#95 H&R Springs/EdgeRock Technology BMW Scores Second Podium
LIME ROCK PARK, Lakeville, CT - 05/30/2006 - Don Salama and Will Turner earned the pole and led the first half of the race in Saturday's Grand Am Cup Street Tuner event at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. When the checkered flag flew after 200 miles of racing, Turner and Salama scored a second place finish and advanced to second in the overall Championship standings.
Turner, a native of Connecticut, and Salama, who lived here for 20 years, showed just how much the BMW 330i loves Lime Rock with the pole position in Saturday morning's qualifying session. In the afternoon race, Salama led the field for much of the first half of the race.
The #95 H&R Springs/EdgeRock Technology BMW made its one, and only, pit stop at the race's mid-point and Will Turner got behind the wheel. The green-flag stop handed the lead over to the #01 Chevrolet and the two cars left pit lane only a car-length apart. But Turner did not let the #01 car sneak off into the lead and stayed within striking distance for the remainder of the race. The podium finish elevated Turner and Salama to second in the Championship.
Don Salama, #95 H&R Springs/EdgeRock Technology BMW 330i:
"We scored the pole which was a nice bonus at our home track. But we weren't the fastest car on the track during the race. The cars were actually very equal but over an entire race distance it's the little things that get you. Lime Rock is not an easy place to pass on and as our tires start to wear down it makes passing extra hard. Our car is 400lbs heavier than the Chevrolet so we have to be more conscience of the tire wear than the other guys. Overall it was a great weekend and our car performed beautifully thanks to H&R and EdgeRock."
The Street Tuner class ran a separate race from the Grand Sport class, where Turner Motorsport runs two BMW M3s. The GS race was on Monday and a full race report will be released shortly.