BMW Crowned Manufacturer's Champion; Auberlen Still Leads Driver's Race ROAD ATLANTA, BRASELTON, GA - 09/24/2004 - BMW clinched their second Manufacturer's Championship in a row after a second place finish by Justin Marks in a Turner ...
BMW Crowned Manufacturer's Champion; Auberlen Still Leads Driver's Race
ROAD ATLANTA, BRASELTON, GA - 09/24/2004 - BMW clinched their second Manufacturer's Championship in a row after a second place finish by Justin Marks in a Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i. Bill Auberlen retained his lead in the Driver's Championship thanks to a twelfth-place finish. And Dino Crescentini stretched his lead in the Rookie of the Year race with a ninth-place result.
BMW won their first Manufacturer's Championship in 2001 and won it again last year when Auberlen won the Driver's Championship. This year, a BMW didn't finish lower than third in each of the nine races held thus far. Auberlen and Marks combined for five of those finishes - including three wins. With one race to go, the driver's title is still undecided.
Just Marks, car #2 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i:
"We miscalculated a bit on the setup for qualifying. We thought we were going out with a car that was good enough for a front row starting spot. Turns out I could only manage ninth. The Turner Motorsport crew made another change before the race and the car was outstanding. I'm not going to think about what could or might have happened if I had started higher up in the field; I know what would have happened. This car was the class of the field today."
Bill Auberlen, car #1 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i:
"This car was hooked up for this race! The H&Rs and StopTech Brakes worked great! Unfortunately the extra weight of this car forced me to stay in the draft on the back straight. Keeping in the draft caused my car to overheat and I made a stop to the pits where the pros at Turner Motorsport fixed the problem and got me back out on the lead lap. I finished pretty well and because of the laps that I led I came away with enough points to stay in the lead in the overall championship."
Dino Crescentini, car #3 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown/Centric Parts BMW 325i:
"We did pretty well here this weekend. The Centric Parts BMW was stellar during the race and I think we put in another excellent performance. They gave me the B&M Holeshot Award for advancing the most positions on the standing start. I increased the gap in the Rookie of the Year points race which is special. And to have all three Turner Motorsport BMWs in the top ten in overall points and win the Manufacturer's title is excellent for the whole team. We set out to get as many points as we can and we succeeded."
Heading into the last round of the season, Auberlen leads the Driver's Championship with a 15-point lead over Nic Jonsson. Justin Marks is in fifth place overall; ten points out of fourth. Dino Crescentini is in ninth, with a 20-point lead in the Rookie of the Year race, and twelve points back from eighth.
The SPEED Channel will be showing this race from Road Atlanta this coming Sunday, September 26, 2004 at 12:00pm (noon).
The next round of the SPEED Touring Car Championship will be at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California on October 17, 2004. All three Turner Motorsport pilots are California residents and Laguna Seca is their playground. Stay tuned for more exciting Touring Car racing!