TMS SWEEPS GRAND AM CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS Turner and Salama Follow GS Title With ST Championship VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, Alton, VA USA - October 9, 2006 -- In as many days, Turner Motorsport has crowned a second champion in the Grand Am Cup...
TMS SWEEPS GRAND AM CUP CHAMPIONSHIPS
Turner and Salama Follow GS Title With ST Championship
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, Alton, VA USA - October 9, 2006 -- In as many days, Turner Motorsport has crowned a second champion in the Grand Am Cup endurance series. Will Turner and Don Salama finished in second place in yesterday's 6-hour Street Tuner race at Virginia International Raceway. Thanks to their eleven-point lead heading into the race, Turner and Salama have won the Driver's Championship over Matt and Hugh Plumb by eight points. Turner Motorsport wins the ST Team Championship making this a sweep of the GS and ST Driver and Team Championships.
Will Turner: "This all has to be a dream. For your team to win the championship in two classes of the same series is every team owner's fantasy. This Turner Motorsport crew is tireless. They build the best BMWs and they do everything they can to make the cars reliable and fast. They are the best at what they do and that's what brings championships home. Of course I can't leave out my co-driver, Don Salama, who has everything you could want in a driver. I'll race with him in anything."
Turner and Salama's #95 H&R Springs/Borla Exhaust BMW 330i started from the front row, next to Matt and Hugh Plumb in the #27 Acura. Aside from pit stops, the #95 BMW stayed at the front end of the field for much of the 150-lap race. The BMW, Acura, and Mazda RX-8 of Ken Dobson and Scott Schlesinger shared the top three positions throughout the race. It was a tremendous battle among three very different cars.
Today's podium finish was the #95 BMW's fourth of the season and the eighth-straight top five finish of the season. Turner and Salama won the last round of the series at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Their win increased the lead they held in the championship from four points to eleven. At the end of today's race all they needed was to finish higher than ninth place to win.
Don Salama: "First, I have to say thanks to the Turner Motorsport crew for doing what they do so well. This championship -- and the GS title they won yesterday -- belongs as much to the crew as it does to Will and I. This has been a tough year. The BMW put us in contention all season long but we didn't take the lead in the championship until the eighth round. It was starting to feel like this wasn't going to be our year. But then we won in Utah and that boosted our spirits in the other direction. And now we stand as the Street Tuner champions."
This is Turner Motorsport's fourth championship since 2003. Anders Hainer won the Grand Sport championship in his Turner Motorsport BMW M3 yesterday in the GS 6-hour race. Bill Auberlen earned the Speed Touring Car title in 2003 and 2004 behind the wheel of a Turner Motorsport BMW. Auberlen and teammate Chris Gleason finished third in this year's GS title. Turner Motorsport is the sole BMW racing team in the USA to win a major sports car title in 2006.
Will Turner: "This has definitely been a season to remember. I want to say thanks to all of our crew and employees and drivers and to all of our fans for sharing in our triumphs. I also want to thank our customers who buy TMS parts every day for their own BMWs. Thanks for your support."
There's still one title left to win for Will Turner in 2006 -- the SCCA T2 championship this week at the SCCA Runoffs in Topeka, Kansas. Turner will be racing another Turner Motorsport BMW M3 with Toyo Tires in pursuit of his second title this year.
-credit: turner motorsport