The EMCO Gears Classic race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 19 saw BMW reach a milestone in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series thanks to victories in both the Daytona Prototype and GT divisions in the same race.
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas took another step towards locking down the 2010 Daytona Prototype Championship with their fifth victory in seven races in the #01 Telmex/Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley.
At the same time, Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand gave Turner Motorsport its first GT win in the #94 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 in the GT class. This was also the first GT win for the BMW M6 model, and the first for a BMW of any type in Grand-Am Rolex Series GT since 2005.
Pirelli P Zeros played a key role in the successful day for both BMW teams, being the spec tires in this series. "It was a big day for Pirelli," Pruett said. "This was the first time we double-stinted a set of tires, and the performance was incredible. We worked them pretty hard because I had to fight my way through traffic. I was really asking a lot of the tires, but it allowed us to control the pace. It was huge."
As a rookie team in the Rolex series, the experienced Turner Motorsport crew was pleased with its result. "It was a great race and the tires were solid as a rock all day," said Bill Auberlen, who led 16 laps in his opening shift in the winning M6.
Joey Hand was at the wheel for 30 of the M6's 46 laps in the lead. "I was saving the tires from the beginning of my stint until the end of the race, and they held on," said Hand, who took the lead with 17 laps to go.
Next up for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series is the Brumos Porsche 250 At Daytona, which can be seen live on Speed TV at 11am ET/8am PT on July 3.