CANOGA PARK, Calif. (August 13, 2002) - TriPoint Motorsports has announced that Jeff Altenburg will take over the No. 14 TriPoint Motorsports/Mazdaspeed Mazda ProtÃ©gÃ© ES at Mosport International Raceway this weekend, and may pilot the car for...
CANOGA PARK, Calif. (August 13, 2002) - TriPoint Motorsports has announced that Jeff Altenburg will take over the No. 14 TriPoint Motorsports/Mazdaspeed Mazda Protégé ES at Mosport International Raceway this weekend, and may pilot the car for the remainder of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED Touring Car season.
Altenburg, the 2000 Trans-Am Series Rookie of the Year, drove the car to a fifth-place finish at Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on August 4, replacing Scott Bradley, who ran into budget constraints.
"We're very excited to have Jeff again with us at Mosport, with hopes of retaining him for the remainder of the season," said Mark Schuler, TriPoint Motorsports Co-Owner. "We're working hard to give Mazda the Manufacturers' Championship, and Jeff's talents will certainly help us with that."
"I'm excited to again work with the TriPoint team," said Altenburg. "I've known the TriPoint guys for years from when I was running in SCCA Solo, and have watched their development with the Protégé over the past two seasons. They're a very professional team.
"It was difficult to learn the car under such strict parameters at Trois-Rivieres, so it will be nice to drive at a place without walls. I'm really looking forward to it."
Shuler added that the team is working toward having Bradley back for the entire 2003 season. Bradley, a rookie, earned the first-ever pole for the Mazda Protégé in SPEED Touring Car competition at Mosport earlier this year, a sign that Altenburg could be very tough this weekend.
In Altenburg's nine previous SPEED World Challenge starts, he has recorded five top-10s, four top-fives and two runner-up finishes at Road Atlanta last year, driving a duPont Motorsport BMW. Altenburg has won at Mosport in endurance street stock racing, and finished second in the 2000 Trans-Am.
With 31 Manufacturers' points, Mazda currently trails BMW (47) and Acura (34) in the standings.
Following the Mosport race, the series travels to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (September 21), Road Atlanta (October 11) and Virginia International Raceway (October 27).
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