Three TMS Drivers in the Top Five AMESBURY, MA, USA - 06/16/2004 - The two-car Turner Motorsport BMW team is geared up for this weekend's round of the Grand Am Cup endurance series. Team owner Will Turner, and co-driver, Don Salama are...
Three TMS Drivers in the Top Five
AMESBURY, MA, USA - 06/16/2004 - The two-car Turner Motorsport BMW team is geared up for this weekend's round of the Grand Am Cup endurance series. Team owner Will Turner, and co-driver, Don Salama are leading the Championship in their Turner Motorsport BMW 330i. Teammate Tim Pappas, in the other Turner Motorsport BMW 330i, is in third place in the overall Championship standings.
Will Turner and Don Salama currently have a 22-point lead in the ST-class Championship standings. Reliability and consistency has led them to three-straight second-place finishes at Homestead, Phoenix, and Mont Tremblant and given BMW a solid lead in the Manufacturer's Championship. The Watkins Glen racecourse should be a BMW-friendly circuit, which Salama proved last year by winning in a BMW Z4. However, regulations regarding the fuel capacity of the 330i will be a factor in the team's strategy.
Will Turner, team owner and driver of the #95 Turner Motorsport 330i: "Watkins Glen is a track that both Don Salama and I have a lot of experience at. Don won this race last year so we know that the BMWs are well suited for this track. But the rules limit us to 17 gallons of fuel while everyone else is allowed more. That throws us a curve as far as strategy goes: do we push as hard as we can and take an extra pit stop or do we play it conservative and not try for those extra tenths of a second per lap? We'll just have to see."
Tim Pappas will be behind the wheel of the #97 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i. Pappas has posted excellent results thus far. His third place in the standings is due to three top ten finishes in four races. Look for Pappas to be a strong contender for a win here this weekend. He came close at Daytona earlier this year and finished inside the top five at the last race.
This weekend's race starts on Saturday at 2:00pm ET. Qualifying is also on Saturday at 11:10am ET with Practice sessions on Friday. This is the fifth round of the Grand Am Cup series and it will be a 250-mile race around the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen circuit. The SPEED Channel will be broadcasting this race on Sunday, June 27th at 2:00pm ET.