- Parent Category: BMW Racing News
- Category: 2014 IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship
- Published on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 00:00
- Written by Jeff Seabrook
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Amesbury, MA. – June 24th, 2014 -- One month after a hard-fought sixth place finish at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at The Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, the Turner Motorsport No. 94 Z4 GTD will once again take to the track for the fifth round of the 2014 TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. Round five brings the Turner Team to one of America's most iconic and historic road courses, Watkins Glen International Raceway in Watkins Glen, NY for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.
Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala will pilot the blue and yellow Turner BMW Z4 around the legendary 3.4-mile road course during the six-hour test of endurance, looking to continue the team's string of strong past performances at the track. In 2012 Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana placed the No. 94 BMW M3 GT on the podium with an impressive second place finish, and last year, the trio of Auberlen, Dalla Lana and Billy Johnson delivered a fourth place finish for the Turner team.
This will be Dane Cameron's third consecutive Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, the first behind the wheel of the Turner No. 94 Z4. In 2009 Cameron clinched a podium on the short course at Watkins Glen.
"Watkins Glen is one of the best racetracks we visit all year long, it has so much history and such great fan base that loves sports car racing. I think the high speed flowing nature of the layout should really play to the strengths of our Turner Motorsport Z4. The last few races have been short sprints so getting back into a longer six hour race will be fun and interesting to see how the strategies and driver pairings shake out over the long haul." said Dane Cameron.
Palttala will make his first appearance at Watkins Glen International Raceway and is eager to experience the 11-turn course, adding another track to his ever-growing resume. The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen will be Palttala's third endurance race in as many weeks, and the shortest, following back-to-back races at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Nurburgring 24 Hours.
In addition to the Sahlen's Six Hour on Sunday, Turner drivers Michael Marsal and Tom Kimber-Smith will take to the track on Saturday afternoon in the No. 97 GS M3 for the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen, the sixth round of the 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
Marsal and Kimber Smith bring lots of experience to Watkins Glen this weekend with the hopes of scoring their best finish of the season. As the duo put the difficult 6-turn Kansas Speedway behind them they focus on the more flowing and high speed nature of Watkins Glen International.
"We haven't had the results we know we are capable of yet this year so Tom and I will work hard to turn that around this weekend. The Turner M3s are always strong here at the Glen to I am very confident of solid results." said Marsal.
For Marsal this will be his fourth consecutive year racing at Watkins Glen in a Turner BMW. In his "rookie" season in a Turner BMW, Marsal scored second place with co-driver Joey Hand. In 2013 Marsal and co-drivers Gunter Schaldach and Pedro Lamy lead the Sahlen's Six Hour at the Glen in the Turner No. 93 GT M3.
The Continental Tire 150 at The Glen will take place on Saturday, June 28 at 11:30 am EST. Following the Continental Tire 150, qualifying for Sunday's six-hour race will be broadcast live beginning at 3:55 pm on IMSA.com. The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be broadcast LIVE on Fox Sports 1, starting at 11:00 am EST.