AMESBURY, Mass. (May 18, 2005) - Turner Motorsport and Toyo Tires have teamed up to run a 2005 BMW M3 in SCCA Club Racing's Touring 2 (T2) class in 2005 with an aim at winning the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® T2 title held at Mid Ohio in September. The Toyo Tires/Turner Motorsport M3 will be driven by Will Turner in numerous Club Racing National racesn starting May 28 at Nelson Ledges.
The T2 class is comprised of performance sedans and coupes with only safety add-ons and a bare minimum of performance upgrades allowed. The Toyo M3 has a full roll cage and fire system. The car is mostly stock with a full interior, Borla cat-back exhaust, stock brakes but with racing pads, and stock engine internals. All suspension bushings and bearings must remain standard BMW but the stock shocks were swapped out in favor of a set of H&R adjustable units.
Will Turner is the president of Turner Motorsport Inc, a world-renowned BMW tuner and constructor of championship-winning racecars. Turner started his career with SCCA Club Racing in 1991 with a BMW 325is. From 1991 to 1997 he won several divisional ITS championships. In 1998 he entered the SCCA World Challenge series, missing rookie of the year honors by one point. Since then, Turner has recorded 3 wins, 18 top 5, and 42 top ten finishes. In 2003 and 2004 the Turner Motorsport team scored back-to-back driver's championships and manufacturer's championships for BMW. In 2005, Will Turner will also be driving a Turner Motorsport BMW 330i in the Grand Am Cup ST class. He is currently second in championship points. Turner Motorsport campaigns two BMW 330s in the ST class and an E46 M3 in the Grand Am Cup GS class.
Will Turner, pilot Toyo Tires/Turner Motorsport BMW M3:
"With this M3, Turner Motorsport is testing the competitive edge of a standard M3. This is what a lot of our customers are driving and racing an M3 will provide us with a better understanding of their cars. We're going to give customers and fans another reason why Turner Motorsport and Toyo Tires are the best out there for performance."
Travis Roffler, Director of Marketing for Toyo Tires:
"We have been very impressed with Turner Motorsport's ability to compete and win in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series and we are looking to bring that same winning mentality to the T2 class of SCCA Club Racing. We look forward to utilizing this venue to highlight the race proven performance capability of the Proxes RA1. We believe Will Turner is an excellent choice to pilot the BMW M3 to a T2 Championship at the runoffs."
The SCCA Runoffs is the week-long championship for all national classes of SCCA Club Racing. It will be held at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in September. The Runoffs® are televised by The SPEED Channel. For more information, please visit www.tmsracing.com.
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