TC Kline Racing Takes Sixth Straight Podium Columbus, Ohio -- September 26, 2003 -- Following two previous wins at Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen, TC Kline Racing scores another podium with a second place finish just seconds behind the Acura Integra...
TC Kline Racing Takes Sixth Straight Podium
Columbus, Ohio -- September 26, 2003 -- Following two previous wins at Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen, TC Kline Racing scores another podium with a second place finish just seconds behind the Acura Integra R of Power Racing.
The Mosport 300 proved to be an action-packed race. By combining the ST and GS Classes for the Mosport 300, the size of the field added yet another challenge to the already daunting Mosport course located near Toronto, Canada. With more than fifty cars on the track, heavy traffic played a significant role in the race and caused several full-course cautions throughout the day.
"With the number of yellows during the race, a sound pit stop strategy was critical," said Don Salama, lead driver for the team. "One of the reasons we were able to remain a contender is due to well-timed pit stops. TC made all the right calls."
As a result of their successful strategy early in the race, the #12 Z4, piloted by Steve Pfeffer and Don Salama, led its class for more than 70 laps of the 99-lap race. With only 13 minutes left to go, the #12 Z4 was overpowered by the #77 Acura Integra that held on for the win. The #12 car took second and the #92 TC Kline Z4 pulled out a fifth place finish.
During the second of the back-to-back races in Canada, at Mont Tremblant, Pfeffer and Salama again were in the hunt with the #12 Z4 running within the top three cars for most of the race. The end of the race was dramatic with three cars battling for the lead in ST1: #38 BMW Z3, #06 BMW Z3, and our #12 BMW Z4. Salama took the lead with only ten laps to go, but it was all for not because the Z4 ran out of fuel on the last lap. "We knew it was going to be close," commented Salama, "but we had to go for it." The #12 Z4 ended the day with a 6th place finish.
The Grand Am Cup Series moves on to Virginia International Raceway for race number ten on Saturday, October 4.
TC Kline Racing is located in Columbus, Ohio and continues to be a recognized and well-respected name in racing as it has been for more than 15 years. The team is the first team in the world to race BMW Z4s in professional competition and has taken five podium finishes of the first eight races. In 1999, TC Kline Racing opened a specialty tuner division through which BMW enthusiasts can obtain the same custom-designed TC Kline parts that are used in the team's race cars. An online catalog is available at www.tcklineracing.com.