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Turner Motorsport Does Texas Two-Step at COTA
by Frank A. Filipponio | Mar 07, 2013

The Grand-Am season is now fully underway and we're happy to report that Team StopTech's longtime partner, Turner Motorsport, had a heck of a weekend in Texas. Drivers Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana were doing the "Texas Two-Step" at Austin's Circuit of the Americas last weekend, as they claimed both the Continental Tire Challenge GS and Rolex GT class victories on the same day - the second time they've accomplished that feat.

It was almost 2 years to the day since the duo captured their first double victory in Grand-Am competition at Miami Homestead Speedway in 2011. This past weekend's class victories in the inaugural Grand-Am races at the highly acclaimed Circuit of the Americas marked just the third time in Grand-Am history that two drivers won both GT and GS races on the same day.

In the Saturday morning Continental Challenge race Auberlen and Dalla Lana, in the StopTech-equipped No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3, held off a hard-charging Spencer Pumpelly for the win.

In Saturday afternoon's Rolex GT race Auberlen and Dalla Lana had to come from almost two laps down after an early spin in the No. 94 M3. They charged to the front of the GT field, passing Andy Lally in the No. 44 Porsche with only seven minutes remaining. It took a minute to realize they had won though. The No. 63 Ferrari actually crossed the stripe first in the GT class but was assessed a stop- and-go plus 60-second penalty for avoidable contact with Lally with less than 10 minutes left in the race.

"The Ferrari and Andy were battling out up front. I put my head down and pushed. I didn't see what happened with Andy and the Ferrari, but it slowed Lally down and he came back to me. I had a move ready and I put it into action. It got tight ! It was a great win for Turner. This team is good enough to win races, so there's no reason we shouldn't try to win everything we get our hands on," Auberlen said.

Team owner Will Turner said, "What a weekend. I never imagined winning both classes again. When we race our goal is always to go for the win, but I didn't see these wins coming. I knew our cars would be strong , I saw that when we tested here, but I thought that in GS the Porsches had us covered. In GT the 63 Ferrari's penalty is really what gave us the win – Wins are tough to get so we will take them any way we can."

The race will air March 9 on SPEED.

The next round of Grand-Am competition will be at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on April 6th.

[Photo Credit Halston Pitman/MotorsportMedia]


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