Friday, March 20, 2015

BMW Celebrates Sebring Anniversary This Weekend

Tomorrow is the 63rd annual 12 Hours of Sebring. The endurance race, held in Sebring, Florida, is the second race of the season for the United SportsCar Championship. Of course, 63 isn’t a special number, but for BMW, this represents 40 years since its first Sebring victory, back in 1975, with a 3.0 CSL. It’s also apparently 40 years since BMW of North America was founded.

To celebrate, BMW Team RLL and BMW Motorsport have decked their current team cars (2015 BMW Z4 GTLM) in tribute livery. Car 25 is sporting the winning colours from 1975. Check it out in this head-to-head photo.

1975 BMW 3.0 CSL and 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM
Photo copyright and courtesy BMW Group
I’m sure they’re also hoping for a repeat of the 1975 victory. They’ve already picked up a second and a fourth at the Daytona season opener. According to Team Principal Bobby Rahal, “We have won twice [at Sebring] with the BMW M3s in the past five years and we had a reasonable race there last year. Certainly we hope for better this year, it being the 40th anniversary of the first win with the BMW 3.0 CSL in 1975. 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.”

[SOURCE:  BMW Group]

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