Bill Auberlen, ...
Bill Auberlen, #1 Turner Motorsports/H&R Springs BMW, showed his championship winning ways to day winning the second round of the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car division in championship style--. flag to flag.
Auberlen managed to out run Nic Jonnson's #27 LectricAir/Tecmark Corporation BMW and Pete Cunningham in his #4 NISMO/TeamRTR Nissan Sentra.
Jonnson had been content riding in fourth for most the race following the Acuras of Kleinubing [#42] and Plum [#43] in second and third respectively. Cunningham didn't break into top five until lap 14.
On lap 21 Plum and Jonnson make contact. Plum gets the worst of it and by lap 23 the running order was Abuerlen, Kleinubing, Jonnson, Cunningham and Plumb.
By lap 32 a full-blown battle is occurring behind Auberlen. With Jonnson and Cunningham putting the pressure on, Kleinubing goes off and on in turn one. Jonnson and Cunningham capitalize on the situation and the race finishes with Auberlen in 1st, Jonnson in 2nd and Cunningham in 3rd.
"The car was fantastic," said Auberlen. "I've never driven a Touring Car race here in the dry and wondered if I could stick it up front somehow. When you are in a car that was that good, with a team that is that good, you almost can't lose."
Auberlen should know-- he's defending Champion for the series and two for two in 2004.
Bob Stretch, of Dallas, won the Sunoco Hard Charger of the Race award for advancing 30 positions throughout the race. He also won the B&M Holeshot award for advancing 18 positions on the first lap of the race.
Today's race will initially air at 12:00 p.m. (EDT), June 6 on SPEED Channel. The series next heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course June 25-27 for Round Three of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship.