Tri-Point Motorsports' Altenburg and Marinus Tackle High Speed Road America in SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car standouts Jeff Altenburg and Shauna Marinus drove their blue and white Tri-Point...
Tri-Point Motorsports' Altenburg and Marinus Tackle High Speed Road America in SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car Series
SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car standouts Jeff Altenburg and Shauna Marinus drove their blue and white Tri-Point Motorsports Mazdas to 3rd and 13th place respectively at Road America the weekend of August 20-22. The Road America event, which marks the 8th round of the 10 race 2004 World Challenge Touring Car schedule saw Altenburg piloting the sleek new #72 Mazda 6, while Marinus was in the ever nimble #71 Mazda Protege.
After qualifying 9th, Altenburg deftly maneuvered his way through traffic to finish fourth at the checkered flag. The findings of a post race inspection disqualified apparent race winner Pierre Kleinubing's Acura. The DQ elevated Altenburg to third, allowing him to score the first World Challenge podium finish for the Mazda 6.
"We had a very competitive car," remarked Jeff following the event. "After Pierre (Kleinubing) was DQ'd we had the second quickest car in the race."
Marinus qualified a solid 12th in a very competitive field where the first 21 cars qualified under the previous track record. A miscue at the start where officials said she jumped the lights, brought Shauna in for a stop and go penalty. Marinus, undaunted, battled her way back through the 30 car field to finish a hard- fought and well-earned 13th place.
"It seems like you need to be in the bigger motored cars to be at the front," said Shauna after the race. "My stop and go didn't help my race, but the Protege was as strong as it has ever been. Tri-Point has given me the best of everything as they always have."
A second Mazda 6 entry is currently being prepared by Tri-Point for Marinus and will make its appearance at the Road Atlanta event the weekend of September 22-25. Shauna is eager to see what the new car has to offer.
"I'm looking forward to driving the new car," remarked Marinus. "Jeff has been shaking the car down and we typically like the same setup. I don't think it will take me too long to get comfortable with the car."
"The car has been getting better at each race," offered Altenburg. "We will probably take more weight out of it. The car is a work in progress, and has been competitive."
The Tri-Point Motorsports crew next head to Road Atlanta for 9th round of the 2004 season the weekend of September 22-25. For more scheduling information on the upcoming Road Atlanta event, be sure to log onto www.speedvisionwc.com.