(Amesbury, MA) -- On racetracks across the country, Turner Motorsport has built a strong reputation for performance, reliability, and results, one race at a time. Last weekend, Turner added a significant new event to the organizations resume after leading and then finishing the Rolex 24 At Daytona in its GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series debut.
With drivers Paul Dalla Lana, Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, and Joey Hand sharing the driving in the No. 94 NorthWest/Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT class entry, Turner Motorsport finished the 8th in the GT class with 675 laps completed in the 48th running of the endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway.
Starting with the rain in the hours before the race even started, there was no shortage of setbacks for the team to overcome.Damage to the rear quarter panel and side rocker (from a careless DP driver), a collapsed induction tube, and the discovery that a brake change was needed--right as the green flag flew for a restart-- were just some of the issues that demanded response from the team.
Even though it was the first Rolex 24 for the team, it hardly looked like a rookie squad as each of these problems were assessed, sorted, and fixed to keep the No. 94 in contention and clicking off the laps.
"No matter how prepared you think you are, you can just just never know what this race is going to throw at you," said Will Turner. "And we saw that over and over this weekend. But the guys were right on top of it, and our drivers did a great job all day and all night. For us to just make it to the finish in this race was a great accomplishment for the entire team. We learned so much this weekend."
The covered race distance for the team was just over 2,400 miles, roughly the same distance the Turner Motorsport transporter travelled in the trip from team headquarters in Amesbury, Massachusetts, down to Daytona Beach and back. It's a trip the team owner is looking forward to making again.
"I think Bill (Auberlen) said that he'd like to take what we learned during the weekend and run the race again next week, and I agree with him," said Turner. "I don't want to wait a year! But that's part of what makes that race what it is. I'm looking forward to getting back. In the meantime, we are very excited about seeing what this M6 is like in the sprint races. The 24 was our first time actually racing this car, so even though we got 24 hours of new data to work with, it is still early days with the M6. The competition in GT is very high, and it's going to change from track to track, so we are all looking forward to getting back down to Florida next month and building on what we started at Daytona."
Round 2 of the 2010 Rolex Sports Car Series will take place on March 6th at Homestead Miami Speedway.
-source: turner motorsports