Daytona24: Turner Motorsport preview


January 21, 2011 (Amesbury, MA, USA) -- Countless hours of planning, design, and hard work at the Turner Motorsport BMW race shop will bear fruit next week with the team's second entry into the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. But tune in this weekend for a special preview, featuring the Turner Motorsport team, on the FX and Speed television networks that will showcase the team's preparation and development for the upcoming race. Last year's "Dream Team" line-up of drivers have returned in a quest for victory. The four drivers in the Turner Motorsport team include two past winners of the Rolex 24 and two fast and experienced up-and-comers. Their entry this year will come from a brand-new BMW E92 M3 in the GT class.

Bill Auberlen and Boris Said are back in the familiar blue and yellow livery to have another go at winning more Rolex 24 honors. Both drivers are previous class winners of this race, driving BMW M3s. Auberlen also drives for the factory BMW Motorsport team in the American Le Mans Series while Said has earned drives in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. They are joined again by Paul Dalla Lana who has raced with TMS since 2009, including last year's Rolex GT season. Both Auberlen and Dalla Lana will be driving the M3 GT for the 2011 season. Rounding out the Rolex 24 line-up is Rolex and Continental Sports Car regular Matt Plumb. Plumb has enjoyed a solid career in motorsports since 1999, racing in the Rolex GT class since 2002 and in the Daytona Prototype class in 2008.

"We're aiming for nothing less than a win this year," says team owner Will Turner. "Our car is a brand-new, from the ground up chassis, and it did very well in testing. And our experience from last year's Daytona 24 is going to translate into a stronger team for this year's big event. Our experienced crew means we're able to focus more on making the car faster rather than fixing little problems. And our driver line-up is as strong as ever. I'm pumped!"

This weekend the FX and Speed networks will be broadcasting a preview of the Rolex 24 race. Turner Motorsport is one of the teams featured in the show, which will pay a visit to the TMS racing shop to watch the build and development of the new M3 GT chassis. The Rolex 24 Preview will be broadcast on the FX Network on Saturday night at 11:00pm ET. It will repeat on the Speed Channel on Sunday and again next week.

The M3 GT racecar is built from a tube-frame Riley Technologies chassis with a carbon fiber body. The car was built up in the Turner Motorsport shop from a bare shell and weighs 2,650 lbs. The engine is a BMW S62 5.0-liter V8 built to race specifications and running a Bosch Motorsport engine management. The Turner car is equipped with StopTech Brakes, Forgeline Wheels, and Continental racing tires. During the "Roar Before the Rolex 24" official test sessions, the M3 GT was on the pace and performed flawlessly.

The Turner team will also be entering two E92 M3 racecars in the GS class of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series. Last year, the #97 Turner Motorsport M3 with Michael Marsal and Joey Hand finished second overall in the Team Championship. Both drivers will return to the Continental Tires series with the same #97 Marsal-Alvarez/Turner Motorsport M3. Also returning to the GS class will be Rolex 24 teammates Paul Dalla Lana and Bill Auberlen. They will be behind the wheel of the #96 NorthWest/Turner Motorsport BMW M3. The GS class race is slated for Friday afternoon at 1:30pm ET.

-source: tms

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Joey Hand , Will Turner , Paul Dalla Lana , Michael Marsal
Teams Turner Motorsport