Sonoma Win Leads to Portland Anticipation for Copart/BimmerWorld Racing

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Coming off the team’s first win in the SRO TC America Championship at Sonoma Raceway in June, Copart/BimmerWorld Racing heads into Portland International Raceway this weekend with high confidence and great BMW racecars for drivers Cameron Evans and Chandler Hull.

Evans led flag-to-flag from pole position to take his first professional win at June’s Sonoma Raceway in the Sunday round, the sixth of 16 on the schedule. Hull placed fourth in his debut at the challenging circuit, as well as picking up the Hard Charger and Fastest Start awards from the series. The duo now sits fourth and sixth in the championship points standings.

Both drivers recently returned from Germany, where Evans took part in his second Nürburgring 24-Hour race. Hull completed his first RCN time trials, gaining experience toward his Nordschleife A-permit and his upcoming debut in the VLN Series in August with the Sorg Rennsport team in a BMW M240iR.

BimmerWorld Racing president James Clay said, “In one sense, we’re a new team with new cars, new drivers, and new to the series, but our Copart Racing effort falls under our multi-decade BimmerWorld team that competed in World Challenge Touring Car during the 2003-2009 seasons. We’re extremely familiar with a range of modern BMW racing platforms, and it’s been cool to see our work translate into results so quickly this season. These M240i Racing machines are a known quantity, and we think we have a nice package sorted out at this point, validated last round with our first win.”

“Portland is a historic track. I love the layout, and we have many friends and fans in the area,” Clay continued. “I’m excited to return. This is a super-competitive class, and we’ve improved our results every weekend, so I’m eager to see what the boys can get done this weekend.”

Pre-race Quotes Follow

Cameron Evans, Ketchum, ID, driver, No. 82 Copart/BimmerWorld BMW M240iR:
“Getting my first pro win was very satisfying, especially considering Sonoma is like a home track for me, and I was surrounded by family and friends. Even my dog was there! We were quick, and that pace should carry over to Portland where Chandler and I both have experience. The Rose Cup weekend is coming back in prominence, and we want to keep this points momentum in the championship.”

Chandler Hull, Dallas, TX, driver, No. 94 Copart/BimmerWorld BMW M240iR:
“Sonoma was a great weekend for our team. It was my first time there, and thanks to our Copart/BimmerWorld guys, I got up to speed quickly and had a solid weekend. My teammate, Cameron, got his first pro win, at his home track nonetheless, and our team continued to show how great they are. I’m excited for Portland this weekend. I did an endurance race there, and we’re looking to carry our momentum with us at such a historic track.”

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ABOUT: BimmerWorld is renowned as a leader in BMW aftermarket and tuning expertise. It competes in the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge series in the Grand Sport (GS) class with a BMW Motorsport M4 GT4, where the Virginia-based outfit has become a winner and championship contender. It was also the Street Tuner champion of that series in 2018. 2019 also marks BimmerWorld Racing’s return to the SRO TC America Championship in the Touring Car (TC) class with two Copart-sponsored BMW Motorsport M240i Racing cars. Additional sponsorship comes from Lund International, OZIUM Air Sanitizer, Cyclo Industries, Red Line Synthetic Oil, Lifeline Fire and Safety Systems, AMP Research, and Performance Friction Brakes.

Strong Results for Copart/BimmerWorld Racing at VIRginia International Raceway

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Copart/BimmerWorld Racing had a strong showing for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 TC America series (formerly Pirelli World Challenge) at VIRginia International Raceway. The new team for 2019 had its best-ever finishes in their BMW M240i Racing entries.

The driver duo of Chandler Hull and Cameron Evans finished fourth and eighth respectively in Saturday’s incident-filled sprint race. With unfinished business after Saturday’s race, the duo finished career bests with second- and fourth-place finishes after Sunday’s eventful 40-minute sprint race.

Multiple red flag conditions in qualifying resulted in very few completely laps, landing Hull in the sixth position and Evans in eighth, with Sunday’s grid set by fast laps from Saturday’s race.

As Race 1 unfolded, the first of many accidents allowed Hull to capitalize on contact at the front and jumped into the fourth position on Lap 1 before a red flag stopped the race. Evans was not as lucky, getting tagged from behind under braking by Moisey Uretsky in the No. 55 Murillo Racing BMW on Lap 2 and suffering wheel and hub damage. The David Wagener-led BimmerWorld squad quickly repaired the damage in the pits without losing a lap in the caution-shortened race, allowing Evans to finish eight in the No. 82 as the race never went back to green flag conditions.

Following Race 1, the SRO stewards had a busy time ahead of them sorting out incidents and subsequent penalties. The result was good for Hull, as Nissan’s Paul Terry had his fast lap excluded and Hull would then start in the pole position for Sunday’s race.

The Race 2 start had Chandler nearly sandwiched between crashing cars, losing his pole advantage but settling into second place behind eventual winner Johan Schwartz in the No. 80 Rooster Hall BMW. The rest of the 40-minute sprint saw Hull keeping up with Schwartz but unable to get by him as the tires on his No. 94 BMW started to drop off.

After gaining several positions by also avoiding incidents on the first lap, Evans dug in and caught the tail of the lead pack, battling for a podium finish with Uretsky’s BMW to the final lap. In a final effort, Evans tried a late-braking maneuver into Turn 1 but was unable to make it stick.

As the checkered flag flew, Hull achieved his first-ever podium and sits fourth in the series point standings. Evans had the second fastest lap of the race and left Virginia eighth in points. The Copart/BimmerWorld team now sits sixth in team points in the SRO TC America Championship and takes this success onto the next round in Sonoma, California, June 7-9.

