2004 SCCA World-Challenge Season Marks Year of Growth and Success for Tri-Point Motorsports December 8, 2004 Phoenix, Arizona - 2004 was a season of change and growth for SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car series standouts Tri-Point ...
2004 SCCA World-Challenge Season Marks Year of Growth and Success for Tri-Point Motorsports
December 8, 2004 Phoenix, Arizona - 2004 was a season of change and growth for SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car series standouts Tri-Point Motorsports and their Mazda racecars. Tri-Point drivers Jeff Altenburg and Shauna Marinus were placed 8th and 14th respectively in the season's final standings, and had competitive showings at several events. The year was punctuated by the introduction of the Mazda 6 to World Challenge competition at Infineon Raceway for rounds 4 and 5 in July, as well as a podium finish for Altenburg in the Mazda 6 at Road America, a front row qualifying effort by Marinus at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and finally an inaugural race win for the Mazda 6 at Mazda Raceway, with Altenburg at the controls.
2004 and The Mazda 6
"We knew the year was going to be a busy one for us," remarked team principal Craig Nagler. "We had a few goals that were important for us to meet, introducing the Mazda 6 being one of the most important of those, and the entire Tri-Point crew worked especially hard to make that happen. Having the car finish well was also a goal that we wanted to meet, and with Shauna's great qualifying run at Laguna, and then Jeff's win there at the last race, well, we couldn't be much happier. The introduction of a new vehicle platform in a competitive series is a difficult task to accomplish by any standard, but Tri-Point and Mazda took the challenge and delivered results that I think we should be proud of."
Drivers Altenbug and Marinus were happy to see the debut of the new Mazda 6, and although they had both shown solid results with the venerable and nimble Protege, the 6's increased power and refinement bode well for the races that followed.
"The 6 is a definitely a more refined racecar," said Altenburg of Ellicott City, Maryland following the season. "While the 6 is heavier car, it has more power and torque than the Protege did, and even though the Protege was a really fun car to race, the 6 gives us a better shot at the win. I was really impressed with the feel of the 6 under braking, and while I think a lot of that can be attributed to the Stop Tech brakes we use, I also feel that the overall balance of the car itself seems to help. We set out at the start of the season with the goals of being competitive and debuting the new car, and I really feel that we met those goals."
"I liked the 6 right from the start," remarked Shauna Marinus of Folsom, California. "When they had my car ready, Jeff had already done much of the sorting out of the chassis, but I found it very easy to adapt to. The Protege was probably a little better in quick transitional maneuvers, but the 6 is more car overall, and to be honest I was really happy with the horsepower and especially the torque. I would have liked to have had a few better race finishes in 04, but overall, I was very happy with what we saw over the season. The Tri-Point crew worked really hard to get the new cars going, and I felt that as drivers Jeff and I got our jobs done as well."
2005 A New Season
Tri-Point is hoping the positive momentum they developed at the end of 2004 will carry on to the 2005 season. After a bit of a break for the winter holiday season the Tri-Point crew will be hard at work again in preparation for the first race of the 2005 season to be held at Sebring International Raceway the weekend of March 16th.
"We will be campaigning the Mazda 6 all year next year" said Nagler regarding the upcoming season. "We are also expecting many of our supporting sponsors to return for the '05 season, and we can't thank those people enough for their continued backing. From what we saw at the end of last year, we anticipate another competitive season, and are hoping to put the Mazda 6 back in the winner's circle again."
Tri-point Motorsports wishes to thank all of their sponsors for the 2004 season and hopes that everyone has a wonderful holiday season.
Mazda, Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development, Racing Hart, Stop Tech, Recaro, Crocotile, Quarter Master, Ron Davis Racing, Hawk, Koni NA., Pro Parts USA
Be sure to keep up to date with all of the Tri-Point Motorsports Mazda 6 race results at www.tripointengineering.com, and of course be sure to log onto www.world-challenge.com for scheduling and race information on one of America's most competitive sedan based championships.