Homestead, Fla. (28 April 2012) - Despite racing with a car that only finished being built just moments before being loaded and heading to Homestead, Michael Marsal and Turner Motorsport co-driver Boris Said claimed a top-10 finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the Kia 200 and Round 3 of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Saturday driving their No. 97 BMW M3 to a seventh place finish in a race that saw a mix of both wet and dry conditions.
Rain was falling as the green flag flew but Marsal, who started from 26th on the grid due to a drive train issue that prevented the team from qualifying, immediately began a charge forward moving into the top-20 in a matter of laps.
During the second of seven caution periods, Turner Motorsport brought Marsal to pit lane for fuel and slick tires as the rain had stopped and the track began to dry out. Marsal returned to the field 14th in the order and again showed a combination of patience and aggression behind the wheel of the No. 97 BMW - running as high as ninth during his 1 hour and 10 minute stint.
"I always love coming back to Homestead," said Marsal who stood on the podium in his debut at the track in 2010. "I really like the ovals. I think it's fun - it's a challenge. You have to keep your foot down. We have a great handling car. It's just one of those things that if you have a great handling car it gives you a lot of confidence. This track just suits me - it's kind of a rhythm track and it's a lot of fun. I love going around the banking here. Homestead just suits my style of racing and there is just something about the track that does it for me."
Marsal handed the car over to Said, who returned to the track 12th. He quickly worked his way into the top-10 and made the most of a late race caution to come home with a seventh place finish. The positive result was a welcome and rewarding one for Marsal and the team - having rebounded from an abrupt end at the Barber Motorsports Park round when an unfortunate on-track incident saw the No. 97 massively damaged.
"Turner Motorsport is an incredible group of guys," offered Marsal. "Over the years I've been racing with them they never cease to amaze me but this tops it all. The No. 97 was a complete write-off after Barber, yet these guys put the nose to the grinder and they built a car in 14 days. I don't