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BALTIMORE, Md. (August 31, 2012)-Today the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation (USBSF) was honored to announce the appointment of Robert “Bobby” Rahal as chairman of the recently launched USA Bobsled & Skeleton Foundation (USABSF) during a press conference at the Baltimore Grand Prix in Baltimore, Md. USBSF CEO Darrin Steele initiated the foundation more than two years ago, and has focused on identifying a chairman to lead the USABSF before the official launch.
“It was a short day in terms of practice time," said Sato. "We had to try quite a few things like ride height – particularly over the bumps which you have to fight. We need to look into the data but there are a number of things we have to improve quite a lot to get the balance right and get a little bit more grip overall. Let’s see how the chicane will change for tomorrow too. We will evaluate a few things and hopefully we are closer to having the right balance tomorrow.”
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – August 29, 2012… With only three races left in the 2012 American Le Mans Series season a third consecutive GT class championship remains the goal of BMW Team RLL. This weekend, the venue is the Baltimore Sports Car Challenge, a two-hour race through the city streets that surround Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. In comparison with many of the other tracks the series sees, Baltimore’s temporary two-mile, 12-turn circuit is analogous to a wrestling steel cage match. Concrete walls on both sides mean there is only one way out - forward to the checkered flag. There will be many competitors, but as the last year has demonstrated, only one real opponent – Corvette.
“I believe we can have a very strong weekend," said Sato. "I expect we will be competitive in Baltimore based on our performance on streets courses this season and there are a number of positives that indicate we can do well. We just need to concentrate on every function we have, and work to the best of our ability and we can make the most of our potential. I am very motivated and really looking forward to the final street race of the season. We just need to make sure that we don't have any bad luck.”
“It was a difficult weekend," said Sato. "The team worked so hard to find a good balance under speed. We made some good progress over the weekend but it was never fast enough to be what we wanted and in the end, unfortunately, we had engine failure so it was a very short race. It was a shame because we made some setup changes after the morning warm-up that I felt were positive changes. I’m looking forward to returning to Baltimore. We should be competitive as we were in other street course races this year.”
“It was another tough day," said Sato. "We really struggled in terms of finding the balance and speed, and finding the grip. We tried a lot of different things and changed philosophies on the set-up overnight and are working really hard to find a solution. We made progress and certainly closed the gap to the top but the gains we made are small steps and are just not enough. Now we have tried two practice and one qualifying sessions with quite different setups. We need to go through all of the data and make the best out of it. Hopefully we find a more comfortable balance and more speed in tomorrow’s warm-up and have a good race in the afternoon. (On 10-spot grid penalty:) Unfortunately it did not make a big difference on our starting our position.”
“It was a difficult day for us," said Sato. "The session went well in terms of being able to go through the items we carried over from the test last week that we weren’t able to try. Overall we need to improve the balance and grip; I wasn’t particularly happy with that. Performance wise, we need to find more speed. We ran out of time in the end. We wanted to do a little bit more but hopefully tomorrow the weather will give us another consistent session and we can improve.”
SONOMA, Calif. (August 24, 2012) --- Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that Bigge Crane and Rigging Company of San Leandro, California continues its commitment to excellence by sponsoring the team’s No. 15 entry for driver Takuma Sato at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma August 26.
“Sonoma is one of the best road courses in the United States,' said Sato. "I really like the flowing corners and huge elevation changes, They are great fun to drive. There are a couple of un-sighted corners over the hill and they are very challenging. Who could not enjoy this area? I think it’s a beautiful place with lots of wine and good food. I love the weather, scenery, atmosphere, food and drink of Sonoma county. There are a lot of stars as well at night. The activities in this region make you have a big smile and good life but I have to be careful with the scale of fun on the race weekend!”
Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – August 18, 2012… For the third time in four seasons of American Le Mans Series competition, BMW Team RLL drove a BMW M3 GT across the Road America finish line first to win the four-hour Road America Road Race Showcase.