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Amesbury, MA. -- Janaury 1st, 2020-- Turner Motorsport arrives at Daytona International Speedway to kick off the New Year and the start off the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Michelin Pilot Challenge.

The Turner BMWs will return to both the GT-Daytona (GTD) and Grand Sport (GS) classes for full season efforts with familiar and returning drivers as well as new drivers joining the blue and yellow.

Turner Motorsport will field the single BMW M6 GT3 in GTD alongside two BMW M4 GT4 GS beginning on the 3.56- mile 12-turn Daytona International Speedway January 24th- 26th.

The 2020 Rolex 24 at Daytona will mark the team’s twelfth consecutive appearance in the famed 24-hour endurance challenge. The season opening weekend will also mark the 22nd year of professional racing for the seven time championship winning team.

BMW Legend Bill Auberlen and up-and-coming superstar Robby Foley will return behind the wheel of the Turner BMW M6 GT3 for the full season joined by BMW Motorsport ace Jens Klingmann and Dillon Machavern in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Machavern is slated to join Auberlen and Foley in the North American Endurance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. The trio will return behind the wheel of the No. 96 Turner BMW for the first time since their historic win in the 10-Hour Petit Le Mans to end the 2019 season.

Auberlen is set to return to full time duty with Turner Motorsport after clinching his sixtieth North American Sportscar Victory to tie the all-time record.

Klingmann will be back in the Turner BMW with years of experience and success in the BMW M6 GT3 worldwide including the first ever win for the platform worldwide in 2016.

In the Grand Sport class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge, two fresh faces will join some familiar faces in two BMW M4 GT4 entries marking the return of twin GS entries for the first time since 2013.

Connor Bloum will join the Turner Motorsport team in the BMW M4 GT4 starting at Daytona for the 4 hour endurance race.

Robby Foley and Bill Auberlen will also field their own M4 GT4 with their third driver Vin Barletta for select events including the endurance race at Daytona.

Straus and Bloum will join forces together again after competing in both the Continental Tire Challenge in the Cayman GT4 as well as a BMW M4 GT4 in the Blancpain World Challenge.

Straus has worked her way through the ranks beginning in SCCA Pro Mazda MX-5 Cup making recent appearances in both the ST and GS classes of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge as well as the most recent appearances in the Blancpain World Challenge last year.

Bloum shares some of the same experience in the SCAA Pro Mazda MX-5 Cup as well as experience in both the GS class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge driving several difference platforms including the BMW M4 GT4.

On track action begins on Friday January 3rd and continues through Sunday for the Road Before the 24. The full season schedule can be found here.

Driver Quotes:

Robby Foley:
"So happy to be back with Turner Motorsport and Bill for the full 2020 season along with Dillon for the long races and Jens for Daytona. Keeping the same lineup as last year gives us great continuity, allowing us to pick up right where we left off at Petit. We had a rocky start to 2019, but finished strong with 2nd place in the championship. This year we need more consistency to do one better."

Bill Auberlen:
“It has been a long couple months since our memorable win at Petit Le Mans to tie the all time North American Sportscar win record. I have been counting down the days to get behind the wheel of the Turner BMW. We worked super hard all last season to pull off the results we did so I am confident we will be in a good place to kick off the 2020 season. The Turner team combined with our driver lineup should bring us a lot of positive results moving forward. Let’s get back on track."

Jens Klingmann:
I am so glad to be back in the US driving for Turner Motorsport in the BMW M6 GT3. The Rolex 24 is such a special event that I look forward to every year so I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to be back for another shot to win one of the most famous races in the world. Here’s to 2020!”

Dillon Machavern:
“It’s great to be back for a third season with Turner Motorsport. We have had some huge success over the last couple seasons with wins at Petit Le Mans and Watkins Glen. We have been working hard and I look forward to the big challenge to check off the big endurance races like Daytona and Sebring.”

Will Turner:
“It has been a super busy “off season” but we are ready to go for 2020. Our shop has been nonstop for the last couple months getting ready for our new GS program and revamping our existing GS and GTD programs. We are very much ready and excited for the Roar. It’s exciting to have some new faces join our driver lineups as well as some of our familiar drivers return to continue last year’s strong results.”


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Turner Motorsport is the leading BMW tuner in North America, bringing technology and expertise from the racetrack to the street for over two decades. Since 1993 the Turner Motorsport Team has competed in over 380 professional races, winning seven professional racing championships in four different series since 2003. The most recent being the 2014 Team Championship in the GTD-class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Their success is passed into every component that Turner Motorsport designs and sells through their comprehensive website and performance showroom. 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.


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