Bill Auberlen wins record 61st IMSA race in Michelin GT Challenge

August 22, 2020

Bill Auberlen wins record 61st IMSA race in Michelin GT Challenge

August 22, 2020

In Saturday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway, Bill Auberlen has just achieved his milestone 61st victory to become the all-time win leader in IMSA history.

Auberlen had been deadlocked with Scott Pruett on 60 wins, but his win today at VIR in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 today broke that tie. Watch the broadcast of tonight’s race on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Courtesy of a strategy that saw Auberlen’s co-driver Robby Foley run long in the middle stint and then pit later compared to some of the competition in the GT Daytona class, Auberlen was able to stretch the gap and secure the victory.

Here is a bit more info on Auberlen’s record setting career, as he has raced on and off with Michelin for more than two decades.

BILL AUBERLEN MICHELIN WINS STAT PACK

Overview: With today’s win in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge, Bill Auberlen has set a record for the most victories in the top level. He was tied with Scott Pruett.

Although Auberlen set most of his wins with other tire manufacturers (mainly by virtue of the series he raced in), Michelin has been an integral part of his racing career for more than two decades.

Background: Auberlen and BMW have been joined at the hip for more than 400 races over 20 years.

Auberlen has most recently won with Michelin and BMW with three generations of cars: the Z4 GTE (2013), M6 GTE (2015, 2017) and M6 GT3 (2019).

A more specific breakdown is below:

  • Today was Auberlen’s 10th top level sports car racing victory with Michelin.
  • Wins with Michelin include 1 in the American Le Mans Series (Long Beach 2013 GTLM), 8 in the WeatherTech Championship (Long Beach and COTA 2015, then Watkins Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in 2017 in GT Le Mans, then at CTMP and Michelin Raceway in 2019 GTD), 1 in the past IMSA series (Laguna Seca 1998)
  • Wins with BMW Z4 GTE, M6 GTE, M6 GT3, Riley & Scott Mk. III BMW (1998)
  • Has raced with Michelin off-and-on for more than 20 years
BILL AUBERLEN MICHELIN WINS PHOTOS OF NOTE

Looking in the pit lane at Road America 2019.

Ahead of his eventual 2017 Petit Le Mans victory in the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM, and his 400th start with BMW.

With Alexander Sims and Kuno Wittmer after the 2017 Petit Le Mans win.

After 2017 win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with Alexander Sims.

Auberlen’s first win with Alexander Sims in 2017 at Watkins Glen.

Auberlen with Dirk Werner after win at Long Beach in 2015.

Auberlen soaked by Dirk Werner at Long Beach 2015.

Then here was Auberlen with a win at Long Beach 2013, alongside Maxime Martin.

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