SCC: Fontana: Turner Motorsport preview

Uphill Battle Expected As Weight, Driveline Adjustments Curtail BMWs California Speedway, Fontana, CA - 04/01/2005 - Turner Motorsport returns to the race circuit this weekend with a 200-mile event at California Speedway near Los Angeles. The ...

Uphill Battle Expected As Weight, Driveline Adjustments Curtail BMWs

California Speedway, Fontana, CA - 04/01/2005 - Turner Motorsport returns to the race circuit this weekend with a 200-mile event at California Speedway near Los Angeles. The Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMWs have looked exceptionally strong in the opening rounds of the season but recent weight adjustments threaten their speed.

This is the second round for the ST class but the third for the GS class. The GS participated in a headlining event on the island of the Dominican Republic in early-March. The ST class has not raced since the season opener at Daytona in February.

Bill Auberlen and Justin Marks, winners of the last round in Santo Domingo and California natives, are back behind the wheel of the #96 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW M3 in the GS class and are optimistic racing at a track in their home state. Two weeks ago, Auberlen and Marks teamed up for a win in the Caribbean city of Santo Domingo. The race this weekend is the first of two California races where Auberlen and Marks will be gunning for maximum points. They are now sixth in the overall Championship standings after two rounds.

Bill Auberlen, pilot, #96 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW M3:

"Grand Am Cup officials added weight prior to the Santo Domingo race but the M3 was fantastic and it didn't seem to matter thanks in large part to the performance of the StopTech Brakes and setup by Turner Motorsport and H&R. We're hoping for more of the same at Fontana."

Tim Pappas and Steve Pfeffer are looking to keep their success rolling this weekend. Driving the #97 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i to a third-place finish at Daytona, the duo actually sit in second in the overall standings.

Team owner Will Turner and co-driver Don Salama will try to jump a few spots from where they left off after the first round. Turner and Salama drove the #95 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i to a fifth place finish at Daytona.

Will Turner, team owner and driver, #95 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i:

"Our team is going to give it all we've got in both classes this weekend. But officials have saddled our 330s with 75 extra pounds and mandated the stock 330 gear ratio and that's designed to slow us down so that's not good. We'll just have to see. I guess Turner Motorsport just builds really good BMWs because we get weight adjustments wherever we go. All we can do is roll with the punches and put our crack engineers from H&R, StopTech, B&M, Borla, Red Line Oil, and Sunoco to work. We've also got Crocs, Motul, and Piloti on board. It's a great team."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Justin Marks , Tim Pappas , Steve Pfeffer , Will Turner , Don Salama
Teams Turner Motorsport