“It was the way it should be – nice and easy,” Auberlen said, “It's nice to have your team-mate give it to you right out front, and then have your team have such great pit strategy that keeps you up front all day long and actually get a lap up on the whole field. We had the speed out there, and Tom Milner did a great job.”
Marks – who won with Auberlen at VIR last season – started the #16 BMW just behind the #21 car on the grid and, like Milner, steadily gained positions during his stint.
“It was a pretty good day for us, but it may be too little too late,” he said of his championship chances, “It was a good effort by the team all weekend. I would have liked to come back and repeat at VIR, but there is always next year.”
“We are excited to be still in the championship hunt, that's what we race for all season long,” Hand added, “Justin did a stellar job bringing the car up the field after we didn't get to qualify, and the team did an awesome job on pit-stops. You can't say enough about BMW Team PTG. We had a great day, and now we just go to Mexico City and show off there.”
With a third-place finish, the #65 TRG Pontiac pairing of Andy Lally and Marc Bunting moved to the top of the GT driver standings. The duo came into VIR five points behind Synergy Racing's Porsche driver Craig Stanton, but a sixth podium of the season – coupled with Stanton's seventh-place run with David Murry – was enough to hand Lally and Bunting a one-point lead over Stanton heading into next month's season finale.