Turner and Salama Move Up In Championship HOMESTEAD-MIAMI, FL - 03/30/2004 - The Turner Motorsport team scored their second straight podium finish in yesterday's Grand Am Cup race from Homestead-Miami Speedway in southern Florida. Will Turner...
Turner and Salama Move Up In Championship
HOMESTEAD-MIAMI, FL - 03/30/2004 - The Turner Motorsport team scored their second straight podium finish in yesterday's Grand Am Cup race from Homestead-Miami Speedway in southern Florida. Will Turner and Don Salama piloted their Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i to second place in the ST class. Their podium finish vaults them into 2nd place in the overall Championship standings. Teammates Tim Pappas and Jim Hamblin retired midway through the race due to a collision with another car.
Turner and Salama led Saturday's practice sessions. And during qualifying they scored a second-row starting position. Turner took the first stint in the car and led at several points in the race. Salama brought the car in on lap 90 for fuel and resumed his race in third place. He moved into second when the #2 Lexus IS300 made a fuel stop.
Will Turner, #95 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i: "I am real pleased with this result. Building top performing BMWs is what Turner Motorsport is known for and I think had our second team car not had an incident we might have had more blue and yellow on the podium. Our car worked really well and our fuel economy was on par with almost everyone else's. We've got really good momentum for the next round."
Tim Pappas and Jim Hamblin started from third place and briefly led the ST class at one point. Pappas started the race and the two Turner Motorsport BMWs raced nose to tail for a while but it ended before Hamblin could even get behind the wheel. Entering turn eight at Homestead a faster GS-class Firebird lost its brakes and hit Pappas. The resulting damage cost both cars their races.
Tim Pappas, #97 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i: "It's a shame as I was in second place in the Championship going into this race. It's still early in the season and we'll be back for the next round."
H&R Springs, Red Line Oil, Piloti Driving Shoes, and Sunoco Race Fuels support the blue and yellow Turner Motorsport Grand Am Cup team. The excellent BMW 330i gives the team an exceptional platform to take racing.
The next round of the Grand Am Cup series is April 8-10 at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. To see photos and information on the blue and yellow Turner Motorsport team, log on to www.tmsracing.com.