ALTENBURG FASTEST GOING INTO SPEED TOURING CAR QUALIFYING AT ROAD ATLANTA BRASELTON, Ga. (October 9, 2002) - Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott City, Md., led SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car practice today in preparation for Friday's...
ALTENBURG FASTEST GOING INTO SPEED TOURING CAR QUALIFYING AT ROAD ATLANTA
BRASELTON, Ga. (October 9, 2002) - Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott City, Md., led SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car practice today in preparation for Friday's Round 10 race, part of the Audi Presents Petit Le Mans at Road America. Brazilian Pierre Kleinubing and Ken Dobson, of Carmel Valley, Calif., completed the top three.
Driving the No. 14 TriPoint Motorsports/Mazdaspeed Mazda Protégé ES, Altenburg turned a fastest lap of 1:39.313 (92.072 mph) around the 2.54-mile circuit-faster than Hugh Plumb's 2001 qualifying mark of 1:41.184. Altenburg picked up the TriPoint Motorsports ride midway through the season, and has made considerable gains coming into the series penultimate round.
"We made some big changes this week, and it is so much better for me," said Altenburg, who finished second in both rounds of the doubleheader at Road Atlanta in 2001. "I've been working with [Crew Chief] Craig [Nagler] to figure out what I want and it's so much different than in the past. Since yesterday, we haven't changed a thing. Before, the car always felt like it was on the ragged edge, and now it's very predictable."
Kleinubing paced the afternoon session in his No. 1 RealTime Racing Acura Integra R with a lap of 1:39.447 (91.948 mph). Dobson's BMW 325Ci ran a lap of 1:39.603 in the first session, good for third fastest. Point leader Peter Cunningham (Acura) and Chuck Hemmingson (Mazda) completed the top five.
In all, 17 drivers were under Plumb's 2001 mark. Woody's Ice Qualifying for Friday's race is set for Thursday afternoon at 1:15 p.m. (Eastern).
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