ALMS: Edwards and RLL Racing Earn Podium Finish at Mazda Raceway

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Monterey, CA. (May 15). BMW Motorsport and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s No. 56 BMW Z4 scored their first American Le Mans Series podium of 2013 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Round 3 was the second ALMS race for American racer John Edwards, who will stand in for BMW Factory driver Joey Hand for select race events. Edwards joined BMW veteran Dirk Muller, who started the No. 56 BMW Z4 from seventh place. By the end of his stint, Müller had climbed up to 4th in the GT field. One hour and thirty-five minutes into the four hour race, Dirk pitted for fuel and tires, passing the driving duties to Edwards for the remainder of the event. In some of the most competitive GT class racing ALMS has seen so far this season, Team RLL Racing perfectly executed their remaining two pit stops to stay in the lead GT pack. Edwards crossed the line in third, on the lead lap, earning his first American Le Mans Series podium.

“I’m ecstatic for my first ALMS podium, finishing in third,” said Edwards. "BMW gave us a great car; unfortunately, we were just struggling on the straights a little bit. Even if we were quicker, it was a tough battle to get by. Overall, it was a great weekend.”