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      01-22-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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BMW Performance 200 to Launch 2014 Racing Season at Daytona International Speedway

January 21, 2014

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – January 21, 2014 . . .
For the third consecutive year, the BMW Performance 200, the opening round of the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, will begin the North American racing season as drivers from all over the world assemble at the Daytona International Speedway for the 52nd Annual Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.

Anthony Royer, President of Allstate Roadside Services, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the race and give the “Start Your Engines” command to the field of 64 cars that include 16 BMW race cars.

"Allstate Roadside Services is extremely proud of the roadside assistance program we provide for BMW,” said Royer. “We value the relationship and are true believers in The Ultimate Driving Machine."

During the weekend, BMW of North America will feature race cars that have highlighted the brand’s competition history and three new road cars that continue to expand its Motorsport foundation – the all-new 2014 BMW M235i Coupe and the fifth-generation 2015 BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupe.

Of special note, fans at the Speedway will be able to view one of BMW’s 2013 M3 DTM race cars. BMW returned the German Touring Car Series in 2012, winning the manufacturer’s title for two consecutive seasons. 2013 BMW DTM drivers Joey Hand, Andy Priaulx and Dirk Werner as well as 2014 BMW DTM driver Maxime Martin will drive for BMW Team RLL as the Z4 GTLM makes its TUDOR United SportsCar Championship debut. Augusto Farfus, who finished second in the 2013 DTM chamionship, will join Turner Motorsport in the team’s GTD-class Z4. Joining the roster of BMW Team RLL drivers for the Rolex 24 will be Indy Car driver Graham Rahal.

In support of David Hobbs, Grand Marshal of this year’s twice-around-the-clock classic, BMW will display two very important cars Hobbs piloted when he served as a BMW factory driver. The flame-throwing BMW 320i Turbo that he drove in the 1978 and 1979 IMSA seasons as well as the radical BMW Powered M1-C, the very first IMSA prototype, will be on hand in the Speedway’s Fan Zone.

Instructors from the BMW Performance Driving School, in Spartanburg, SC, will bring a number of ultra-high performance BMW M6 Gran Coupes to give rides around the 3.56-mile Speedway road circuit to lucky fans.

“BMW couldn’t be more excited about starting the 2014 racing season at Daytona and the debut of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship,” said Gordon McDonnell, BMWNA Motorsport Manager. “Although this is our first 24hr race with the Z4 GTLM, BMW Team RLL is no stranger to endurance racing and we have one of the best driver line ups I can recall. BMW always goes big at Daytona and fans will have plenty to see on and off the track this weekend. The BMW Performance 200 will be just one of the highlights as we expect our privateer BMW teams to be right up front, fighting for a win. The excitement starts to build as soon as you drive through the tunnel; good luck to all the BMW teams this weekend.”

The BMW Performance 200 takes the green flag at 1:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24th. The 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona starts at 2:10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25th with FOX Sports 1 covering the first two hours of the race live. A total of 15 hours of the race will be broadcast on FOX Sports channels.

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      01-22-2014, 12:06 PM   #2
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I wonder if the cars will be static.
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So if I drive all the way to Daytona I will be able to see the cars?
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I wonder if the cars will be static.
Probably, given that pretty much everyone says they sound like garbage and BMW still needs to tune the exhaust note. Wouldn't be very good advertising if you have these gorgeous cars that sound like lawnmowers.

Kind of like a hot model that has a grating shriek of a voice that you simply cannot stand no matter how hot she is.
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I... I... I... Have to go change my underwear now. I'll be able to touch them in 2 DAYS!!!! Aaaaaaahhhhh!!!!
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Wow. I'd really like to check this out.
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I've got a set of Grassroots Motorsports tickets left if anyone needs them.
I'll be in Daytona tomorrow afternoon through the weekend and trying to weasel a ride on the track.

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Probably, given that pretty much everyone says they sound like garbage and BMW still needs to tune the exhaust note. Wouldn't be very good advertising if you have these gorgeous cars that sound like lawnmowers.

Kind of like a hot model that has a grating shriek of a voice that you simply cannot stand no matter how hot she is.
I'm sure you know just as much about hot models as you do about BMW.
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I think the exhaust and engine will sound different/better for this event as BMW already stated they were going to work on it.
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What's up with this engine/exhaust sound issue that everyone keeps talking about? The video Jason just posted (43 second one) does not sound bad at all. That being said, it is worrying that BMW is working on something as fundamental as the engine/exhaust sound AFTER the official unveil just couple of a months short of real production.
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I'm sure you know just as much about hot models as you do about BMW.
Very correct.. but I can also read and that's what others on this board (who have heard it in person) have said, not my opinion.

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I think the exhaust and engine will sound different/better for this event as BMW already stated they were going to work on it.
I don't know, I doubt they are tweaking the show cars. I would imagine that the modifications are occurring back in Germany, and there's not enough time to fabricate modified parts, ship them over here, and install them between shows. I would guess if they do make the modifications, they won't be finalized until the press release in June.

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What's up with this engine/exhaust sound issue that everyone keeps talking about? The video Jason just posted (43 second one) does not sound bad at all.
Yea.. but first off, its a marketing video by BMW, so I'm sure it will end up sounding good, no matter what current reality is. And secondly, the music drowns out the exhaust for most of the video.

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Very correct.. but I can also read and that's what others on this board (who have heard it in person) have said, not my opinion.



I don't know, I doubt they are tweaking the show cars. I would imagine that the modifications are occurring back in Germany, and there's not enough time to fabricate modified parts, ship them over here, and install them between shows. I would guess if they do make the modifications, they won't be finalized until the press release in June.
That makes sense, I don't mind the exhaust note one bit and I know I will be replacing the exhaust soon after but the engine sound from the outside is my only issue with the new M but not enough of an issue for not buying it :-)
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That makes sense, I don't mind the exhaust note one bit and I know I will be replacing the exhaust soon after but the engine sound from the outside is my only issue with the new M but not enough of an issue for not buying it :-)
I agree 100% If all I cared about is exhaust note, I would never change my RS4.
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I've got a set of Grassroots Motorsports tickets left if anyone needs them.
I'll be in Daytona tomorrow afternoon through the weekend and trying to weasel a ride on the track.

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I'm off tomorrow and I was wondering what to do. Guess I found it! I went to the Rolex 24 last year, so I will check out the BMW event.
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Great news. Does anyone know if they are showing the M3/M4 for us non-racers to look and touch? And if so, what days would it be available?

If so, I might make it a riding day and cruise down in my GS down there.
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I'll be there. Was at the track yesterday and saw the BMW hospitality area getting set up.
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Heading there shortly. I'll report back tonight if I see the cars out.
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Heading there shortly. I'll report back tonight if I see the cars out.
I posted pics in the YMB thread
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So no M3 or 4 here yet but there's a M235 here
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So no M3 or 4 here yet but there's a M235 here


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