Driver Profile: Auberlen, Bill
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to compete with the BMW factory team in the ultimate sports-car race -- the 24 Hours of Le Mans -- where the team finished fourth.

    He also completed a full season of racing in Europe, where he notched a second-place finish in Czech and a third at the Nurburgring in Germany, driving a BMW-powered R&S Mk III. And he gave BMW its first prototype victory, at Laguna Seca Raceway in California.

    In 1999, Bill realized every racer's dream. He was offered a full-time "ride" with the Munich-based BMW Motorsport team in the prestigious sports-car prototype class, driving a BMW V12 Le Mans Roadster. He scored three podium positions in the American Le Mans Series and was fifth at Le Mans. He returned to the team for a second season in 2000.

No Stops
    So how does a kid go from riding bikes in the desert to driving with one of the world's best racing teams? With a lot of support and hard work, according to Bill.

    He says his father gave him the tenacity to weather the worst. "The support of my dad was everything. He gave me direction before I knew what direction was," he noted.

    For three years, Bill worked nine hours a day, then logged six or seven hours in the race shop every night. The experience reinforced his
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