Altenburg Puts Tri-Point MAZDA6 on the Podium at Road Atlanta Speed World Challenge Event April 19, 2005 -- After a wild 25 laps of some of the best sedan based racing anywhere, Jeff Altenburg of Ellicott City, Maryland piloted his ...
Altenburg Puts Tri-Point MAZDA6 on the Podium at Road Atlanta Speed World Challenge Event
April 19, 2005 -- After a wild 25 laps of some of the best sedan based racing anywhere, Jeff Altenburg of Ellicott City, Maryland piloted his #72 Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 from 7th on the grid to a well earned and hard fought 2nd in Saturday's Speed World Challenge Touring Car event at Road Atlanta. Tri-Point's Randy Pobst, winner of the previous round of World Challenge competition, brought his #73 MAZDA6 home 9th after qualifying 6th and battling near the front of the field for much of the race.
The 46-minute sprint race was held amidst clear and dry conditions, and saw intense race action from the start. Both Altenburg and Pobst were able to capitalize on good starts and spent much of the event embroiled in tight close racing with their blue and white MAZDA6s. Altenburg timed most of his passes in the chicane following Road Atlanta's famous long back straight. Jeff made a decisive and successful pass of Nic Jonsson's E46 BMW 325 on lap 11, and then passed Charles Espenlaub's #97Mazda Protege for 2nd on lap 14.
Pobst had a fantastic battle with the #42 Acura TSX of RealTime driver Peter Cunningham, with the two drivers going side by side through several corners and providing the appreciative crowd a terrific show of car control and race technique. A suspected cut tire later in the race forced Pobst to conserve his pace and ensure that he was able to bring points back for Mazda.
Mazda continues to maintain a firm hold on second place in the World-Challenge manufacturers points race with 21 points behind Acura's 25.
With his podium finish Altenburg keeps second in the drivers points race with 83 points and now trails series leader Peter Cunningham by only 10 points. Pobst is currently 6th in points with 54.
Jeff Altenburg #72
Tri-Point gave me another terrific car. It was some good racing, and usually you are around guys you can trust. Even though we were going really well, we didn't have anything for Pierre (Kleinubing #43 Acura TSX race winner), and over the last couple of laps I just tried to make sure that I could conserve second place and bring some points back for Mazda.
Randy Pobst #73
That was a wild race. I was able to get a pretty good start, but then had a tough battle with PD (Cunningham). Craig builds a terrific car and I was very happy with the performance of my MAZDA6. After some contact early on in the race, where I was all but driven off the track at the exit of the chicane following the back straight, I felt like a tire was going down, and I decided to play it safe and be sure that I could bring some points back for the team and Mazda. The manufacturer's title is was it is most important to us right now, and I knew that Jeff had scored our points for the event at Atlanta, so rather than risk a potential problem on track, it made sense to conserve over the last few laps and just bring the car back undamaged.
As part of their continuing quest to field the best cars in the SCCA World Challenge Touring Car Series, Tri-Point Motorsports wishes to thank all those that have and continue to support their efforts.
Mazda, Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development, Racing Hart, Stop Tech, Recaro, Crocotile, Quarter Master, Ron Davis Racing, Hawk, Koni NA, Pro Parts USA, and Race Sign Specialists
Tri-Point will head home after Atlanta before traveling to Lexington Ohio for the 4th round of the 2005 World-Challenge Touring Car schedule at the famed and undulating Mid-Ohio the weekend of May 20-22.