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Sears Point: Turner Motorsport preview

Local Drivers Are Favorites For This Weekend Infineon/Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA - 07/14/2004 - Rounds four and five of the Speed Touring Car Championship are this weekend at Infineon Raceway/Sears Point in northern California. All three ...

Local Drivers Are Favorites For This Weekend

Infineon/Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA - 07/14/2004 - Rounds four and five of the Speed Touring Car Championship are this weekend at Infineon Raceway/Sears Point in northern California. All three Turner Motorsport drivers are looking forward to these races, as the native Californians will be on home soil. Championship leader Bill Auberlen continues to accumulate R.E.W.A.R.D.S. weight and being a top contender at a double-header weekend could have serious consequences.

All three drivers of the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325s make their homes in California. Bill Auberlen is a previous winner of this event. In 2003, he won the Touring Car race and the World Challenge GT race in the same weekend. Auberlen has two wins and one fourth-place finish this year, which has given him a 14-point lead in the overall Championship. However, he has been "REWARDed" with 180lbs of ballast weight. With two races at one of his home tracks, Auberlen could potentially end up with 150 more pounds added to his BMW 325i.

Justin Marks, currently fifth in the Touring Car Championship standings, finished fourth at Sears Point last year. Marks has placed in the top ten in each of the three races this year, including finishing twice in the top five. Sitting just 11 points out of third place, Marks is looking to capitalize on his local knowledge.

Another local veteran is the driver of the #3 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/BMW of Watertown BMW 325i, Dino Crescentini. Dino, a West Coast veteran of Trans Am and Vintage races, expects to be a strong contender in the Centric Parts machine. The Infineon/Sears Point race circuit is the first track this season that Dino has raced on before. All of the other tracks were new for him. Still, Dino sits in 13th place in the overall Championship.

In addition to the families and friends of the Turner Motorsport drivers and crew, the team will have one more fan back home as Sydney Reid joined the Turner family on Thursday, July 8th. Both Mom and Sydney are doing well and wish the Turner Motorsport drivers well this weekend.

The first race of the weekend will be on Saturday although a time has yet to be finalized. The Speed Channel will be broadcasting this race on Sunday, July 18 at 12:00pm ET. The Red Line Oil Pole Day will be on Friday. This will be qualifying for race #1.

The second race will be on Sunday and broadcast LIVE on the Speed Channel at 2:55pm ET. Qualifying for this race will be on Saturday.

All of the Speed Touring Car sessions can be watched live on the Speed World Challenge website at www.world-challenge.com.

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Series PWC
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Justin Marks , Dino Crescentini
Teams Turner Motorsport