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Fry Joins BMW Team RLL as Technical Director

Veteran engineer Brandon Fry joins BMW Team RLL as new technical and racing operations director…

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Veteran engineer Brandon Fry has joined BMW Team RLL as its technical and racing operations director, for the team’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign with the new BMW M8 GTE.

Fry, who has more than 20 years of experience, including stints at Muscle Milk Pickett Racing and the Nissan LMP1 program, was most recently race engineer for Chip Ganassi Racing’s Indycar entry with Max Chilton.

“I’m really pleased that Brandon chose to join our team as technical and racing operations director,” said team principal Bobby Rahal.

“His history of success speaks for itself and I know that he will provide great value to our organization going forward.”

Fry effectively takes the position previously held by Jay O’Connell, who parted ways with the Ohio-based team late last year.

“I was really excited when Bobby called and offered me this opportunity to join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing,” Fry said.

“The team has a history of success and I’m looking forward to working with BMW Team RLL as the new BMW M8 GTE is launched for the 2018 IMSA season.”

BMW confirmed on Tuesday that the Team RLL will continue to operate its factory GTLM program, for what will be its 10th consecutive year together.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. tracer

    November 7, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    So if O’Connell left late last year, who was running the show this past season? Fry is a great add but I’d be reluctant to make any changes to the technical staff given the run of results RLL had in the second half of 2017.

    • Matt

      November 7, 2017 at 7:42 pm

      The run of results was mostly due to finally receiving a more competitive BoP.

  2. Griffm3

    November 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

    The BOP for the M6 early last year at Daytona and Sebring was really so blatantly bad something had to be done to get RLL at least in the mix. They ended up giving them too much and you saw with the 4 wins and could have been more if not for the pitstop and car issues.

    The M8 will be much faster out of the box at Daytona this year and they are doing alot more testing to work out the kinks on the car than the M6. BOP for the M8 will be a challenge, the car is a beast and will be fast at Daytona!

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