James Clay


From 2021 to 2023, James’s focus shifted to GT4 racing in the SRO, where he claimed both the SRO championship in 2022 and the top step in the BMW Sport Trophy, alongside co-driver Charlie Postins. Moving to the new G82 M4 GT4 platform, James and Charlie quickly found success, securing seven wins throughout the season and clinching a second SRO GT4 championship.

In 2020, with a full race schedule in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the SRO TC America series, James pushed the team to secure the Driver’s Championship in his M240iR, bringing the team to second place in the overall standings of the TC series and aiding BMW in achieving fourth place in the Manufacturer Championship in IMSA.

In 2019, James, alongside teammate Devin Jones, secured third place in the GS standings with three podiums and eight top-ten finishes, also earning the top-finishing BMW team honors in the GS class. A single SRO TC America weekend at Road America in a BMW M240iR laid the groundwork for a future SRO program.

2018 saw James and Tyler Cooke team up for the final year of the IMSA Continental SportsCar Challenge, competing in their new No. 82 BMW M4 GT4. With three podium finishes in the Grand Sport (GS) class and a significant victory in the season finale, they paved the way for further development and success in the BMW M4 GT4’s inaugural year.

From 2013 to 2017, James collaborated with BimmerWorld drivers John Capestro-Dubets, Jason Breidis, and Tyler Cooke to enhance the F30 BMW 328i in the IMSA ST class. This project marked the first professional race of a BMW turbo engine in North America and the first 4-cylinder F30 raced worldwide. Their efforts culminated in a world-first pole position and multiple top finishes, showcasing the turbo 4-cylinder BMW’s potential. In 2017, James’s debut at the Nürburgring in Germany with co-drivers Tyler Cooke and future BimmerWorld co-driver Charlie Postins highlighted their performance with a steady second position in the BMW M235iR during the 24 Hour before an early morning component failure.

In 2012, James secured three podium finishes in the IMSA ST class with co-driver John Capestro-Dubets, finishing fourth in the Driver’s Championship and contributing to BMW’s Manufacturers’ Championship win. He also achieved second place at the historic inaugural Indy race.

Before 2012, James’s racing career began with a BMW Club Racing event at Pocono in 1998, followed by numerous SCCA Regional ITS wins, SPEED Touring Car races, and his first professional win at Road America in 2008. His shift to professional endurance racing in 2010 led to the development of three new platforms over five years.

Personally, James, a Virginia native, discovered his passion for cars and speed after his 16th birthday, a passion that grew during his EE and MBA studies at Virginia Tech. This passion led him to focus on building his BimmerWorld company, moving away from traditional employment. Besides racing, James enjoys jet skiing and grilling, embracing the summer season.


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