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.

Cameron Evans

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2018: Evans focused on conquering the Nürburgring in 2018, running BMWs with Sorg Rennsport in multiple VLN four-hour events, the ADAC six-hour qualifying race where he finished P4 with Charlie Postins, and in the famed Nürburgring 24 with his BimmerWorld co-drivers. Evans also made sure to find time to compete in multiple endurance and sprint events around the United States with BMW CCA, NASA, and SCCA, as well as with Lucky Dog and Champ Car endurance series.

2016-2017: Anchored by 24-hour endurance races at VIR and Thunderhill, Cameron focused on Spec E46 events with BMW CCA, SCCA, and NASA. Highlights of the two years included sweeping the SCCA Majors Hoosier Super Tour at both Buttonwillow and at Road America’s famed June Sprints in the Touring 3 category.

2013-2015: Cameron relaunched his road racing activity by co-founding the BimmerLine Champ Car E36 team with James Clay and running in select Spec E46 rounds at circuits around the country, including Road Atlanta, VIR, NJMP, and Sonoma Raceway. 2015 ended right, with a prestigious class win at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with El Diablo Motorsports in an ST3 E46 BMW.

Previously: Evans fought his way to One Lap of America stage wins in 1988 and 1989 and enjoyed a career in karting which resulted in a Rotax Masters Championship in 2011.

Personal: Born in Newport Beach, California and raised in Orange County, Cameron grew up in a motorsports family as the son of famed racing announcer Steve Evans. This early exposure had him riding motorcycles at age five and racing alcohol-burning speedway motorcycles at age 11. A lifetime desire to race cars led to Cameron gaining race licenses at the Bob Bondurant School in 1988 and later earning a degree in English from San Diego State University. He enjoyed a diverse business, media, technical, and sporting background that included drag racing with Busby Racing, Doug Herbert, and Dean Skuza from 1992 to 2004. After a long stint as editor of Popular Hot Rodding magazine and host of the Spike TV show of the same name (1995-2003), Evans moved onto Red Line Synthetic Oil Corp. where he would later become President and CEO (2003-2017). He now serves as CEO of Niteo Products in Dallas, Texas. Cameron is married to wife Andrea, dad to dog Thurston Howl III, and enjoys skiing, golf, dirt bikes, and racing with his family and friends.

BimmerWorld, El Diablo Teams Conquer E0 Class at 25 Hours of Thunderhill

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BimmerWorld owner/driver James Clay and a familiar cast of friends and crew members came together last weekend in Northern California to tackle NASA’s renown 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race, and left with victory in the E0 class along with placing an amazing sixth-place overall in the field of 63 cars.

Clay has been making the annual trek from Virginia to the little town of Willows, CA, for almost a decade to compete in the 25 Hour, and in a partnership with veteran BimmerWorld crew member Lance Boicelli, an ex-BimmerWorld BMW 325i Touring Car has become El Diablo Racing’s weapon of choice. The chassis earned its 15 minutes of fame in 2004 when it was flipped at Sonoma Raceway by BimmerWorld driver Matt Richmond who then climbed from the car and stood on the overturned E46 and waved to the cameras.

Prepped by El Diablo owners Boicelli and Scott Smith, and their dedicated team of Bay Area volunteers, the BMW E46 used an uprated M3 motor to propel Clay, Boicelli, James Colborn, Cameron Evans, Charles Postins, and Dale Sievwright to a dominant class win ahead of factory-supported entries from Mazda and Nissan, as well as some fast and solid BMW machinery.

“Every step we took this weekend from the time we arrived was in a forward direction,” Clay said. “The car, the drivers, and the team as a whole progressed and improved every lap and every turned wrench. We solved problems permanently, got through a long worklist, and amazingly had zero issues for the duration of the race. This is a true testament to Lance Boicelli and Scott Smith’s tireless work, and to the fantastic crew they have assembled over the years. I drove with Lance in his first 25 Hour effort, and it was special to return to his team, get to drive one of our previous cars in classic livery, and score a meaningful win in this grueling race.

Along with the dedicated El Diablo team members, the No. 30 BMW also relied on support from numerous companies to win E0 by a margin of 10 laps.

“In the decade since we raced this car last, we have developed a number of products and technical partnerships for this chassis, and Lance was open to our input and vision on a modern version of an early 2000s Touring Car,” Clay continued. “Lance and team get all the credit for the work and car package that endured so perfectly, and our BimmerWorld team partners including Red Line Oil, Motion Control Suspension, Performance Friction Brakes, MagnaFlow, OPTIMA Batteries, and Diffsonline all provided components to make this a quick, competitive, and durable racecar.”

Simply making it to the race was a challenge, according to Boicelli.

“Fun has always been a fundamental goal of mine every time I run a car in the 25 Hour, and it is a goal that Scott Smith and I have shared for years which is why we have had so many years of partnered success,” he said. “When Scott told me he didn’t want to run the event this year with his car, the fun factor faded, and I began to second guess my own conviction for the event. But I’m not one to give up easily, so with less than three months to the event, I set my sights on the BimmerWorld E46 race car I had picked up over a year before that was sitting in my barn shop. Then, in steps long-time friend James Clay.

