Auberlen Leads Championship After Podium Mosport, Ontario, Canada - 08/10/2004 - After a challenging weekend for BMW teams, Turner Motorsport came away from round seven still leading the Driver's, Manufacturer's, and Rookie of the Year points.
Auberlen Leads Championship After Podium
Mosport, Ontario, Canada - 08/10/2004 - After a challenging weekend for BMW teams, Turner Motorsport came away from round seven still leading the Driver's, Manufacturer's, and Rookie of the Year points. Bill Auberlen drove his Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i to third place on Sunday. Justin Marks in the #2 BMW 325i improved on his starting position to finish in seventh. Dino Crescentini fell victim to a first corner melee, finished 22nd, but still remains the leader for Rookie of the Year honors.
The Turner Motorsport BMWs escaped from a wild multi-car crash on the first lap that eliminated most of the top five cars. Bill Auberlen made it through unscathed but both Justin Marks and Dino Crescentini spun trying to avoid the accidents. Both continued but from the back of the pack.
Bill Auberlen, #1 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i:
"This was the first race where the Turner team was really challenged on setting up the car. New rules added a lot of weight to the front of our cars and that upset everything, especially braking and turn-in. The crew turned out an excellent car for the race though and I was able to sneak by several cars to finish on the podium."
Justin Marks, #2 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i:
"My car was great during the race. The accident on the first lap was total chaos and I fell victim to it. Someone hit me on the side and that dropped me back to last. I was still able to drive the car hard and it paid off in lap times and positions."
Dino Crescentini, #3 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW or Watertown BMW 325i:
"The start was very exciting. I started mid-pack but by the time I got there cars were still spinning. I spun as well. Then had some transmission trouble which kept me off the pace. Other than that we could have had a top ten car here this weekend."
Turner Motorsport also finished on the podium in the Grand Am Cup race held at Mid Ohio on Sunday. Team owner Will Turner and Don Salama finished in second place and extended their own lead in the Grand Am Cup ST Championship. It is the first time that the team has scored podium finishes in two different countries on the same day.
This race from Mosport will be broadcast on The SPEED Channel on this upcoming Sunday, August 15, 2004, at 12:00pm.
The SPEED Touring Car series heads to Road America in Wisconsin on August 20, 2004.