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Red Line/Bimmerworld E36 Takes Its First ChumpCar World Series Win

200,000 mile Bimmer Survives Another 12 Hour Race and Takes Top Honors

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Red Line has been a sponsor of the Chump Car series for over a year and its fluids have been keeping these high-mileage race cars alive throughout the grueling endurance season. Last weekend marked the first win and second podium for the Red Line/Bimmerworld BMW E36 at Virginia International Raceway. This completely after hours-built BMW has seen its fair share of track time after starting its ChumpCar career with 200,000 miles on the odometer and is equipped with Red Line's 40wt Race Oil, D4 ATF in the transmission and a new gear oil to be released very soon.

Bimmerworld team owner and drive James Clay lead the team consisting of Bimmerworld co-driver Tyler Cooke, BW engineer Nick Large and BW sales team member Phil Wurz and set off to drive 12 hours on the slippery circuit. The event as told by James Clay below:

"It was a real challenge getting the car back together from the last race - VIR South where we ended up in a wall and parked with significant damage on 3 corners. Bassen Autobody helped us by contracting the frame pull, our old shop is littered with somewhat straight E36 metal from 15 years of racing them and we had what we needed to hang on it, and Phil (sales) and Nick (new products engineer) spent a couple months' worth of nights and weekends getting it all back together on their own time - albeit with a slightly more Chump vibe to the presentation."

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The Bimmerworld crew started six laps down due to the overwhelmingly capable E36 chassis. "Nick started the car and worked up to the high 20s, then Phil dug in hard and brought it into the pits in about 8th. Tyler Cooke came in to help us crew this weekend and got a stint in the car and worked up to about 2 laps behind the leader, and I came into the pits in P2 after the rain finally came later in my stint - but unfortunately also after a trip to pit lane for aggressively passing an EV - those guys were awesome all day and if I was too fast around them to be comfortable, so be it. Nick put in a solid second stint and came up with the lead, and Phil wrapped it up (after a brief visit into the wall after hydroplaning which was a little hair-raising)."

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"This is the first time we got 2 hour stints - thanks to South Course and some rain I'm sure. The team cleverly put Tyler and I on holding the gas jug for the most part while they did the other stuff - and let Tyler play "where's the gas fill" for a while in the first stop. We knocked out five perfect 5-minute pit stops and we stayed out of trouble on track and the car ran without any gremlins this time. Phil is going to his second driver's school in a few weeks - after turning a lap 0.2 sec of my fastest, I am petitioning them to possibly graduate him from the C group. As always, we had a great time being there and it was awesome to get our second podium in as many years - it finally all came together this race for all 12 hours!"

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For more information on the Chump Car World Series and how you can get involved in the fun, visit www.chumpcar.com.