Watkins Glen, New York June 30th, 2012– The Turner Motorsport M3s qualified yesterday after a long week of much needed work on the two GS machines after some frustrating results in Wisconsin last weekend. The team did an amazing job recovering and preparing for practice on Thursday and Friday. They had just a few days to get the cars back into racing condition after some unfortunate breaks early on in last weekends Continental race, which prevented both the 96 and 97 from finishing. Putting the disappointing weekend behind them, Michael Marsal and Paul Dalla Lana qualified the two M3s 10th and 15th respectively. The crew spent much of Friday evening making some changes on the cars in preparation for this morning’s practice session including a gear box change in the 96 M3.
“I honestly thought we had two top ten cars in qualifying, but some traffic and short qualifying session kept us from running some clean laps.” Said Will Turner. “It’s a long race and there are plenty of opportunities to make up those positions, I feel confident we have the cars and strategy to be up front this weekend. It looks like we are going to have some warm weather come race time and as the track heats up, the cars balance and handling will change. We will have to do what we can to stay consistent.”
After the strong test at Watkins Glen about a month ago the Turner M3s have shown consistent speed at many of the tracks visited since then. The goal this weekend is to stay out of trouble and use that speed and consistency to bring the two M3s to the front of the GS field. Pit stops will also be another key in allowing the cars to make it to the front, especially with a caution close to the 30 minute mark. The No. 96 M3 has a few new additions to the pit crew who have proven to be very fast in practice with a few sub 30 second pit stops. The team and drivers remain very optimistic as race time nears.
Race day activities kick off today at 2:00 with a pit lane fan walk and autograph session. The Continental Tire 150 will go green at 3:00PM (ET). Be sure to keep up with live updates during the 2.5 hour race from pit lane on Twitter and Facebook.
Pit stop video here: