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Road America: Turner Motorsports Friday notes

Teammates all on track for Saturday qualifying. Elkhart Lake, Wisc. July 5th 2002 - Turner Motorsports took to the track for the morning session enjoying cool temperatures and mostly sunny skies. The challenging 4.048 mile Road America was ready...

Teammates all on track for Saturday qualifying.

Elkhart Lake, Wisc. July 5th 2002 - Turner Motorsports took to the track for the morning session enjoying cool temperatures and mostly sunny skies. The challenging 4.048 mile Road America was ready for the first practice session for the SPEED World Challenge Round 5.

The three teammates and their carefully prepared Turner Motorsports/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i machines set out on an exploratory practice round. Their goal was to collect data to help improve the cars for the afternoon session and ultimately build up speed for Saturdays qualifying session.

Once again, the Turner Motorsports' commitment to preparation paid off. The morning times, while not the fastest, were solid. Frank Selldorff, in the #94 Turner Motorsports/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i ended the session with the 12th fastest time of 2:38.124 at 92.160 mph. Bobby Sak, in the #93 Turner Motorsports/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i took one spot ahead of Frank at 2:37.894 at 92.294 mph. Will Turner, in the #92 Turner Motorsports/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i came in sitting 10th with a 2:37.610 at 92.461 mph.

In the second session, Will Turner turned up the heat and push his #92 Turner Motorsports/H&R Springs/Patrick BMW 325i to second fastest for the session making him third fastest for the day in combined times.

"After the morning session," said Turner, "I sat down with my teammates [#93 Sak and #94 Selldorff] and discussed what we thought we needed. Interestingly enough, we all agreed that we needed to review the data from each car. It was a good call. We were able to see that Bobby might be faster in one part of the track, while Frank was quicker in another. It became very obvious the we were a bit guilty of not understanding the track."

Turner continued, "we decided that we would do some minor changes to each car and concentrate on the track information we learned from each other. It's a big track that requires you to really work every section to get the most out of it. You carry a lot of speed into the corners.... but if you don't exit right, you can't take advantage of the long straight away. There's a lot of speed on the straights...." he added. "but that speed is not going to help your time if you're not paying attention in the corners."

"We'll take the setup from my car and work on getting Bobby [Sak] and Frank [Selldorff] faster in the morning." Turner said. "Bobby's going to change differentials to get a little different gearing. That will help is effort. We'll have them both up and ready to go for tomorrow's qualifying. "

The SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship provides competition between various makes of cars on the same track at the same time. It is not uncommon to see more than 60 cars entered in weekend events. Manufacturers include BMW, Audi, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Volkswagen and Mercury. To find out more about this hotly contested series visit www.world-challenge.com.

Turner Motorsports was founded in 1993 to provided BMW enthusiasts with high-performance parts. Through extensive on-track testing in BMW club racing and SCCA club/Pro Racing, Turner Motorsports has developed a line of parts unequaled in today's marketplace. This commitment has earned Turner Motorsports the reputation of "Ultra High Perfromance BMW Specialist." Visit Turner Motorsports on the web at www.turnermotorsports.com.

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Series PWC
Drivers Bobby Sak , Will Turner , Frank Selldorff
Teams Turner Motorsport