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Road Atlanta: Turner Motorsport preview

Rule changes affect Turner BMWs as championship race tightens BRASELTON, GA - 06/25/2003 - Turner Motorsport enters Round Four of the Speed Touring Car Championship with two drivers in the top five Championship standings. Bill Auberlen sits in...

Rule changes affect Turner BMWs as championship race tightens

BRASELTON, GA - 06/25/2003 - Turner Motorsport enters Round Four of the Speed Touring Car Championship with two drivers in the top five Championship standings. Bill Auberlen sits in second place overall with Will Turner in third. Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs drivers have always shown impressive speed at Road Atlanta in the past - good enough to lead races. With some improvements to the braking systems, another race win looks promising. The team remains focused on that goal despite a 100lb weight penalty recently added to the team's three BMWs.

Additional refinements to the three Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i racecars yield a better braking package for this coming race and drivers are hoping that the improvements will prevail over the weight penalties recently imposed by the sanctioning body, SCCA Pro Racing. SCCA's goal was to slow down the leaders. The added weight now makes the Turner BMW 325i the heaviest car in the Touring Car class with as much as a 400lb weight difference to their competitors. Yet all cars must use the same tire size. Acceleration is the most obvious victim but equally slashed is the handling and braking performance.

Bill Auberlen in the #93 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i will be affected more than most by all of this. His car will carry an additional 70lbs of R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight. This system employs a weight penalty for finishing well in races and thereby levels the playing field. Auberlen's BMW is now an additional 170lbs more than any other BMW in the series.

Expect the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMWs to look sharper for the rest of the year. Turner Motorsport has signed Meguiar's car care products as a technical partner to supply cleaning and polishing products to the team. Turner Motorsport and Meguiar's share in the enthusiasm of making cars shine on and off the racetrack. Meguiar's passion for car care can be seen in the beautiful preparation that goes into a Turner Motorsport racecar.

Look forward to continued updates on Friday's practice sessions, Saturday's qualifying, and Friday's race throughout the weekend. The Speed Channel will be broadcasting the Road Atlanta race beginning Saturday, July 12 at 3pm.

Click on www.world-challenge.com/2003/standings.html to see this session's results. See www.tmsracing.com for more Turner Motorsport Racing Action!

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Series PWC
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Will Turner
Teams Turner Motorsport