Pappas and Pfeffer Score Second-Straight Daytona Podium Daytona, FL, USA - 02/06/2005 - Turner Motorsport capped off an exciting week of racing with third and fourth place finishes for the two 330s in the Grand Am Cup ST class while the team's...
Pappas and Pfeffer Score Second-Straight Daytona Podium
Daytona, FL, USA - 02/06/2005 - Turner Motorsport capped off an exciting week of racing with third and fourth place finishes for the two 330s in the Grand Am Cup ST class while the team's new BMW M3 showed strong promise early in the GS class but fell from the leader board with electrical problems.
Tim Pappas and Steve Pfeffer repeated their success from last year at Daytona where they also scored a podium finish. The #97 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i led at times and ran in second place for most of the 57-lap race. Their race went without a hitch and finished in third place, two positions in front of their teammates.
Will Turner and Don Salama finished in fifth place in the ST class in the #22 BMW 330i. The switch to the #22 car came as a result of a huge crash in practice with Turner behind the wheel. The car was damaged to such an extent that repairs could not be carried out at the track. Turner was not seriously hurt in the accident. He and Salama shared the 330i with Matt Connolly. The trio also ran well during the race and encountered no major problems. They scored a top five to start the season off strong.
Justin Marks made an explosive debut for the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/CROCS BMW M3 in the GS class, capturing the class pole position in the car's first official event. Marks kept the BMW at the front of the field until just before the halfway point when the car began to experience throttle trouble. He was forced to pit where the Turner Motorsport crew went to work but found a faulty throttle position switch on the new car and they were forced to retire it.
Justin Marks, #97 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/CROCS BMW M3:
"It's a real shame because the car was otherwise perfect and the race would have turned out in our favor. It's just bad racing luck because this problem didn't come up at all during testing. There's still a lot of racing left in the year and the CROCS BMW M3 is going to be a contender so if it's going to happen better now than later in the title chase."
The next event is for the GS class only as the Grand American Road Racing Association heads to the Dominican Republic for its first-ever Caribbean race. That race takes place on March 12. The next ST class round will be on April 2 at California Speedway near Los Angeles.
Bill Auberlen, #97 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/CROCS BMW M3:
"Bring on the heat in Santo Domingo! It's going to be an exciting race in front of a good crowd. Turner Motorsport has been down there before when we raced - and won - in Touring Cars in Puerto Rico. Let me tell you, give me a BMW down there any time and we're going come out on top."
The SPEED Channel will be broadcasting the Daytona round of the Grand Am Cup series beginning on March 5, 2005 at 11:00am ET. Stay tuned to the Turner Motorsport website for more news.