Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 7, 2019… BMW Team RLL finished second and fourth in today’s two-hour-and-forty-minute IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix presented by Acura. John Edwards and Jesse Krohn scored the runner-up finish after starting from the pole position, finishing 1.778 seconds behind the winning Porsche 911 RSR.
Locking out the GTLM class front row in yesterday’s qualifying, polesitter Jesse Krohn opened a gap to the field in the No. 24 BMW M8 GTE after the green flag waved, to lead by 3.5 seconds after the opening 30 minutes were completed. Carrying a 15 second lead, Krohn pitted six laps later to turn the No. 24 M8 over to Edwards.
With just over one hour remaining in the race and 77 laps completed in the GTLM class contest, BMW Team RLL began planning their final pit stops. Edwards rejoined in second, 12 seconds from the leader. All GTLM class competitors completed their second pit stops before the race’s first caution flag waved after almost two hours of green flag racing. The yellow flag packed up the field and, with Edwards in second and De Phillippi in fourth, the race to the checkered flag began as the green flag waved on lap 92. A scary crash involving a prototype car brought out a second yellow and then a red flag with 30 minutes to go. The restart left a hard 17 minutes of racing with BMW ultimately second and fourth at the checkered flag.
John Edwards, driver No. 24 BMW M8 GTE (P2): “It is great to be back on the podium, but the result is bittersweet as we had the car to beat for quite a bit of the race.”