Tri-Point Motorsports place two on podium for second consecutive race. July 27, 2003. Sonoma, CA. Matching their performance almost one month earlier at Road Atlanta, Jeff Altenburg and Shauna Marinus finished second and third respectively in...
Tri-Point Motorsports place two on podium for second consecutive race.
July 27, 2003. Sonoma, CA. Matching their performance almost one month earlier at Road Atlanta, Jeff Altenburg and Shauna Marinus finished second and third respectively in their Tri-Point Motorsports Mazdaspeed Proteges in Round Five of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Championship as part of the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend.
"Once again Tri-Point Motorsports has done an excellent job in getting us to the front of the field in touring car competition," an excited Altenburg commented. "The team worked hard all weekend to bring the cars up to speed and actually had to rebuild the gearboxes on both cars twice, and while we didn't have enough for Bill Auberlen this weekend, these results have helped to propel both of us into the top ten in points as we start the second half of the season."
After becoming the first woman to claim a podium in World Challenge competition at Road Atlanta, Marinus was ecstatic to repeat the feat so quickly. "It's a great feeling to be up on the podium again with my teammate Jeff here, doubly so to be on the podium at my home track," Marinus commented. "I can't say enough about the Tri-Point Motorsports crew and our Mazdaspeed Proteges, this podium is for them and now we'll work on moving up to claim first and second place finishes."
In making their way to the podium both Altenburg and Marinus had their work cut out for them. Despite qualifying second and third, both fell back several places on the start as the rear-wheeled drive BMWs were able to use that to their advantage and jump ahead on the standing start, a feature of World Challenge competition. Temporarily delayed, both set out to reclaim the positions lost. "Jeff and I followed each other as we tried to work our way around Pierre Kleinubing and Nic Jonsson. Jeff was able to get around Pierre first and when I was trying to get past him we made contact and it might have cut down his tire," Marinus explained. "That was really the only disappointment for me today as I don't like to race that way."
On the strength of the last two race weekends Marinus has jumped up to sixth place in points while Altenburg sits in tenth place with five races left in the 2003 campaign. Altenburg is energized as he feels momentum turning their direction. "We had a rough start to the season but it feels like Tri-Point Motorsports has found the sweet spot and it should make for some exciting racing the rest of the season."
Round Six of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship will be held on August 8-11 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, as part of the ChampCar weekend.
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