Bill Auberlen alongside co-driver Varun Choksey. (STR Photo)

New Multi-Year BMW Contract For Auberlen

BMW racing driver and BMW of North America Brand Ambassador Bill Auberlen will race for ST Racing in the SRO GT World Challenge America Championship this year, campaigning a BMW M4 GT3 in the PRO class with Varun Choksey.

This year marks the first year of a new multi-year contract that will see Auberlen help celebrate the 50th anniversary of BMW of North America in 2025 and race through the 2026 season, when he will observe his 30th anniversary with BMW. 

During his decades of competition, the 55-year-old has amassed more race starts behind the wheel of a BMW than any other driver. His record of 65 victories in IMSA puts him at the top of the all-time win list. He also leads the IMSA all-time pole list.

“I am excited to begin another chapter with BMW and BMW of North America,” Auberlen said. “In addition to driving the Roundel to the top of as many podiums as I can, I have always enjoyed mentoring up and coming drivers. I’m happy to welcome Varun to the BMW brand.

“ST Racing has already enjoyed quite a bit of success in SRO competition, and I hope Varun and I can contribute to even more great results.”

Always ready for a new challenge, Auberlen will co-drive the No. 28 BMW M4 GT3 with 27-year old Choksey, looking to enhance the career of yet another up-and-coming driver.

In seasons past, Auberlen has shared a BMW and his vast talent with more than 90 co-drivers. Choksey, from Atlanta, Ga., spent the previous two seasons racing in the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America single-make series, finishing 11th in the PRO class last year.

“It is important for me to continue to race a GT3 car and learn the intricacies of the co-driver relationship in the next stages of my career,” Choksey said. “SRO is a great step because GT World Challenge America offers great competition with excellent manufacturer support.

“When I was looking at next steps, Bill’s name was put forward as someone I should speak with. After a few calls, our families got together at Petit Le Mans 2023, and we began to make a plan. Bill put together a test at Buttonwillow with ST Racing and it went very well. I believe Bill and ST Racing is the combination that is the perfect move for me.”