performance, Fall-Line Motorsports secured the GS Team Championship.

The fifth BMW finishing in the top-10 at Salt Lake City (third place) was the No. 97 Turner Motorsport M3 Coupe driven by Michael Marsal and Joey Hand. The duo capped an excellent season that included two wins and four additional podiums, and finished as the runners-up in GS Driver Points. Turner Motorsport also secured the runner-up position in GS Team Points.



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