Minor changes have been made to the driver lineup for BMW Team RLL’s second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with the BMW M8 GTE.
Tom Blomqvist will assume a full-time position aboard the Bobby Rahal-led team as Connor De Phillippi’s new co-driver in the No. 25 BMW. The No. 24 duo of Jesse Krohn and John Edwards will remain intact.
Blomqvist participated in this year’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen with the team for his first WeatherTech Championship start. He replaces the Formula E-bound Alexander Sims who won two races with De Phillippi in 2018 en route to finishing sixth in the GT Le Mans championship.
Rather than an extra one-off entry, BMW Brand Ambassador Alex Zanardi will drive one of BMW’s full-season GTLM entries during the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Zanardi, who lost both of his legs in a 2001 crash, will contest the daylong event in the No. 24 BMW with Krohn, Edwards and Chaz Mostert. Blomqvist and De Phillippi will welcome DTM driver Phillip Eng and incoming IndyCar Series rookie Colton Herta for Daytona.
The two BMWs, split between drivers representing six countries, will surface at the Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 4–6, 2019 for the Roar Before the Rolex 24.