: Bimmerfest makes the news on Grand Am Cup Racing web site

04-23-2005, 11:24 PM
Hi All -

On the 22nd, we were the lead story on the GAC racing site:


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 22, 2005) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series will be well-represented at Saturday's fifth-annual Bimmerfest at Santa Barbara BMW in Santa Barbara, Calif. thanks to Finlay Motorsports and Turner Motorsport.

The event is a gathering of BMW enthusiasts from all over the country and is expected to attract more than 700 machines and 1,600 people. In the showroom will be the No. 19 Finlay Motorsports BMW Riley Rolex Series Daytona Prototype, as well as the team's No. 60 BMW M3 that runs in the Grand-Am Cup Series. Turner Motorsport will bring one of their H&R Springs BMW M3 race cars and a street version of the BMW 330i racecars.

BMW has among the strongest and largest groups of grassroots enthusiasts, and BMW Santa Barbara will relocate its entire inventory of new and used cars to make room for exhibitors.

"We race BMWs for a reason, and the passion shown for these cars by this many people is a big part of that reason," says Rob Finlay. "It's exciting for us to be part of something like this because these faithful fans are the ones who keep the flame burning for fast cars, hard racing and heroic drivers. They are the foundation on which motorsports is built."

The event begins at 9:00 a.m. PT on Saturday. The informal schedule of events includes an autograph session with the Finlay Motorsports drivers, photo sessions, vendor displays, how-to clinics, charity raffle and a BBQ lunch provided by BMW Santa Barbara. Part of the Turner Motorsport race crew will also be on hand to answer questions and display various components of each of their cars.

At mid-afternoon, many of the event's participants will motor off on a highway tour/road rally through Santa Barbara County and the 2-lane asphalt roller coasters that snake through the mountains above the city.

Both teams return to action April 29-May 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Road & Track 250 will be televised live on SPEED Channel beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 1. The Grand-Am Cup 200 will take place Saturday, April 30 at 2:45 p.m. ET. The race will be tape-delayed on SPEED Channel May 14th at 1 p.m. ET.

Tickets for the Road & Track 250 and the entire U.S. Sports Car Invitational weekend are available by calling 1-800-327-SECA or by visiting www.laguna-seca.com.

04-24-2005, 04:12 PM

04-24-2005, 04:28 PM
very cool, next year maybe let like ABC know and get a news crew there :D