It isn't all about going very fast and round and round. Well, yes it is, but we can be entertained by it in different ways.
Chrysler Group's SRT (Street and Racing Technology) brand has announced that it is teaming up with Universal Pictures in the United States to promote "Rush," a Ron Howard biographical action film based on the true story of Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda. The movie opens nationwide Sept. 27. The SRT brand has added graphics from the film to its No. 91 Rush SRT Viper GTS-R race car that competes in the GT Class of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). In its first ALMS event appearance Aug. 11, the "Rush"-sponsored No. 91 Viper GTS-R race car driven by Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher won in the GT Class at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. They will be in the Grand Prix of Baltimore and currently are tied for second with BMW Team RLL Crowne Plaza driver Dirk Mueller in the GT standings with 73 points, trailing Corvette Racing Compuware drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, who co-lead the class with 78 points.
In television, Patrick Dempsey (of Grey's Anatomy) and his Del Piero Racing team returns to ALMS competition this weekend at the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Saturday, Aug. 31. He is on a quest to compete in this year's LeMans and is the focus of Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans, a four-part miniseries that will debut on the Velocity network, beginning on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 10 p.m. ET.
In other television news, four SRT Viper drivers will visit children who are patients in a major hospital located one mile from the Inner Harbor Street Circuit. Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens will be joined by teammates Tommy Kendall, Kuno Wittmer and Jonathan Bomarito on Thursday morning, August 29 at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. About 10-15 children are expected to participate in the live closed-circuit television show, while another 30-40 are anticipated to watch from their rooms. The visit was made possible by the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer in cooperation with SRT and the ALMS.
For the rest of us, we should find qualifying and live streaming of the race on ESPN3.com at 4:20 p.m. ET Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31 at 3:30 pm respectively. The Grand Prix of Baltimore is scheduled to be broadcast on ABC television at 12:00 pm ET on Sunday, Sept. 1st. ALMS.com will stream in-car footage throughout the race and the full live feed for international views.
Follow BMW Team RLL on Twitter at @BMWUSARacing for “from-the-pit-box” updates all weekend.
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