SCC: Birmingham: Bill Auberlen preview

Bill Auberlen will reach two milestones this week, driving the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The race, scheduled for Saturday, April 10,...

Bill Auberlen will reach two milestones this week, driving the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. The race, scheduled for Saturday, April 10, will be Auberlen's 250th professional race with BMW power and his 150th GRAND-AM start.

Auberlen, of Redondo Beach, Calif., will alternate driving stints with Paul Dalla Lana of Toronto. They will do double duty on Saturday, first competing in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport-prepared BMW M6, then the Continental Challenge race.

"250 -- wow, that's even amazing to me, because it went so fast," Auberlen said. "People wonder if I ever get tired of driving BMWs. Well, I can honestly say two things: I never get tired of winning in BMWs and I never get tired of chocolate. To drive for BMW is an ongoing dream that I have been lucky to have for over a decade.

"The dream doesn't end when I leave the race track because when I get home, I get to re-live the dream in my E-92 M3 street car. Actually, I have to do battle with my wife to pry it out of her hands, but luckily, I wake up earlier and possession is nine-tenths of the law. I'm really looking forward to another 250 races and another four championships in my BMW!"

Auberlen has won six professional auto-racing championships, four in BMW cars. He has competed in 405 professional races to date, 248 in BMWs. His results include 78 race victories, 153 podium finishes, 55 pole positions, 70 fastest race laps and 104 records.

-source: bill auberlen PR

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Paul Dalla Lana
Teams Turner Motorsport