TC Kline Racing leads the field for 82 laps enroute to its second consecutive win. July 1, 2003 -- Having qualified an incredible 1st and 2nd for the seventh Grand Am Cup Series, ST 1 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the two TC Kline BMW Z4s...
TC Kline Racing leads the field for 82 laps enroute to its second consecutive win.
July 1, 2003 -- Having qualified an incredible 1st and 2nd for the seventh Grand Am Cup Series, ST 1 race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the two TC Kline BMW Z4s led the field from the start of the two and a half hour race. In fact, the #12 Z4 went on to lead every lap of the race and grab the team's second consecutive victory of the season following their win last weekend at Watkins Glen International.
Steve Pfeffer, starting driver of the #12 car began the day by lowering his own Sport Touring track record in qualifying to earn the pole position. TC Kline Racing teammate, and driver of the #92 Z4, Beau Buisson, followed Steve around the track to qualify an impressive 2nd.
In the race, Steve took advantage of his pole position and spread the lead between him and the third place Lexus by seven seconds by the 16th lap. He increased his lead to well over a minute before pitting to turn the car over to Don Salama.
Kline commented, "Steve did a great job of holding the lead and saving the tires during his stint in the race. After we saw all the competitors change tires, we decided to save some time by not changing ours. As a result of the quick pit stop, the #12 Z4 was able to remain in first place as it returned to the field. Our strategy paid off."
Co-driver Don Salama took over at lap 56 and held off the field for the remaining 45 minutes of the race. The #12 Z4 led every lap of the 82-lap race earning the TC Kline team their place at the top of the podium.
The Mid-Ohio Twin 200s will be aired on SpeedVision on July 19th at 1:00 ET. The Grand Am Cup Series moves on to Mosport International Raceway for race number eight on September 13.
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 to race BMW Z4s in professional competition and has taken four podium finishes of the first seven 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.