Marsal Looking to Move up at Mid-Ohio

Marsal Looking to Move up at Mid-Ohio

Michael Marsal Media Contact: Matt Cleary
317.908.2975 (m)

Lexington, Ohio (8 June 2012) – Michael Marsal will start the EMCO Gears Classic from the eighth row on Saturday in Round 5 of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He will open the 2.5-hour race behind the wheel of the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMW before turning the car over to co-driver Boris Said who will take it to the finish.

The day opened with two practice sessions which saw the Turner Motorsport squad work through a range of set-ups on the No. 97 machine as the BMW experienced front push issues throughout the day. The team made a final change ahead of the second practice but several caution periods during the 30-minute session saw the track time cut significantly with the team unable to fully test the changes.

“We thought we had a good set up on the car and made a final change just to try to get it within the window that we wanted but I think the car developed a pretty large push,” said Marsal. “It probably wasn’t the best change but we didn’t get to test it in the last practice session. So I think we’re going to revert back to the other set-up for the race. The track really greased up – and our first laps were in traffic so I probably burned a lot of the rubber off trying to get around people and by the time I had some open track there just wasn’t enough left in the car.”

Marsal will look to make his way forward during his opening stint as he returns to one of his favorite tracks on the GRAND-AM circuit.

“Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite places to race but I’m not 100% sure about how good my luck is here,” said Marsal with a smile. “So I’m hoping that this year is going to bring better luck for me. It’s definitely a race that I’m looking forward to. I’m actually looking forward to starting mid-pack because I think once the traffic comes up and we start battling it’s going to be fun. It’s always fun to race this track. So I’m excited for tomorrow I’m starting right behind my teammate which is always a good time and hopefully both of us will be on the podium at the end.”

Marsal will return to the track for a final 30-minute practice session ahead of tomorrow’s 2.5-hour race which starts at 11:00 AM (ET). Live timing and scoring can be found at The event will be televised on SPEED at 12:00 PM (ET) on June 17.

Live timing and scoring can be followed at SPEED will televise the race on June 17 at 12:00 PM (ET).

Matt Cleary
Sunday Group Management
317.908.2975 (m)

Sunday Group Management is a leading motorsports management and communications consulting firm. Clients include Penske Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger, Rolex 24 at Daytona Champions Michael Shank Racing, Riley Technologies, Continental Tire, and several teams and drivers in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition.

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