BMW and the ALMS announced Tuesday that BMW will enter a full factory-supported team in the ALMS series for
The Prototype Technology Group will field two BMW M3s in the new GT2S class for sedan-style racecars. Team PTG is BMW's primary U.S. motorsports R&D team for the M3. The team also announced a partnership with tire manufacturer Yokohama for 2006. More after the jump…
This is a significant event for U.S. road racing in many ways. BMW is the first company to formally announce its support for the new GT2S class in ALMS, but we can expect a lot more entries in this new class, which will strengthen ALMS?s offering to the fans. Together with Porsche?s announcement of a two-car team for the LMP2 prototype class, this marks a welcome endorsement of the ALMS style of road racing by two leading performance car manufacturers. It sounds a cautionary note for the competing Rolex Series, which changed its GT class rules to allow tube-framed ?silhouette racers? for 2006 (see our earlier report on the new Mazda RX8 GT car). Team PTG competed in Rolex GT for the past two years, winning 17 of 26 events, but BMW will shift its attention to the ALMS for 2006, a venue where BMW can race the cars that it sells. PTG?s Rolex series cars have been sold to privateers who will run them in the 2006 Rolex series.