The “Rolex 24” traditionally marks the start of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IMSA series). In 2019, BMW Team RLL will once again be represented in the GTLM class of the series by the BMW M8 GTEs bearing numbers 24 and 25. In the 24-hour race, Alessandro Zanardi is making a guest appearance at the 24 hour race and will share the #24 BMW M8 GTE cockpit with the two regular drivers, John Edwards (USA) and Jesse Krohn (FIN), as well as Chaz Mostert (AUS). Zanardi and BMW Team RLL had the opportunity to get to know one another better and test the BMW M8 GTE that has been modified to meet his requirements. All the drivers were able to experience dry and wet track conditions they also include day and night driving testing.
What makes this team so unique is having a driver that’s an double leg amputee. In addition to the normal pedals for Zanardi’s team-mates, the car also features a handbrake lever that allows the Italian driver, a double leg-amputee, to brake by hand. He also has his own steering wheel, which will be installed during the driver change, and allows him to use a throttle ring to accelerate. It’s a learning curve for driver changeovers, the objective is to complete the switch as quickly as possible between Zanardi and his non-disabled team-mates. After a short Christmas and New Year break for Zanardi, his fellow drivers, the BMW Team RLL and BMW M Motorsport, they will be back at work at Daytona on the first weekend in January. The “Roar Before the Rolex 24”, the official pre-event test ahead of the 24-hour race, is scheduled to take place from 4th to 6th January. Motor Resource loves the BMW M Racing program because the true heritage of the M cars. Great research and development that happens with the racing teams, at the end of the day it gives costumers the ultimate driving machine.