Marks, Auberlen Score Big Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - 03/14/2005 - Bill Auberlen and Justin Marks co-drove a Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW M3 to its first victory in Grand Am Cup racing in Sunday's Miller 200 race in the Dominican ...
Marks, Auberlen Score Big
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - 03/14/2005 - Bill Auberlen and Justin Marks co-drove a Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW M3 to its first victory in Grand Am Cup racing in Sunday's Miller 200 race in the Dominican Republic. Marks, who started from the pole position, was never passed as he led 51 laps before his teammate Bill Auberlen took over the reins and finished off the win. It was the first win for the E46 M3 in Grand Am Cup competition.
Marks scored the pole position on Saturday. The Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs M3 took to the 1.6 mile Las Americas Autodromo track well and Marks praised the BMW's consistent agility in the track's 11 turns. The race win was the first for Marks in Grand Am Cup competition.
Justin Marks, #96 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW M3:
"We knew that the M3 would do well at this track. We all knew that the Mustangs would not have the speed that they had in Daytona. Turner and H&R did a fantastic job of preparing the car and doing the setup for this race. The fans here are simply great and we're going to celebrate the M3's first win with them."
Bill Auberlen credited excellent pit work for keeping the M3 near the front of the field. The team's only pitstop of the race came on lap 52. Shortly thereafter, Auberlen resumed the lead on a re-start and was able to hang on to the end despite the thick Caribbean heat and a late race charge from another M3.
Bill Auberlen, #96 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW M3:
"This was a tough race. My car got real hot for some reason right after I got in, and I ran out of water. It was real hard, but I just kept pushing, and the result was great. This was a great event and really unlike anything we have in America. I can't wait to come back next year."
Unlike all of the other race, this round of the Grand Am Cup championship will not be broadcast on The Speed Channel. The series' next race is April 1-2 at California Speedway in Fontana California where the Grand Am Cup ST class will re-join the schedule. With their win, Auberlen and Marks moved up in the overall standings. Driving Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330s in the ST category, Will Turner and Don Salama sit in fourth place overall and the lineup of Tim Pappas and Steve Pfeffer sit in second place.