SCC: Birmingham: Turner Motorsport preview

Grand Am Cup Racing Resumes After Hiatus BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, Birmingham, AL - 07/29/2005 - Turner Motorsport is in Alabama this weekend for another round of the Grand Am Cup series. Barber Motorsports Park will host a 200-mile race on ...

Grand Am Cup Racing Resumes After Hiatus

BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK, Birmingham, AL - 07/29/2005 - Turner Motorsport is in Alabama this weekend for another round of the Grand Am Cup series. Barber Motorsports Park will host a 200-mile race on Saturday, July 30, starting at 3:00pm ET. Justin Marks and the Baker Sox/Turner Motorsport BMW M3 are in fifth in the GS class standings. His co-driver Bill Auberlen, after missing the last round, is in ninth place. ST drivers Will Turner and Don Salama are in fourth place with Steve Pfeffer and Tim Pappas right on their heels in the other ST class BMW 330i.

Justin Marks is coming from two top five finishes in the last two Grand Am Cup races - one of them a win at Watkins Glen. Marks also took victory at Daytona in the last round of the Rolex Series in another BMW M3. Last year at Barber, Marks and Auberlen teamed up for a win in the Rolex Series.

Will Turner and Don Salama are less than 10 points behind first place in the overall ST class standings. Although a win has eluded them, the H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i has not let them down all season.

Don Salama, #95 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i:

"We've had quick cars all season long but other cars seem to have an edge. The BMW doesn't really have a 'home track' - everywhere we go there seems to be another marque that as an edge over everyone else. But the TMS team keeps plugging away looking for speed. Hopefully, we can maintain some consistency in the last half of the season and sneak up in the points standings."

Steve Pfeffer and Tim Pappas in the #97 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i sit in fifth in the overall ST standings on the strength of four top ten finishes this year.

Barber Motorsports Park is a 2.3 mile long, 16-turn road course in Birmingham, Alabama.

Practice is set for Friday. Qualifying for the ST class is on Saturday morning at 11:10am with the GS qualifying slated for 11:35am (both times Central). The 200-mile, 2.5 hour race gets underway at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoon. All sessions can be viewed in real-time via the Grand American website or catch the SPEED Channel's coverage of the Barber 200 on Saturday, August 6 at 2:30pm ET.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Justin Marks , Tim Pappas , Steve Pfeffer , Will Turner , Don Salama
Teams Turner Motorsport