SCC: Mid-Ohio: Turner Motorsport preview

With Three Races To Go The Turner Team Focuses On Points MID OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE, Lexington, OH - 08/24/2005 - Following a win earlier in the month in Trois-Rivieres, Canada the Turner Motorsport BMW team is on the way to Mid Ohio for another...

With Three Races To Go The Turner Team Focuses On Points

MID OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE, Lexington, OH - 08/24/2005 - Following a win earlier in the month in Trois-Rivieres, Canada the Turner Motorsport BMW team is on the way to Mid Ohio for another round of the Grand Am Cup series. With three races left in the season, all six Turner Motorsport pilots have a shot at the GS or ST championship titles.

In the GS class, Justin Marks is on the move. The 24 year-old Californian holds second place in the overall standings - 25 points away from David Empringham in first place. Marks' co-driver in the #96 Baker Sox/H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW M3 is Bill Auberlen. With three wins and four pole positions and a four-race streak of top five results, Auberlen and Marks are within striking distance of the championship lead. With three races left in the year there is a lot of points still up for grabs and the duo will be on the attack with every opportunity.

In the ST class, defending pole winners Will Turner and Don Salama are in the midst of their own championship battle. Turner and Salama share driving duties in the #95 H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i. Salama won the Mid Ohio round of the Grand Am Cup championship in 2003 driving a BMW Z4. They also share third place in the overall standings - 13 points behind the leader. Turner is quick to point out that the margin is greater on the track than it appears on paper.

Will Turner, #95 H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i:

"The #70 Mazda team has finished in the top five in each race with the exception of one round (Watkins Glen). If you went by performance alone they would have a much greater lead in the standings. It has only been just recently that Grand Am officials put back some of their weight and gave us a break. We've been consistent all season but the Mazda has had that crucial edge in speed. Hopefully the playing field will be level for the remaining three races."

Also driving an H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 330i are Steve Pfeffer and Mike Fitzgerald. Pfeffer is a previous winner here in another BMW and Fitzgerald finished in fourth place during last year's ST race here. Pfeffer has five top ten finishes this year and sits in fifth place in the overall ST class standings with his usual co-driver Tim Pappas.

Mid Ohio Sports Car Course is a 2.4-mile natural terrain road course with 15 turns. Mid Ohio prides itself on being a fan-friendly attraction while remaining challenging for drivers. Practice sessions are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning with qualifying starting at 3:45pm (ET) on Saturday afternoon. The 200 mile race is on Sunday at 1:00pm (ET). The SPEED Channel has scheduled the broadcast of this race for September 17 at 12:00pm (ET).

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