Club Happenings – Winter 2018: Roadtrip to Rolex 24 at Daytona


Text and Photos by Larry Engel

M CEO Frank van Meel fielding questions in the BMW CCA hospitality tent at Daytona. The club and BMW NA provided a great experience for club members during the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The hospitality packages sold out in a few hours this year.
Bobby Rahal watches as the #25 BMW M8 of Bill Auberlen is repaired following a right front blowout that took out the suspension on that corner of the car. Auberlen’s legendary driving skill likely kept the car from hitting the wall. The car was repaired and returned to action, but BMW’s hopes for a top finish were dashed. The #25 was looking good until this incident. That’s racing!
Bimmerworld driver Tyler Cooke chatting with CCA members prior to the Continental Sports Car Challenge Race at Daytona. Cooke and co-driver and team owner James Clay finished second in their new Optima Batteries M4 GT4. It was the first race for the new car.
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Don Salama and Will Turner discussing Turner Motorsport’s
strategy prior to the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The Bimmerworld 328i finished first in the ST class. Overall,
it was a great day for Bimmerworld and BMW!
One of the best parts of the Rolex 24 at Daytona is the pre-race
grid walk, where spectators can walk down pit lane to look at the
cars and chat with the teams. You can even climb the banking at
the start-finish line!
The Bimmerworld M4 GT4 running through the infield.
Saturday at the Rolex 24 ends with a spectacular fireworks
show. This is the view from the BMW CCA corral.

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