Turner BMWs Are Fan Favorites At Home Track LIME ROCK PARK, Lakeville, CT - 05/24/2006 - Turner Motorsport returns to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for this weekend's 5th round of the Grand Am Cup sports car series. The Massachusetts-based team...
Turner BMWs Are Fan Favorites At Home Track
LIME ROCK PARK, Lakeville, CT - 05/24/2006 - Turner Motorsport returns to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for this weekend's 5th round of the Grand Am Cup sports car series. The Massachusetts-based team is always a crowd-favorite at Lime Rock Park, mostly due to the years of success that team owner Will Turner has had racing in front of his home crowd.
Connecticut native Will Turner and his co-driver Don Salama, another veteran of Lime Rock Park, will be taking the wheel of their #95 H&R Springs/EdgeRock Technology BMW 330i starting with practice on Friday. Turner and Salama make up the biggest threat from the BMW contingent in the Street Tuner class (ST). They currently sit in third place in the overall Championship standings.
Will Turner, team owner and pilot, #95 H&R Springs/EdgeRock Technology BMW 330i:
"Lime Rock means a lot to me and to the team as a whole. Everyone on our team loves to come here and soak up the Memorial Day weekend atmosphere. It's really something special. And winning here is something we're very good at - we've won here in 2001, 2004, 2005, and hopefully in 2006 as well. A win here is extra special because all of our family and closest friends are here to celebrate. I think we'll be in great shape for the race on Saturday."
In the Grand Sport class, Bill Auberlen and Chris Gleason will be hunting for their second podium finish in a row after taking third place in Phoenix two weeks ago. Auberlen and Gleason form a fearsome pair in the #96 H&R Springs/StopTech Brakes/Gleason Financial BMW M3 - Gleason has been racing at Lime Rock since the early-1970s and his experience in endurance races has proven to be invaluable this year. Auberlen was won in just about every type of car at Lime Rock. In three of the last five races here, Auberlen has won while driving a Turner Motorsport BMW.
Bill Auberlen, #96 H&R Springs/StopTech Brakes/Gleason Financial BMW M3:
"This track suits me perfectly. For one, it's an easy track to drive but it's very fast and you have to have your wits about you. And I think I feed off the crowd and their passion. It fuels me to try harder each lap, to push the car and me more and more. I think we're looking really good for this weekend. I know the Turner crew will give us an amazing car and we're going to have a great race thanks to H&R, StopTech, and EdgeRock."
Driving the #97 H&R Springs/Under Armour BMW M3 will be Anders Hainer and Boris Said. Currently third overall in points after their last race in Phoenix, where they scored a second-place finish, Hainer and Said have quietly climbed the charts through the first four races of the season. Both drivers are Grand Am veterans but Said has another advantage to play out: through the late-1980s and early-1990s, Said was a regular fixture at Lime Rock in Corvettes and Mustangs. The valuable experience he acquired helped later in his career where he won the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring and at Spa-Francorchamps.
In addition to Turner Motorsport Inc, H&R Springs, StopTech Brakes, and Under Armour, B&M Racing, Borla Exhaust, Pagid Brakes, Motul Lubricants, and Piloti Driving Shoes will be assisting the team this year. Products from each of these companies are proudly used on the TMS racecars and have been proven winners in years past. The Turner Motorsport BMWs will also carry sponsorship from EdgeRock Technology Partners - a national IT staffing and enterprise solutions firm.
Lime Rock is an action-filled weekend with practice all-day on Friday and Saturday morning. Qualifying will be on Saturday - 11:10am for the Street Tuner class and 2:15pm for the Grand Sport class. The Street Tuner race will be Saturday afternoon, starting at 2:45pm. The Grand Sport race will kick off Monday's action at 10:05am. Each race is slated for 200 miles (130 laps, 2.5 hours).
The SPEED Channel will be broadcasting the GS race at a date to be determined.