Post-race quotes follow:

Chandler Hull, Dallas, TX, driver, No. 94 Copart/BimmerWorld BMW M240iR:
“Race 1 was eventful. Fortunately, I was able to stay clear of the chaos and get a quick lap in before we finished under a safety car. I had a big off in Turn 10 and was fortunate to gather it up and not lose time. As I crossed the finish line, our engineer Dave Wagener said that I had run the second fastest lap of the race! It made a great feeling even better since I had just had my best finish of the year.

“To finish in second place on Sunday felt amazing, but more importantly it shows that our Copart/BimmerWorld cars are dialed in and we’re ready to fight the rest of the season.”

Cameron Evans, Ketchum, ID, driver, No. 82 Copart/BimmerWorld BMW M240iR:
“You need to start these weekends off at the front to have a great chance to win—I didn’t do that and suffered for the rest of the weekend. But I was ready to pounce on Saturday after catching the field and was really proud of my drive on Sunday. These cars are dialed in for the conditions every weekend, and our guys are focused on all the right variables. Bring on Sonoma, we’re prepared.”

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ABOUT: BimmerWorld is renowned as a leader in BMW aftermarket and tuning expertise. It competes in the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge series in the Grand Sport (GS) class with a BMW Motorsport M4 GT4, where the Virginia-based outfit has become a winner and championship contender. It was also the Street Tuner champion of that series in 2018. 2019 also marks BimmerWorld Racing’s return to the SRO TC America Championship in the Touring Car (TC) class with two Copart-sponsored BMW Motorsport M240i Racing cars. Additional sponsorship comes from Lund International, OZIUM Air Sanitizer, Cyclo Industries, Red Line Synthetic Oil, Lifeline Fire and Safety Systems, AMP Research, and Performance Friction Brakes.

BimmerWorld Racing Announces Return to SRO TC America Championship

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BimmerWorld Racing is proud to announce a two-car entry for the SRO TC America Championship (formerly Pirelli World Challenge), running in all seven races beginning with the opening round at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on March 1-3, 2019. The new team marks a full-time touring car return for James Clay’s BimmerWorld squad after a nine-year full-season gap and features the professional series debuts of Cameron Evans (No. 82) and Chandler Hull (No. 94) in a pair of BMW M240i Racing entries.

The new TC America championship and its Touring Car (TC) category features a seven-event championship with 40-min sprint races at many of the most legendary road racing circuits in the United States; such as VIRginia International Raceway, Sonoma Raceway, Road America, and Watkins Glen International.

“I’m excited to be back in this familiar series again for a full season,” said Clay, whose team also runs an IMSA BMW M4 GT4 effort. “We are beyond honored to have the opportunity to lead and manage a team sponsored by industry-leading companies like Lund International. BMW has provided us with amazing cars, and their Customer Racing program offers support of the highest caliber, giving us a true partner to allow our race team to run so many different cars and series.”

Additional sponsorship for the team comes from OZIUM Air Sanitizer, Cyclo Industries, Red Line Synthetic Oil, Lifeline Fire and Safety Systems, AMP Research, and Performance Friction Brakes.

“I feel a bit like we’ve gotten the band back together for this season,” said Clay. “Our team engineer, Dave Wagener, is a close friend and has engineered a variety of BimmerWorld programs over the last decade, including our M240i cars at Germany’s Nürburgring 24-Hour endurance race. Our staff is led by Dave Simpkins, who has been with our team for almost 20 years. My longtime friend Cameron will be making his long-awaited pro debut along with pro rookie Chandler, who I’ve closely worked with as he has developed over the past year.”

Cameron Evans said, “I have been logging a lot of miles on tracks in America and lately in Europe working for an opportunity like this. We have to thank our team owner for believing in us and pulling together the sponsorship to make it a reality. James Clay and his BimmerWorld team are like family to us, so the work we put into getting on track has been very rewarding. Now, we need to dig in and get results in this hyper-competitive series.”

Chandler Hull added, “2018 involved working up to the speed of these BMWs, and it has been a whirlwind to get here. It’s been hard work, but very satisfying at the same time and I have received tremendous support and coaching from my teammate Cameron, as well as James Clay and Tyler Cooke. Now it’s time to put it all together and have a great season! I’m confident we’re ready.”

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ABOUT: BimmerWorld is renowned as a leader in BMW aftermarket and tuning expertise. It competes in the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge series in the Grand Sport (GS) class with a BMW Motorsport M4 GT4, where the Virginia-based outfit has become a winner and championship contender. It was also the Street Tuner champion of that series in 2018. 2019 also marks BimmerWorld Racing’s return to the SRO TC America Championship in the Touring Car (TC) class with two BMW Motorsport M240i Racing cars.

Chandler Hull

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2018: Upon completion of a local SCCA driving school as well as a BMW CCA Club Racing school in early 2018, Chandler hit the ground running and completed 19 race weekends in his Spec E46. Chandler’s first year of racing took him to every corner of the United States, competing in NASA, SCCA, and BMW CCA events and experiencing the best tracks that the U.S. has to offer. Ultimately, after more than 50 races across the country, Chandler finished in first place in the NASA Texas region, third place in the BMW CCA South Atlantic Region, and managed a top-5 finish in BMW CCA national point standings. Chandler will continue to race his Spec E46 across the country, and he is taking the next step in his racing career with his professional debut in TC America, driving a BimmerWorld BMW M240i Racing for Copart. Along with all this, Chandler will take his driving internationally by competing in Europe.

Personal: Chandler is an amateur club racer turned professional based in Dallas, TX. He began his driving career participating in local Porsche Club of America’s Driver Education events, and at the age of 21, Chandler had his first on-track experience and was hooked. After registering for every event he could find for two years, Chandler decided to take his driving to the next level and pursue his dream of racing.