After 24 Hours, 355 Laps and more than 1600 miles the "BimmerLine" racing team came up just a few minutes short with a 2nd place finish on the lead lap of the Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series VIR Classic 24 Hour Race. Red Line and BimmerWorld's staff of drivers pushed through torrential downpours and darkness with a field of nearly 100 cars on Virginia International Raceway's 4.2-mile Grand Circuit.
"We had a blast and made more than a good showing," said Red Line president Cameron Evans. "We incurred a few penalties early on and they were just too much to overcome. Regardless, we showed a race-pace that had people talking! The car ran flawlessly, though we lost the rear bumper early after a close call with a Mazda MX-5. Our congrats go out to the other finishers and to the winning Simon Says Acura team, they were just too much for us this weekend."
The team’s roadworn-and-weary BMW E36 ran flawlessly with a mix of pro drivers, grassroots club racers and first-year racers in the driver lineup made up of Red Line and BimmerWorld staff and special guests. BimmerWorld owner James Clay flew back from his BMW team's 4-6-7 finish at Road America in the IMSA Continental Series race to take a few 2-hour night stints. The driver also lineup included Evans, BimmerWorld staffers Nick Large, Phillip Wurz, and Carrie Stike, Powerflex managing director David Power, and The Honest Kitchen's Charlie Postins.
“This weekend is a perfect example of our range of racing at BimmerWorld. We run IMSA to push the limits with new technology against top level professional teams,” said Clay, “but we are also heavily involved with a wide range of car models at all levels of racing. It will be a fun week at BimmerWorld with both the people behind the wrenches and the staff behind the desks and phones having had a successful outing.”
This 1993 race car has run for more than 200,000 miles, with more than 10,000 of those in Optima ChumpCar World Series action at circuits like Daytona, Road Atlanta, Sears Point, and more. Red Line's 40WT Race Oil is used in the BMW M50 engine, along with Red Line’s new 75W110 GL-5 in the Limited Slip differential. For VIR, the team debuted Red Line's soon-to-be-released RL600 Brake Fluid, which worked with great consistency and solid pedal feel.
The Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series stages competitive-yet-affordable endurance road racing, with events around North America and attracting project cars and racing teams from interested newcombers to pro teams looking for more fun than many bigger events often allow. Check out chumpcar.com for more information.