In the nightcap to the Grand-Am Rolex Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Dalla Lana and Auberlen pulled a rare sweep, following up their Rolex GT victory in the “Grand Prix of Miami” with a win in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge “Kia 200.”
“My favorite day in the world is to win two races in one day,” said Auberlen, after winning the Grand Sport division of the “Kia 200.” “Coming in my 100th Rolex Series start and seeing Paul win his first two races, it's so sweet.”
How rare was the feat? The Turner Motorsports duo's double, this time in the No. 96 BMW, was only the second time in Grand-Am history that drivers scored two victories on the same day; Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber won in both the Daytona Prototype and GS II class in 2003.
Racing the same course alongside the Grand Sports in the “Kia 200,” Ian Baas caught Mathew Pombo at the finish line to win the Street Tuner class driving the No. 171 Volkswagen GTI. The APR Motorsports team won by .022 seconds, leading only the final inches of the race as Baas drafted by Pombo for a last-lap pass.
“We came through the final turn on his back bumper, and I had the torque on him to pull a slingshot,” said Baas. “That was the only time I led in the race.”
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Top 3 Grand Sport results
1. Bill Auberlen/Paul Dalla Lana
2. Billy Johnson/Jack Roush Jr.
3. Al Carter/Hugh Plumb
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Top 3 Street Tuner
1. Ian Bass/Ryan Ellis
2. Mark Pombo/Mathew Pombo
3. Sarah Cattaneo/Owen Trinkler