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Hi All -


HACK, doeboy and I just back from Laguna Seca last night. doeboy and I were 'helping' HACK cover GAC, Rolex and Formula BMW races for the Roundel. And HACK even got a some bonus e90 coverage.

We'll have some great stories about this weekend - especially when HACK gets some pics posted.

Quick summary - in the GAC race, Will Turner and Don Salama got 3rd in ST but still lost a little ground to the 70 Mazda team (who won on the last lap - dang), but congrats to Will and Don on the podium. The #97 TMS car of Pappas/Pfeffer got 6th and the TC Kline #71 Z4 got 7th I believe (I think that's their best finish so far), but unfortunately all the other Bimmerfest teams had mechanical trouble or were too busy taking each other out :eek: The real shame was Billy A./Justin Marks in the #96 car, who, with perfect pit strategy, had the car in great position to win coming back on track after the last pit stop, but a stop-n-go penalty dropped them back to 8th without enough time left to make it up.

In the Rolex race, Team PTG had a 1-2-3 podium as they gained some good ground in the manufacturers points. Tom Milner had to do a little juggling with his driver lineups after the 21 was badly damaged in practice (Porkchop punted Joey Hand into a wall at the corkscrew), but Billy A. joined Tom Milner Jr. and Justin Marks in the #16 car and got the win. In DP, the Finlay team was oh so close as their strategy and the car's performance had them in perfect position to contend for the win late in the race, but GAC brought them in under green to inspect a little bit of smoke coming from the rear of the car and that put them back in 8th - they finished 6th, but the team is getting there and they even beat the Ganassi team out of the pits on the last pit stop, so we look for them to keep getting stronger as the season progresses. :thumbup:
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Second Straight Podium Result For Turner and Salama

LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY, Monterey, CA - 05/02/2005 - Turner Motorsport BMWs scored pole positions in both classes of the Grand Am Cup series this past weekend at Laguna Seca. Justin Marks led the GS class in his Turner Motorsport/Baker Socks BMW M3 and Don Salama scored the first ST class pole of the year in a Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i. Tire wear and time spent in the pits dropped the BMWs from the lead during the race but both ST 330s finished in the top ten with Will Turner and Don Salama scoring their second podium finish in a row.

This was the third pole position of the year for the Turner Motorsport/Baker Socks BMW M3. Justin Marks started the race and swapped the lead with a Ford Mustang before handing the car off to Bill Auberlen on lap 44. However the car was assessed a penalty during the pit stop and the car fell back in the field but Auberlen was able to fight his way back to sixth overall. His charge was cut short when a battle with a fellow M3 driver turned ugly. Contact between the cars occurred which required a pit stop for both cars to change damaged wheels. While the TMS crew was faster the other M3 still got back out onto the track first. Auberlen did not give up and passed the other M3 only to be forced off the track on the last lap. The #96 M3 was classified in fifteenth overall.

Bill Auberlen, pilot, #96 Turner Motorsport/Baker Socks BMW M3: "I have to credit the Turner guys for putting together an awesome car. The H&R Springs and StopTech brakes let me chase down the leaders late in the race. The Baker Socks M3 was just awesome when the race went green and we used the caution periods to let the tires cool down. We were right there at the end but it was not to be. Things did not go our way even though the car was great. We have some time now before our next race and we're going to regroup and come back better than ever."

Don Salama qualified his Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i in first place. During the early parts of the race, Salama's strategy was to conserve his tires and prolong the performance of the car. Thanks to several caution periods, he was able to maximize his fuel usage. On lap 44 he brought the car in for tires and fuel and Will Turner got in. Turner was able to move up to third place by the checkered flag.

Will Turner, team owner and pilot, #95 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i: "The problem that we run into late in the race is tire performance. Because our car is several hundred pounds heavier than the other cars it's tough on the tires that we must use. It's not that the Hoosier tires are poor; it's that everyone is on the same size tire and that plays a huge factor late in a race as we lose grip in the corners and under braking while everyone else is still fresh. We had a flawless pit stop and the caution periods helped us to extend our fuel window and we finished on the podium for the second race in a row."

