Amesbury, Mass. April 25th, 2012 ---Turner Motorsport arrives at Homestead-Miami Speedway for Round 3 of the 2012 GRAND AM Series looking to find the balance the team had in last years championship-winning season. Competing with BMW M3s in both the Rolex Sports Car GT and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS classes, the first two rounds of the 2012 season has been one of yin and yang. A less than desirable result at Daytona in GT was balanced by two top-10 finishes in GS. A top-five finish in GT at Barber Motorsports Park saw both GS cars finish out of the points the No 96 car damaged and the No. 97 M3 written off in the same huge accident.
Defending race winners Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana finished fifth in the two-and-three-quarter-hour Porsche 250 for the duos first top-five finish of the young Rolex Sports Car season. Dalla Lana started the race from the 19th position after an off in the qualifying session the previous day denied him of a spot closer to the front of the 19-car GT field. He drove a strong opening stint before handing off to Auberlen who pushed the No. 94 M3 up to fifth at the checkered flag. Billy Johnson was suited up for the race, but did not drive.
If there is a track to manifest change, it is Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, the Turner team and drivers Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana doubled up for the win in both the GT and GS races here as the team went on to win the GS class team title and Dalla Lana the GS drivers championship.
Auberlen and Dalla Lana continue to co-drive both the No. 96 GS class M3 and the No. 94 GT class M3 in 2012. 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.
We had a miserable CTSCC race at Barber. Actually most teams did, it was a crash fest, said Will Turner, Team Owner. It has been three weeks of solid work to build a completely new No. 97 M3 for Michael and Boris. The guys at the Turner shop really stepped up to get the new car finished. Thursdays test session will be the first time it turns a Forgeline (wheel). Thursday will also see the No. 93 GT M3 back on track as we test a new driver, If all goes well he will suit up for Sundays race to co-drive with Billy Johnson.
Live timing and scoring from practice, qualifying and both races can be found on grand-am.com. The Rolex race will be broadcast at 1 p.m. ET April 29th on SPEED television.The CTSCC race will be broadcast on SPEED television on May 12th at 12:00 p.m. ET.
The Crash and Comeback of No. 97
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2012 ROLEX SERIES SCHEDULE
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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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