Auberlen Takes First Pole Of 2004 SEBRING, FL - 03/18/2004 - Bill Auberlen leads an all-BMW front row for today's SPEED Touring Car race at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. All three of the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMWs broke the...
Auberlen Takes First Pole Of 2004
SEBRING, FL - 03/18/2004 - Bill Auberlen leads an all-BMW front row for today's SPEED Touring Car race at Sebring International Raceway in Florida. All three of the Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMWs broke the existing lap record in qualifying yesterday with Auberlen starting first, Justin Marks from eighth, and Dino Crescentini from fourteenth. The race is today at 1:15pm.
This is Auberlen's second Sebring pole in a row having won the pole - and the race - last year. Auberlen drove his #1 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 325i to a lap time of 2:23.199 - over 3.5 seconds faster than last year's time.
Bill Auberlen: "This is pretty much the same car that we won the last race with in 2003. It's a great car with lots of Turner Motorsport development done on it. I've got a lot of laps on these new Toyo RA-1 race tires so setting up the car was a snap. The BMWs feel instantly at home at Sebring and I'm excited that defending my Championship is off to a great start."
Justin Marks has been quick since first turning a wheel in Tuesday's practice sessions. Marks will start from the eighth position on the grid - less than a second off his teammate's pole winning time. Justin's biggest threat is his standing starts; look for him to jump several places when the lights go out at the start of the race.
Dino Crescentini will start from fourteenth place in his first World Challenge race. The Rookie-of-the-Year contender is driving the #3 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs/Centric Parts 325i. Dino showed lots of speed in practice sessions where all three Turner Motorsport BMWs were in the top ten.
Dino Crescentini: "We changed some things from our practice set up and they didn't really work out. We were fast in practice so we'll go back to that setup for the race."