Coming off an historic win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, placing one car on the podium at Monterey, another in sixth and the final member of the BMW 328i trio in 11th might not sound like something to crow about, but the ninth round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Series typified BimmerWorld's remarkable season.
The BMW experts were fast, fought for the win in the Street Tuner class, saw two of its drivers spray champagne during podium celebrations and all of its entries grabbed a handful of points in all three championship categories.
With two wins from nine races, eight podium visits, all of its drivers inside the top 10 in the Drivers' Championship, all three of its cars in the top 10 in the teams' standings and having played a significant role in moving BMW atop the Manufacturers' Championship, BimmerWorld is closing out the 2012 season in machine-like form.
If winning every race isn't possible, BimmerWorld's formula of maximizing its total team performance each weekend when the victory is out of reach has clearly been paying off.
One year ago, BimmerWorld owner/driver James Clay had his team fielding a pair of BMWs in both the ST and the Grand Sport categories, but after shifting his program over to run three BimmerWorld-built 328i ST cars for 2012, the results-and his team's status in the series-have continued to skyrocket.
"I am very happy with our team's performance this year," said Clay. "The move in 2012 to focus purely on the ST program has definitely paid dividends and been the foundation of our results. Every team car has visited the podium multiple times this year, which to me really reinforces our objective that every car is a Championship contender. And without question, every person in every position on the BimmerWorld team has delivered this year to make all this happen."
BimmerWorld has seen the Nos. 80, 81 and 82 328is surge at different points during the season, but the one constant between its fleet of BMWs has been paying points into the Manufacturers' Championship.
Although each of the BimmerWorld driver tandems hope to move up a few spots in the final Drivers' Championship standings, cementing the title for BMW at the final race-held near the company's New Jersey American base-is also a primary focus for Clay's team.