Not what you normally expect to be parked in the shopping center parking lot with 400 street cars at a Cars & Coffee, but this BMW isn't the only race car to appear at Cars & Coffee in Richmond, Virginia. Below is a link to "The Cootie," a Ford Model T race car that was driven to Cars & Coffee in August.
Though, just a show car (maybe), from the outside it looks just like the race car. I watched the Rooster Hall Racing BMW race at Virginia International Raceway in April during the Pirelli World Challenge event.
Anthony Magagnoli was behind the wheel of the #80 BMW at VIR and throughout the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car class season. Magagnoli qualified the BMW in 5th place with a time of 2:02.927 over VIR's 3.27 mile Full Course, averaging 95.76 mph. He was 1.230 seconds slower than the pole setting BMW M235iR of Greg Liefooghe.
In the first race of the weekend, Magagnoli drove the Rooster Hall Racing BMW to a 12th place finish, 32.532 seconds behind the winning Audi RS 3 LMS of Paul Holton. Magagnoli was 4.201 seconds behind the 11th place car and 0.007 seconds ahead of the 13th place finisher. Magagnoli also finished in 12th during round 2.
The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season is over, and Anthony Magagnoli finished 6th in points for the Virginia-based Rooster Hall Racing team.
According to Will Turner of Turner Motorsports, the BMW M235i Racing shares many parts with the M235i car, making it cost effective for GT Racing. Turner Motorsports has three M235iRs entered in the Pirelli World Challenge.
The BMW M235iR is powered by a 3.0L, 24 valve, turbocharged inline 6, producing about 333 HP and 340 lb. ft. torque. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through an 8 speed transmission. The sedan weighs about 3375 lbs. It rides on four 265/660-18 Pirelli P-Zero tires mounted on 10x18 wheels.