Turner Motorsport Ready For One Fast January with Over 50 Hours of Racing From Daytona to Dubai back to Daytona
Amesbury, MA 13 January 2010-- For years, Turner Motorsport has pushed the limit when it came to racing a BMW. With scores of victories and championships earned in every category that the team has competed in, Turner Motorsport has firmly established itself as the team to beat when it came to racing with the iconic roundel in North America.
And this week, Turner Motorsport will get the opportunity to show that excellence on the international stage when the team kicks off a huge month of racing with a two-pronged attack in the Dunlop 24 Hours of Dubai as the team prepares for a very busy month of racing in January that will see the organization take on over fifty hours of racing to open up 2011.
Following a successful test at Daytona International Speedway, where Turner showed strength with both the two-car Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge BMW M3 Grand Sport (GS) effort as well as the all-new BMW M3 Rolex Sports Car GT Class machine in its first laps at the famed "World Center of Racing," it was straight to the airport for the driving crew that will take on the new challenge of racing for 24 hours, halfway across the globe.
The Dubai effort will be a two-pronged attack for Turner Motorsport, which will be utilizing equipment from other teams for the first time, but bringing the same speed and strategy that the group has long been known for. This year's sixth running of the Dunlop 24H of Dubai will be the biggest one yet, with a full grid of 90 teams from 19 different countries.
The same outstanding driver line up that the team will deploy at Daytona in Rolex Series competition--Matt Plumb, Paul Dalla Lana, Boris Said, and Bill Auberlen-- has been picked up by Schubert Motorsport to drive the No. 77 BMW Z4 GT3 entry, carrying EA SPORTS branding.
"This is awesome," offered Turner as he got his first look at the 5.39-KM circuit. "Dubai may be completely new territory for us, but our team of drivers is exceptionally strong. We learned a lot when we finished in our first the Rolex 24 last year, and now to get the chance to take on two 24 hour races in one month, it just was something we just didn't want to miss. Even though the tracks are worlds apart, the same thing will be true in Dubai as it will in Daytona--we just have to be consistent and avoid the errors that slow you down or even take you out. Schubert Motorsport has a proven record in this kind of race, and with the drivers we have on board, we should be very competitive."
"I am really looking forward to the 24-hour race in Dubai," said Dalla Lana. "As we already know, my three team-mates are very quick drivers, and Schubert Motorsport has performed very well in Dubai in recent years. The race weekend in the desert should be extremely interesting. I will be driving at the Dubai Autodrome for the first time and am already excited about the BMW Z4 GT3. It will be a big challenge to familiarize myself with the track and the car as quickly as possible."
In addition to Turner's Rolex 24 roster of drivers in the Z4, there will be a second Dubai 24 entry that Will Turner and Don Salama will take to the cockpit and share. The duo, who scored the 2006 GRAND-AM Championship and combined for a victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in a more recent race outing, will co-drive with Hal Prewitt and Toto Lassally in the same No. 134 Marcus Racing International 2 120d that proved victorious in the 2010 running of the event.
The effort will target success on the track as well as off of it to support Every Lap Counts, a global fund raising effort supporting charitable causes for children through major international endurance auto races. Check out www.EveryLapCounts.com now for more information.
"It is a dream come true for Hal and I to be paired up with a pair of top drivers like Will Turner and Don Salama," SPEEDCOM Communications CEO and ELC Founder Lassally said. "When I heard they were interested in racing with us in Dubai, and that Cor would not be available due to his Dakar commitment, I knew we need to move quickly. With their talent, ability and popularity, we have a very good chance to not only score a repeat victory but also to generate some substantial funds for Every Lap Counts."
-source: turner motorsports