Amesbury, Mass. March 28th, 2012 --- Turner Motorsport will be back on track at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Ala., on March 29 31 for Round 2 of the 2012 GRAND AM Series. Both the Rolex Sports Car and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) series will race following a two-month break in the schedule after the season-opening races at the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.
Over the past three years of competition at the sinuous Barber circuit the experienced Turner team has developed quite an affinity for the tracks 2.3 miles and 17 turns. In both Rolex GT and CTSCC Grand Sports (GS) competition the blue and yellow liveried Turner Motorsport M3s have tallied one victory, two seconds, a fifth and two sixth place finishes.
In last years CTSCC Barber 200 Bill Auberlen and eventual GS drivers champion Paul Dalla Lana finished second. Michael Marsal, co-driving with Joey Hand, finished sixth. In 2010, Marsal and Hand finished third with Auberlen and Dalla Lana two positions back in fifth.
Joining Rolex Sports Car GT competition in 2010, Turner Motorsport drivers finished sixth in their first race at Barber. Last year Auberlen and Dalla Lana took their second consecutive victory of the season at Barber in the No. 94 BMW M3.
This year Auberlen and Dalla Lana continue to co-drive both the No. 96 GS class M3 and the No. 94 GT class M3. Michael Marsal has been joined by longtime BMW driver Boris Said in the No. 97 GS class M3 this season. No stranger to Turner Motorsport, Said drove with Dalla Lana in the CTSCC finale at Mid-Ohio last year to help clinch the team and drivers titles. At the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway in January Marsal and Said began their season with a strong sixth place finish. Auberlen and Dalla Lana finished right behind their teammates in seventh.
We have had great success at Barber, said Will Turner. Last year was especially good with Bill and Paul taking the GT victory and only narrowly missing the GS win. Both races at Daytona showed the BMWs have started the 2012 season with a less than favorable rules package, but the tight layout of the Barber circuit should favor the agility of our cars over the outright speed of our competitors.
The team has been busy testing and improving the cars since Daytona, I think they have made some good strides" said Bill Auberlen."Paul Dalla Lana loves Barber so I am really looking forward to Saturdays races
. Both of them!
The Rolex race will be broadcast at 4 p.m. ET (same day-tape delayed) on SPEED television.The CTSCC race will be broadcast on SPEED television on April 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET.
Round three of the 2012 Grand-Am season will be held at Homestead Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Florida on April 29th.
About Turner Motorsport
Turner Motorsport is a leading BMW tuner in North America, bringing technology and expertise from the racetrack to the street. Turner Motorsport is not about clever marketing tricks or gimmicks. Racetrack results speak themselves. The Turner Motorsport team has won six professional racing championships in three different series since 2003. This storied success is passed into every component that Turner Motorsport designs and sells through their website catalog. Our race team, R&D engineers and Sales team work together, ensuring practical knowledge and state-of-the-art engineering flow in both directions. Few companies in North America can claim such a close relationship to what they sell and what they race.
2012 ROLEX SERIES SCHEDULE
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LIVE! Porsche 250 March 31st @ 4:00pm ET | Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL
LIVE! Grand Prix of Miami April 29th @ 1:00pm ET | Homestead Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL
LIVE! New Jersey May 13th @ 1:00pm ET | New Jersey Motorsports Park, Millville, NJ
LIVE! Chverolet Grand-Am 200 June 2nd @ 5:00pm ET | Belle Isle Park, Detroit, MI
LIVE! Mid Ohio June 9th @ 4:30pm ET | Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH
LIVE! Road America June 23rd @ 12:00pm ET | Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI
LIVE! Sahlens Six Hours of The Glen July 1st @ 11:00am ET | Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen. NY
LIVE! Super Weekend at the Brickyard July 27th @ 4;30pm ET | Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, IN
LIVE! Watkins Glen International Short Course August 11th @ 6:00 ET | Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen. NY
LIVE! Circuit Gilles Villenueve August 18th @ 7:00pm ET | Circuit Gilles Villenueve, Montreal, Quebec
LIVE! Continental Tire Sports Car Festival September 9th @ 3:00pm ET | Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, CA
LIVE! Lime Rock Park September 29th @ 3:00pm ET | Limerock Park, Lakeville, CT
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