Tim Pappas and Steve Pfeffer in the #97 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i qualified in the sixth position. During the race they took advantage of an early caution period to pit for a driver change, fuel, and tires on lap 31. Grand Am officials penalized the #97 car during their pit stop but Steve Pfeffer drove a smooth and intelligent rest of the race to finish where they started in sixth place.

Turner Motorsport is excited to have Baker Socks on board as the new title sponsor of the #96 BMW M3. The team also receives support from H&R Springs, StopTech Brakes, B&M Racing, Borla, Red Line Oil, Pagid, Sunoco, Crocs, and Piloti Driving Shoes.

The SPEED Channel will broadcast the Laguna Seca round of the Grand Am Cup series on Saturday, May 14 at 1:00pm.

The next round of the Grand Am Cup series will be at Watkins Glen, New York on June 12 with the next race at Mosport, Ontario, Canada the following weekend.

Click on http://www.grandamerican.com/Events/SessionResults.asp?SessionID=505 to see this session's results. See http://www.tmsracing.com for more Turner Motorsport Racing Action!
I was excited reading this account...and wasn't even there. Whew!!!
scottn2retro said:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Second Straight Podium Result For Turner and Salama

LAGUNA SECA RACEWAY, Monterey, CA - 05/02/2005 - Turner Motorsport BMWs scored pole positions in both classes of the Grand Am Cup series this past weekend at Laguna Seca. Justin Marks led the GS class in his Turner Motorsport/Baker Socks BMW M3 and Don Salama scored the first ST class pole of the year in a Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i. Tire wear and time spent in the pits dropped the BMWs from the lead during the race but both ST 330s finished in the top ten with Will Turner and Don Salama scoring their second podium finish in a row.

This was the third pole position of the year for the Turner Motorsport/Baker Socks BMW M3. Justin Marks started the race and swapped the lead with a Ford Mustang before handing the car off to Bill Auberlen on lap 44. However the car was assessed a penalty during the pit stop and the car fell back in the field but Auberlen was able to fight his way back to sixth overall. His charge was cut short when a battle with a fellow M3 driver turned ugly. Contact between the cars occurred which required a pit stop for both cars to change damaged wheels. While the TMS crew was faster the other M3 still got back out onto the track first. Auberlen did not give up and passed the other M3 only to be forced off the track on the last lap. The #96 M3 was classified in fifteenth overall.

Bill Auberlen, pilot, #96 Turner Motorsport/Baker Socks BMW M3: "I have to credit the Turner guys for putting together an awesome car. The H&R Springs and StopTech brakes let me chase down the leaders late in the race. The Baker Socks M3 was just awesome when the race went green and we used the caution periods to let the tires cool down. We were right there at the end but it was not to be. Things did not go our way even though the car was great. We have some time now before our next race and we're going to regroup and come back better than ever."

Don Salama qualified his Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i in first place. During the early parts of the race, Salama's strategy was to conserve his tires and prolong the performance of the car. Thanks to several caution periods, he was able to maximize his fuel usage. On lap 44 he brought the car in for tires and fuel and Will Turner got in. Turner was able to move up to third place by the checkered flag.

Will Turner, team owner and pilot, #95 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i: "The problem that we run into late in the race is tire performance. Because our car is several hundred pounds heavier than the other cars it's tough on the tires that we must use. It's not that the Hoosier tires are poor; it's that everyone is on the same size tire and that plays a huge factor late in a race as we lose grip in the corners and under braking while everyone else is still fresh. We had a flawless pit stop and the caution periods helped us to extend our fuel window and we finished on the podium for the second race in a row."

Tim Pappas and Steve Pfeffer in the #97 Turner Motorsport/H&R Springs BMW 330i qualified in the sixth position. During the race they took advantage of an early caution period to pit for a driver change, fuel, and tires on lap 31. Grand Am officials penalized the #97 car during their pit stop but Steve Pfeffer drove a smooth and intelligent rest of the race to finish where they started in sixth place.

Turner Motorsport is excited to have Baker Socks on board as the new title sponsor of the #96 BMW M3. The team also receives support from H&R Springs, StopTech Brakes, B&M Racing, Borla, Red Line Oil, Pagid, Sunoco, Crocs, and Piloti Driving Shoes.

