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Sears Point: Turner Motorsport preview

Aero improvements and driver experience will be key factors Infineon/Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA - 07/24/2003 - Following up on the season's second win, the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW team anxiously returned to the track for more ...

Aero improvements and driver experience will be key factors

Infineon/Sears Point Raceway, Sonoma, CA - 07/24/2003 - Following up on the season's second win, the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW team anxiously returned to the track for more extensive testing in preparation for the next round. This weekend's round five of the Speed Touring Car Championship is being held at Infineon/Sears Point Raceway in northern California where the driver of the #93 BMW 325i, Bill Auberlen, feels right at home.

Auberlen won round four of the season at Road Atlanta Raceway in Georgia with a flag-to-flag sprint that also included the race's fastest lap. That was his second win of the year and boosted him back in the lead in the season-long Driver's Championship. It also put BMW back in front for the Manufacturer's Championship as well. Auberlen is ready to tame Sears Point Raceway this weekend as the native Californian has many previous race wins already on the winding and hilly 2.52-mile track.

BMWs have done extremely well in the last couple of races held at Sears Point with wins in 2000 and 2001. Combined with Auberlen's expertise and the team's recent aerodynamic refinements to the Turner Motorsport BMW 325i all three team cars are looking stellar for this weekend's event. The team spent some of the time between the last race and the upcoming one improving on the aerodynamic package.

This is the first race in a series that will see the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs team visit four racetracks in seven weeks. The Touring Car Championship has events scheduled for Sears Point, Mid Ohio, Road America, and Laguna Seca during that stretch. Check out www.tmsracing.com or www.world-challenge.com for detailed information.

Round five of the Speed Touring Car Championship rolls off Thursday with an open test session followed by Friday's official practice. Qualifying kicks off at 11:40am on Saturday. The Speed Touring Cars launch from the grid at 3:10pm on Sunday for their 50-minute race.

-www.tmsracing.com

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