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Cunningham races TeamRTR Sentra to first Top-10 finish in Atlanta. June 29, 2003 - Braselton, Georgia - Peter Cunningham raced TeamRTR's 2004 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V to Nissan's first manufacturer's points-paying finish in the SCCA Speed World...

Cunningham races TeamRTR Sentra to first Top-10 finish in Atlanta.

June 29, 2003 - Braselton, Georgia - Peter Cunningham raced TeamRTR's 2004 Nissan Sentra SE-R Spec V to Nissan's first manufacturer's points-paying finish in the SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship, with a sixth place result at Road Atlanta.

Cunningham started the race from the seventh spot on the 40-car starting grid, and ended it a mere 1.7 seconds from a podium finish.

"This was our first solid race," Cunningham said, "five cars crossed the line in front of us, but we beat a bunch of guys with some very strong equipment. We are encouraged with our relative performance at this stage of the game and look forward to the next race where we can get another shot at them."

Cunningham, the defending Touring Car Driver's Champion, said he was "pleased with the way the car handled in qualifying on a track that was drying from an earlier rain shower. We were just a little too conservative on the setup for a dry track in the race. That can be corrected."

TeamRTR Crew Chief Andrew Armistead said the Sentra's Spec V engine is "making strong horsepower, but we need to do more testing between now and the next race to learn more about how the chassis responds to changes, and how to make it do what we want. The Nissan handled well at the first two races, but on this day the set up was less than perfect for the hot and slippery conditions."

Cunningham's 90.808mph qualifying speed on the 2.54-mile road course made him one of 15 drivers to exceed the qualifying record for the circuit. He was gridded behind three BMWs and three Mazdas on a starting grid which featured 10 car manufacturers.

Road Atlanta's Touring Car race will be televised on the SPEED Channel on Saturday, July 19, at 3 pm EST.

Round five of the SPEED Touring Car Championship will be July 25-27 at Infineon Raceway near Sonoma, Calif., a track where Cunningham has won five races since 1988.

The TeamRTR Nissan Sentra SE-R effort is sponsored by Nissan North America, Inc., NISMO, Red Line Oil, Eibach Springs, BOSCH, Sparco, Gemini Technologies, and Brembo.

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