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Road Atlanta II: Touring Car Wednesday notes

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2003) -- Pierre Kleinubing, of Brazil, topped SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car practice Wednesday at Road Atlanta. Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott City, Md., and Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., completed the top...

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 15, 2003) -- Pierre Kleinubing, of Brazil, topped SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car practice Wednesday at Road Atlanta. Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott City, Md., and Bill Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., completed the top three.

On a cool, sun drenched day in Northern Georgia, the weather conditions definitely contributed to some very fast practice times. Twelve drivers recorded times faster than the Road Atlanta Speed Touring Car qualifying record of 1:39.004 for the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit. Leading the way was Kleinubing, pilot of the No. 42 RealTime Racing Acura RSX-S, who set a blistering fast lap of 1:37.882 (93.418 mph) in the morning session.

"The track conditions and the weather were good," Kleinbuing said about the fast lap times. "It was a pretty good session. I think the biggest thing (we have going) is that we have a better motor package this weekend. We have a good chassis and our team made a really wise decision on the tires this morning, which paid off."

Altenburg, driving the No. 40 TriPoint Mazdaspeed Mazda Protege ES, had the second quickest combined time for both practices sessions. Altenburg recorded his fastest lap in the morning session with a 1:38.204 (93.112 mph).

Auberlen, who clinched the Speed Touring Car Drivers' Championship in Round Eight, turned the third fastest time of 1:38.469 (92.861 mph) in his No. 93 Turner Motorsports/ H & R Springs BMW 325i.

Chuck Hemmingson, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was fourth quickest and Peter Cunningham, of West Bend, Wis., was fifth.

Speed Touring Car qualifying is set for 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, Oct. 16. The 25-lap, 63.50-mile Round Nine race will make its standing start at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 17.

-scca pro racing-

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Series PWC
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Pierre Kleinubing , Peter Cunningham , Chuck Hemmingson , Jeff Altenburg
Teams RealTime Racing , Turner Motorsport