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Laguna Seca: Touring Car practice one report

Altenburg Leads Morning Practice at Laguna Seca MONTEREY, Calif., (Oct. 20, 2006) -- Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott, Md., was the fastest SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car in morning practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Teammate...

Altenburg Leads Morning Practice at Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif., (Oct. 20, 2006) -- Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott, Md., was the fastest SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car in morning practice at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Teammate Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., and Peter Cunningham, of Grafton, Wis., completed the top three fastest of the session, part of the Monterey Sports Car Championships.

Piloting the No. 72 Mazdaspeed/Tri-Point Motorsports Mazda 6, Altenburg laid down a time of 1:36.942 (83.109 mph) around the 2.238-mile track in the closing minutes of the session, nearly 0.1-second below the current track qualifying record at Laguna Seca, a 1:37.008 (83.053 mph), set last year by Peter Cunningham in an Acura TSX.

"The car is really good," Altenburg said. "We couldn't be happier. The StopTech brakes are awesome, as always. We've been working really hard and the cars are handling the best they ever have."

Fellow Mazda ace Pobst could certainly echo those sentiments, as he turned in a time of 1:36.988 (83.070 mph), behind the wheel of the No.73 Mazda 6, just a hair slower than teammate Altenburg, but still under the current track record.

Current record holder Cunningham completed the top three in his No. 1 Acura Certified Pre-Owned/RealTime Acura TSX, with a time of 1:37.042 (83.023 mph).

RealTime teammate and current SPEED Touring Car point leader Pierre Kleinubing, of Coconut Creek, Fla., was fourth quick in his No. 42 Acura TSX, with a time of 1:37.101 (82.973 mph), followed by the third Tri-Point Mazda 6 car of No. 74 Dino Crescentini, of Malibu, Calif., with a 1:37.122 (82.955 mph).

The final SPEED Touring Car practice will go green Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific). Sunday's race is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

-credit: scca

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Drivers Randy Pobst , Peter Cunningham , Jeff Altenburg , Dino Crescentini