Turner and Salama Score Podium - Extend Lead Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada - 05/23/2004 - Turner Motorsport scored their third podium finish in a row after Will Turner and Don Salama piloted their Turner Motorsport BMW 330i to second-place in...
Turner and Salama Score Podium - Extend Lead
Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada - 05/23/2004 - Turner Motorsport scored their third podium finish in a row after Will Turner and Don Salama piloted their Turner Motorsport BMW 330i to second-place in yesterday afternoon's Mont Tremblant 250 in Quebec. Tim Pappas and Jim Hamblin also finished in the top five with a fourth place effort. Will Turner and Don Salama stretched their lead in the Grand Am Cup ST Championship.
Will Turner put the BMW 330i on the front row in Saturday morning's qualifying session. He led much of his race until another car made contact and he was forced back a few positions. Don Salama took over the car midway through the race and the team changed tires and added fuel. Salama led the majority of his stint before pitting for a splash of fuel with less than 9 minutes remaining in the 3-hour race. He fought his way back and passed under the checkered flag in second place.
Don Salama, #95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i: "Our car was perfect. The crew nailed every pitstop. We didn't win the race but our result keeps on top in the Championship. The Grand Am Cup program is really starting to come together; all of the winning pieces are there. Once we figure out the fuel strategy for this car we will start posting some numbers in the Wins column."
Tim Pappas and Jim Hamblin teamed up for the second time this season to score another top five finish by bringing home the #97 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i in fourth place. Pappas qualified the car in eighth and he attributed their climb to smooth driving and clean pitstops. Despite a crash earlier this year in Homestead, Pappas remains a contender in the Championship.
Tim Pappas, $97 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i: "We've been well into the top ten at every race this season. We were knocked out of one race but the car has not let us down. The Turner Motorsport crew has done an excellent job. There's not a lot of teams that can say that they've had two cars good enough for the podium at every race."
The SPEED Channel will begin broadcasts of this race on May 30, 2004 at 12:00pm. Will Turner and Don Salama will carry their lead into the next round of the Grand Am Cup ST Championship at Watkins Glen, starting on June 18.
Don't miss the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs SPEED Touring Car race next weekend from Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Bill Auberlen will be looking to add another win to his 2004 record after scoring a victory in the opening round at Sebring Raceway in March. All three Turner Motorsport SPEED Touring Car pilots have top ten positions to defend. Round two of the Touring Car series gets underway this Friday. Check it out.