The SPEED Channel will broadcast the Laguna Seca round of the Grand Am Cup series on Saturday, May 14 at 1:00pm.

The next round of the Grand Am Cup series will be at Watkins Glen, New York on June 12 with the next race at Mosport, Ontario, Canada the following weekend.

Click on http://www.grandamerican.com/Events/SessionResults.asp?SessionID=505 to see this session's results. See http://www.tmsracing.com for more Turner Motorsport Racing Action!
That's nothin'. Try hearing the words out of Bill Auberlen's mouth about how he gave the special "point-by" to a Mustang that he was chasing, and how he was approaching turn 2 a little too fast and used that same Mustang as extra "braking" to make the turn.

THOSE were some awesome racing stories Bill was telling us. It was cool for him to hang around and talk to us after what surely was a very disappointing race on Saturday, where a very small mistake, not of his own making, cost him the race. And he didn't even blame the mistake on anyone. The way he puts it, sh*t happens, and he's seen the same mistake a hundred times...It was just unfortunate that it happened to him.
berford said:
I was excited reading this account...and wasn't even there. Whew!!!
I got pictures, but I need to sort through and figure out which ones I'm using for Roundel. I'll post some of the ones I decide not to send to Roundel.

If you want some good shots, Cliff3 took some nice shots that he posted in the Photography forum.
SteveT said:
Anybody got pictures?

:D
I think it was Gunnar Jeannette's Moostang in Turn 11 - said he got him in the same spot 2 laps in a row :rofl:

But HACK is being modest, gang - how many of us have had the chance to give Billy A. a point by? :yikes:
The HACK said:
That's nothin'. Try hearing the words out of Bill Auberlen's mouth about how he gave the special "point-by" to a Mustang that he was chasing, and how he was approaching turn 2 a little too fast and used that same Mustang as extra "braking" to make the turn.
:eeps:

(we need a point by smiley.)
scottn2retro said:
...how many of us have had the chance to give Billy A. a point by? :yikes:
Yup: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96437

Hack, Scott, Doeboy, I'm sorry I missed you guys.
SteveT said:
Anybody got pictures?

:D
I've been over there looking at them. Thanks! :thumbup:
Cliff3 said:
Yup: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96437

Hack, Scott, Doeboy, I'm sorry I missed you guys.
Here are some of my shots in chronological order:









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More to follow:









Maybe it was an omen...This is the ONLY good shot of the Finlay car I have, taken about 2 laps prior to the incident:

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And then some...

One for the beemer lovers among us:



I asked them if Doeboy can take this car out to the parade lap in exchange for pictures (their staff photographer was AWOL). Got shot down, reason? Preproduction vehicle. :rolleyes:





I think Doeboy's line would've been tighter through here.



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Last batch, I swear.





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:cry: It would've been sweet to get a chance to take that car out... oh well... I'll just have to get my jollies out there some other time... :)
The HACK said:
I asked them if Doeboy can take this car out to the parade lap in exchange for pictures (their staff photographer was AWOL). Got shot down, reason? Preproduction vehicle. :rolleyes:
Great pictures.

:thumbup:
I don't know how we couldn't have run into each other. Sure, it's a big place, but Sunday we were all over the place: corkscrew, corral, Formula BMW, Media center, podium area, paddock for PTG and Finlay, bratwurst stand, etc. :)
Cliff3 said:
Yup: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96437

Hack, Scott, Doeboy, I'm sorry I missed you guys.
Sunday I was home doing the laundry. We were only there on Saturday.
scottn2retro said:
I don't know how we couldn't have run into each other. Sure, it's a big place, but Sunday we were all over the place: corkscrew, corral, Formula BMW, Media center, podium area, paddock for PTG and Finlay, bratwurst stand, etc. :)
Nice pics. My favorite is 172 (even without BMW representation.) Also 334--different perspective is always nice.:thumbup:
Cliff3 said:
Yup: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=96437

Hack, Scott, Doeboy, I'm sorry I missed you guys.
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