Two Races Remain With Auberlen Leading Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - 08/23/2004 - TMS pilots protected their leads in the SPEED Touring Car series yesterday after an eventful race at Road America Raceway in Wisconsin. Bill Auberlen finished...
Two Races Remain With Auberlen Leading
Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI - 08/23/2004 - TMS pilots protected their leads in the SPEED Touring Car series yesterday after an eventful race at Road America Raceway in Wisconsin. Bill Auberlen finished in seventh place, and kept his lead in the overall Championship standings. Dino Crescentini earned a tenth place finish, which preserved his lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year race. Justin Marks left the race after a spin on lap 15.
The Road America race course is over 4 miles in length and is the longest track on the schedule. The extra length combined with extra weight to make the race tough on the BMWs and especially for Bill Auberlen's Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown 325i. Auberlen's car was carrying the full 250lb maximum amount of R.E.W.A.D.S. weight. His was not the only car to carry large amounts of success ballast and other cars in the Championship race also suffered during the course of the race. This actually helped Auberlen maintain his lead in the overall points standings.
Bill Auberlen, car #1 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i:
"We did the best we could. Other guys around me were carrying similar weight so we all pretty much finished about the same and the Championship order didn't change much. At this stage in the season that is what matters most. The top cars in the Championship are all pretty much equal."
After a slow start, Dino Crescentini sliced through the field to finish within the top ten and add some margin in the Rookie-of-the-Year standings. "This was a really great race. I was a little slow at the standing start but I was able to fight back and regain those positions. This Centric Parts BMW was excellent throughout the race and it should make for some great action on television."
Round eight of the SPEED Touring Car Championship will broadcast on The SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 29, 2004 at 12:00pm ET. Check the SPEED Channel website or a broadcast guide for future rebroadcasts.
The next round of the Championship will be held at Road Atlanta Raceway in Georgia during the Petit Le Mans week, September 22-25.