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Foley Becomes BMW Contracted Driver

Turner Motorsport veteran receives manufacturer status with BMW of North America…

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Robby Foley has become a BMW of North America contracted driver ahead of this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 26-year-old New Jersey native will take part in both the WeatherTech Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge again this year with longtime BMW customer squad Turner Motorsport.

Foley, whose FIA driver rating has been bumped from Silver to Gold, is set to share driving duties of Turner’s No. 96 BMW M4 GT3 with Patrick Gallagher for the full GTD season, with Michael Dinan and Jens Klingmann completing the lineup for the Rolex 24.

He will also take part in Friday’s BMW Endurance Challenge in one of Turner’s new BMW M4 GT4 entries with Vin Barletta.

“What an honor and privilege to officially be contracted as a BMW driver,” said Foley. “My journey with the brand began in 2018, with a few races for Turner Motorsport, which then transitioned into four full season campaigns.

“To see it come full circle is a childhood dream come true and I am extremely grateful for the trust that Victor Leleu and Dan Lubin from BMW NA have placed in me.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the support and help of many people, including Will Turner and my full-season teammates Vin [Barletta], Michael [Dinan] and Bill [Auberlen]. I can’t wait to kick the year off at Daytona.”

A total of three M4 GT3s are entered for the Rolex 24, including Turner’s sister entry that will compete in GTD Pro as well as the returning Paul Miller Racing entry in GTD.

It comes in addition to the pair of Team RLL factory-run BMW M Hybrid V8s in the new GTP class.

“BMW of North America’s Customer Racing program continues to grow stronger,” said Dan Lubin, BMW NA Motorsport Manager. “2023 is shaping up to be the best year yet. We look forward to cheering on even more BMW teams.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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