The No. 24 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE will return to a black livery for this weekend’s Monterey Sports Car Championships presented by McLaren, with John Edwards and Jesse Krohn looking for a change of luck in the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
Edwards and Krohn currently sit eighth in the GT Le Mans points standings, with only one podium finish to their credit, following a challenging season for the car and team.
It will mark the first time the M8 GTE has been in black colors since last year.
“We’re back in black and hopefully will have a little more luck on our side!” Edwards said. “Laguna Seca seems to treat me either extremely well or extremely poorly, never in between.
“I’ve won championships there in formula cars and the GTLM race in 2015 and 2017, but equally have shown up with no pace and no results in other years.
“After some bad luck there last year, hopefully it’s time to turn around again and Jesse and I can get back the podium.”
Krohn added: “Laguna Seca is one of my favorite places to go in the US. Last season, we had a good weekend there, with a win for Connor and Alex and fourth place finish for John and me.
“I don’t see any reason we should not expect a similar performance.”
BMW and RLL will be seeking its third consecutive win at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, after Edwards and Martin Tomczyk’s class victory in 2017 and Connor De Phillippi and Alexander Sims taking the M8 GTE to victory last year.
The 2019 season has not necessarily gone to plan for the Ohio-based squad, with its class win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona so far being the only highlight.
“I believe we should feel good anytime BMW Team RLL heads to Laguna Seca,” said team principal Bobby Rahal.
“We have won three times in the previous four years. A good strategy and the ability to get through traffic – more than who has the fastest car is usually key to success.”