SCC: Birmingham: Turner Motorsport preview

TURNER M3s BATTLE BELOW MASON-DIXON LINE BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, Birmingham, AL (July 16, 2008) -- Turner Motorsport M3s are back in action this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The H&R Springs BMWs have done well on...

TURNER M3s BATTLE BELOW MASON-DIXON LINE

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, Birmingham, AL (July 16, 2008) -- Turner Motorsport M3s are back in action this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. The H&R Springs BMWs have done well on the 2.3-mile track with podium finishes in 2005 and 2007 and two top-five finishes in 2006. The team is also coming off a second-place finish two weekends ago at Watkins Glen Raceway. Everyone on the team is looking to move one step up the podium this weekend in a race that will be televised on The Speed Channel, July 26 at 2:00pm ET.

Bryan Ortiz and Don Salama scored the top spot in qualifying two weekends ago at Watkins Glen in the #97 H&R Springs/Nova Derm/OCG/GoToPuertoRico.com BMW M3. But their teammates Matt Alhadeff and Bill Auberlen grabbed second place at the checkered flag with the #96 Motul Lubricants/StopTech Brakes BMW M3. Ortiz was hit from behind during the early stages and knocked out of the race.

Will Turner, team owner: "Both M3s have had all of the ingredients in place except for the good luck. It's been the things out of our control that have crept up on is -- the #97 M3 taken out in the last race and both cars were stuck behind the pace car at Mosport. We had it all in place at Watkins Glen and it showed with the pole and the second-place. We're going to do everything we can to put both cars in contention for the win here on Saturday."

Turner continues, "In the past we have done very well here. Don Salama and I finished second here last year. Bill Auberlen was on the podium in 2005. The circuit suits the BMWs well and our StopTech Brakes and H&R Springs give us an edge that we hope to exploit. We want to take it all the way!"

-credit: tm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Will Turner , Don Salama , Bryan Ortiz
Teams Turner Motorsport