(FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
LAST MINUTE DRIVER CHANGE FOR TURNER BMW. PALTTALA TO REPLACE AUBERLEN.
Elkhart Lake, WI. — August 3rd, 2018 — Markus Palttala has been called in to replace BMW ace, Bill Auberlen at Road America for this weekend’s Continental Tire Roadrace Showcase.
Palttala will return to Turner Motorsport for the first time since his recent win at Watkins Glen in the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 in early July. Paltala will look to add to his already impressive resume with the blue and yellow sharing driving duties with up-and-coming superstart Robby Foley.
Palttala scored a vistory here at Road America in 2014 with co-driver Dane Cameron behind the wheel of their Championship winning BMW Z4.
Bill Auberlen suffered a minor accident during some home repairs yesterday and will miss this weekend’s race at Road America where he was scheduled to drive the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 with Robby Foley.
“All these years racing cars and I slip off a ladder at home,” Auberlen said. “I’m a little sore and wanted to race, but BMW of North America suggested I sit this one out to be 100 percent ready for the next race at VIR.”
Auberlen is the all-time leader in North American sports car pole positions with 43 and is second in all-time North American sports car victories with 58 – only two behind leader Scott Pruett.
This is only the second race the veteran has missed in his long career. He was sidelined in August 2001 after a crash at Mosport.
The two-hour and forty-minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase is scheduled for Sunday August 5th at 2:30pm ET with qualifying set to take place on Saturday at 1:25PM ET, broadcast live on IMSA.com. The race can be viewed LIVE on Fox Sports 1 beginning at 2:30pm ET on Sunday.
Tune into the Turner Motorsport social media channels for all the behind the scenes content from Road America beginning on Friday morning.
Stay connected. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter to get up to the minute updates from the race track.
About Turner Motorsport
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.
2018 Weathertech SportsCar Championship Schedule
Aug. 3-5 – Continental Tire Road Race Showcase P/GTLM/GTD
Road America – Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Aug. 17-19 – Michelin GT Challenge GTLM/GTD
VIRginia International Raceway – Danville, Virginia
Sept. 7-9 – Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda P/GTLM/GTD
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, California
Oct. 10-13 – Motul Petit Le Mans P/GTLM/GTD
Road Atlanta – Braselton, Georgia – 10 Hours
|Television coverage by
Please click here to check your local listings for both Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2.
LIQUI MOLY – A German Lubricant Company and Official lubricant of Turner Motorsport
TurnerMotorsport.com – Parts, Performance & Service Parts for BMWs
TurnerService.com – Service, Performance & Maintenance for BMWs
SONAX Car Care – High Quality German Car Care and Cleaners.
H&R Springs – Premium Quality Suspension Components
PAGID – Motorsport and High Performance Brake Products
1620 Workwear – American Made Workwear and Gear
Weathertech SportsCar Championship Homepage
Press Inquires please Contact
Director of Marketing
email: [email protected]
phone: 978-388-7769 ext. 630