Hey Turner Motorsport, Whatcha Got Cookin’?

July 29, 201

Nate Siebens, Contributing Writer

The No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 crosses the finish line in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At about this time every year, in the dog days of summer, a popular expression is, ‘It’s so hot outside, you could fry an egg.’

In fact, every now and then, a television personality actually does fry an egg on a sidewalk, just to show it can be done if the mercury reaches a high enough level. Well, Turner Motorsport has taken that concept to a new level in a few recent GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races.

During the Brumos Porsche 250 on July 3, team owner Will Turner wrapped a frozen hamburger patty in aluminum foil and taped it to the floor panel of the team’s No. 94 BMW M6, which was co-driven by Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand. Turner got the idea following a radio transmission at an earlier race this season run in sweltering heat.

“I think it was Joey who radioed in, ‘Guys, I’m getting cooked in here,’” Turner recalls. “The response was, ‘What are we talking cooked? Rare, medium, medium well?’ He came back and said, ‘No, dude. I’m a fully cooked burger in here. Well done.’

“That got us thinking after we logged the temperature in the cockpit. We’re like, ‘Wait a second. You could really throw a burger in here and the burger would probably cook.’ That’s what we did at Daytona.”

You’d be hard pressed to find it in any cookbook, but as it turns out, two-and-a-half hours on the floorboard of a bright yellow BMW M6 powered by a V8 engine, racing around a 3.56-mile road circuit under a very warm Central Florida sun does a pretty good job of cooking a hamburger patty. “It was definitely well done,” says Turner.

The burger apparently brought some good luck to the team as well, as Hand and Auberlen came home with a second-place result. So what happened to the burger after the race?

“I didn’t think anybody would actually eat it, but Joey took a bite,” Turner said. “I brought it back to the crew after the race and because we had a pretty successful finish, the guys that crewed the car all had a bite in celebration.”

Turner and the team kicked it up a notch for the NJMP 250 presented by Crown Royal at New Jersey Motorsports Park on July 18. For that race, Turner prepared a thin chicken breast, smothered in barbecue sauce, which Hand, Auberlen and the team enjoyed post race following a fifth-place run.

So that begs the question, what will the team choose to cook next time out? Ribs? A hot dog or bratwurst perhaps?

“Joey wanted to do Red Baron Pizzas,” Turner says. “He’s like, ‘Yeah, every pit stop, we’ll come in and you’ll put another one in.’

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