Auberlen, driver of the No. 93 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsports BMW 325i, was running fourth when he and third-place Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott Md., made contact on lap one at turn 12. As a result of the contact, Auberlen spun around and the entire field passed him. Not to be denied, Auberlen put on an impressive driving display that saw him climb from 34th position to the podium.
"We were along side each other and I was kind of the loser of the deal," said Auberlen describing his incident with Altenburg. "I went from third or fourth to dead last. I was thinking, 'I have a long way to go.' I got to about 22nd and thought I can't even catch these guys. I just kept chipping away and wound up in the front."
Kleinubing, who finished second at Road America last year, finished fourth driving the No. 42 RealTime Racing Acura RSX-S and Will Turner, placed fifth in his No. 92 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsports BMW 325i.
Mike Van Sicklen, of Nashville, Tenn., won the B&M Holshot award for advancing six positions on the first lap of the race. James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., won the Sunoco Hard Charger award for advancing 14 positions throughout the race.
Auberlen now has a 61-point lead in Speed Touring Car Drivers' Championship, with 206 points, followed by Pierre Kleinubing (145 points), Will Turner (133), Roger Foo (127) and Ken Dobson (113).
BMW maintains the lead in the Speed Touring Manufacturers' Championship Presented by Racer Magazine, with 53 points, followed by Acura (39 points), Mazda (26), Lexus (18), Nissan (14) and Audi (7).