“Curious about his plans for the event I mentioned what I was considering doing and it sparked his interests in joining forces. James’ and BimmerWorld’s decades of experience and technical partnerships helped create a package to update the potent 15-year-old race car platform, and from there, it became a race to make the race. Time to build the car, plan the event logistics, and secure crew… That time came and went too quickly. I’ll admit there were times were I thought I wasn’t going to pull it off; in fact the Sunday before the race the new brake lines were giving me so much grief I was ready to throw in the towel. But as stated before I don’t give up easily!”

Thanks to Boicelli’s dogged persistence, the El Diablo team made it to Thunderhill and, to make things more interesting, mixed conditions threw rain and inhospitable weather at the field for significant stretches of the race. The 2015 edition of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill was far from idyllic.

“We were running Hoosier R7 tires which were great in the dry, but we made the decision to stay out on them in the early stages of light rain, damp, to drying track, which was a real nail biter for teammate James Colborn and me who called this piece of strategy from the pits,” Clay added. “I have always enjoyed driving at night, and in the rain, and when the combination of the two conditions presented themselves in the forecast, I jumped at the opportunity. As next in for the wet night fun, I started my stint on dry tires in mixed conditions and managed to make up some ground, but when the first few big drops fell while I was in Turn 13, we immediately came into the pits where the crew was waiting with a set of Hoosier Wets and prescribed changes to the MCS dampers.

“After several laps I managed to get some heat in them and the car was amazing. The guys came over the radio and told me that aside from the eventual overall-winning R8 GT3 car, I was the fastest car on the track–that is a moment I will remember. We made up about 8 laps with tire strategy and a fast rain car–those Hoosiers made a big impact in our race.”

After the race, Clay was glad they chose the faster E0 class for the No. 30 E46, which also gave the growing BMW Spec E46 cars a chance to fight for victory in E1.

“We initially targeted the slightly slower E1 class for our effort, but both BimmerWorld and Red Line Oil are big supporters of the Spec E46 cars and class that fit into E1 for endurance racing, and I wanted to see a true Spec car take the win after a near-miss this year,” he said. “A big congrats goes out to our friends and customers at Grip Racing captured 1-2 for Spec E46 in a field full of cars from multiple manufacturers in this new class.”

Coming off an incredible result with the debut of a new car, Boicelli’s already planning for next year’s 25 Hour.

“Now I have my sights on making it two-in-a-row…” he said with a big smile.

DRIVER QUOTEBOARD:

Lance Boicelli: “My drive it was bitter sweet. The start and opening lap was magical as I was able clear several faster cars within the first couple corners. However the difficulty of getting to terms with driving the car had me falling behind our competitors rather than putting distance on them like I have done before. My later stint was intended to avoid the start of the rain that was anticipated. Again that didn’t play out as expected. Halfway through my stint I encountered some light rain, adding to my past rain experience that has left me lacking confidence under such conditions. I managed to gingerly navigate the car on slick tires with a damp track. It was pleasing to find out from James Colborn that I was able to recover some laps on our competitors by staying out and that my consistent pace was nearly matching those on rain tires. Then Clay proceeded to move us up the order as the heavier rain fell. From there everyone did an awesome job keeping the car on the track, clear of incidents and penalties, allowing us to finish 10 laps up on second-place car. In a word, spectacular.”

James Colborn: “This weekend for me can be summed up in just one word: amazing! It was a fantastic team effort, on and off track, from such a great bunch of characters. The car was super fun to drive in tricky and changeable conditions. I really have to commend the preparation of the car. Zero mechanical issues over the length of the race is testament to the quality of build and quality of components. I am hugely grateful and honored to race with this team and winning E0 is, as said, just amazing! We’re already thinking about defending the win next year.”

Cameron Evans: “Red Line has worked very closely with BimmerWorld over the past 10 years, so stepping as a supplier and sponsor for this truly-grassroots team was an honor. Lance once again trusted our recommendations and the products worked flawlessly. As a driver, the level of support and coaching amongst the guys was unprecedented. The car was physical to drive, yet very responsive, quick and not too thirsty. James Clay and I have been trying to win a big one for a while and this was it! Can’t thank the team enough for allowing me to be a part. It was a very special week.”

Charlie Postins: “What made this win so special? An error free run under very challenging conditions. The car did not have one single mechanical issue or concern. Given what had to be accomplished on Thursday and Friday alone made this an extraordinary feat. The same can also be said for the pit crew and the driving team. Obviously James put us in a position to win but all six drivers had to put in solid stints to beat the very stiff competition and that is exactly what was done. In fact I do not think we had as much as a spin or the slightest contact. If you know the event you know will how hard that is to do! This was the definition of a team effort and I am proud to call myself part of that team.”

Dale Sievwright: “When I talked to Lance earlier in the year I let him know that I was possibly going to accept a ride with one of the teams with a Porsche Cup Car. I told him I would be a busy guy because I love driving with him so much that I would do double duty. I ended up declining the other ride in the end and it couldn’t have worked out any better. Once he told me James, Cameron, Charlie, and James were coming on board, I knew it was going to be special. The moment we all arrived it was magic. No bickering or arguing just set our goals and went to work. I have never seen drivers do this much work on a car. Usually we sit around and the crew guys do the work. Whether it was cleaning bodywork, applying stickers, bleeding brakes, or wiring cameras and radios, it was all done right. My favorite moment in the pits was seeing Clay upside down working on the pedal assembly for about an hour each day! The best memories were the encouragement and the confidence we all had in each other. All I can say is James Clay is bad fast in the wet and Lance builds a great car.”