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Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6s Prepared for Sebring and the 2007 World Challenge TC Season After a season long battle for the manufacturer's and driver's 2006 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car titles that netted hard fought second places in both...

Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6s Prepared for Sebring and the 2007 World Challenge TC Season

After a season long battle for the manufacturer's and driver's 2006 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car titles that netted hard fought second places in both categories, the Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 powered race team will be trying for the top step of the podium in 07. Tri-Point hot shoe Jeff Altenburg of Ellicott City, Maryland will be returning in his electric blue and white #72 MAZDA6, and will again be joined by road racing ace Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Georgia in the #73 Tri-Point entry for the full 2007 schedule.

Competition in 07

The Tri-Point squad, widely recognized as one of the most professionally run teams in the World Challenge TC paddock, will be up against some tough competition again this year. Tindol Motorsports will be returning with their MAZDA6s, and the StaSIS team will be running their all wheel drive Audi A4 again in 07. And finally, Realtime Racing will be back in their new for 07 sequential gearbox equipped Acura TSXs.

Goals for the Year

Knowing full well that the SPEED World Challenge series has become one of the most competitive road racing series anywhere, the Tri-Point squad has worked hard throughout the off season winter months to prepare for the upcoming ten race schedule. The entire Tri-Point squad is confident that they will again be able to bring a very competitive effort to the table for the entire 2007 season. The team's primary focus is to secure a manufacturer's championship for Mazda in 2007, and to provide Altenburg and Pobst with the equipment and support to win a driver's championship as well.

Season Opener

The season opening event for the World Challenge series will be the weekend of the 55th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The World Challenge Touring Car race will be a fifty-minute sprint race set to start at 11:50 am EST the morning of Friday, March 16th. After a promoter test day on Tuesday March 13, the first official day of practice for the 2007 SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series will be held at 9:20 am EST on Wednesday March 14th.

Quotes

Craig Nagler - Tri-Point Motorsports Team Principal

"We are going to return with two MAZDA6s again for 07, and Jeff and Randy are going to be our guys for the third year in a row. We have been preparing in the off season to make sure we have our MAZDA6s ready for the season long battle. Every year the competition gets stronger with more teams running up front, and we are looking forward to the challenge."

Jeff Altenburg - Driver #72 Tri-Point MAZDA6

"I feel like I'm mentally, physically and mechanically better prepared than I ever have been for this season. I've got two guys (Ron Carroll and Brett) working on my #72 MAZDA6 that I'm excited to work with this year. I've been training all winter in the gym, and I've lost a few pounds. There's no doubt about it, I'm ready to go."

Randy Pobst - Driver #73 Tri-Point MAZDA6

"I'm thrilled to be back in my fantastic #73 MAZDA6 Touring Car. Tri-Point Engineering and Craig Nagler have made it better than ever. After finishing second two years in a row, it is Mazda's turn to take the top podium for the Championship. Craig, teammate Jeff Altenburg, the Tri-Point team and I are gunnin' for the gold!"

-credit: tri-point motorsports

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