TMS Leads Driver's, Manufacturer's, and Team's Championships VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, ALTON, VA - 10/04/2004 - Turner Motorsport scored their eighth podium in as many races this past weekend thanks to a third place finish by Tim Pappas...
TMS Leads Driver's, Manufacturer's, and Team's Championships
VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY, ALTON, VA - 10/04/2004 - Turner Motorsport scored their eighth podium in as many races this past weekend thanks to a third place finish by Tim Pappas and Beau Buisson in the #97 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i. Will Turner and Don Salama led the entire first half of an exciting race but made an un-scheduled pit stop that dropped them down to sixth in the final ST-class race results. Turner and Salama still retain their lead in the overall ST-class Championship standings.
Tim Pappas qualified the #97 BMW 330i in third place for Saturday's 250-mile endurance race. On lap 39, Beau Buisson took over the car and did an outstanding job keeping pressure on the Acura and Mazda teams as he ran as high as second place. The race lead was up for grabs between several of the top five cars, making this one of the most thrilling races of the year. The third place finish brings Pappas' string of top five finishes to five and keeps him in third place in the overall championship standings, just three points away from second place.
Will Turner qualified the #95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i on the pole for the race. He took the start and led the race for over an hour-and-half before pitting ahead of one of the Mazda RX-8s and handing over driving duties to Don Salama. Salama took to the track but had to pit again several laps later and under a green flag for the team to investigate a vibration in the car. He resumed the race but went down a lap to the leaders.
Will Turner and Don Salama both lead the Grand Am Cup ST class with an 18 point lead over second place. BMW continues to lead the Manufacturer's Championship and Turner Motorsport sits atop the Team Championship standings. Two races remain on the 2004 schedule with the next round at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama this weekend.
This round of the Grand Am Cup season will be broadcast this coming Sunday, October 17, 2004 at 12:00pm Eastern on The SPEED Channel. The two-hour race will feature both the GS and ST classes with an extra hour of thrilling battles at the front of both fields.