Altenburg Puts Tri-Point MAZDA6 on the Podium for Infineon World Challenge Event Tri-Point Motorsports driver Jeff Altenburg qualified 6th in his Tri-Point prepared MazdaSpeed MAZDA6, and then worked his way through the challenging field to...
Altenburg Puts Tri-Point MAZDA6 on the Podium for Infineon World Challenge Event
Tri-Point Motorsports driver Jeff Altenburg qualified 6th in his Tri-Point prepared MazdaSpeed MAZDA6, and then worked his way through the challenging field to finish a well earned 3rd at this past Saturday's SCCA Speed World- Challenge Touring Car race that was part of the Dodge Save Mart Nextel Cup weekend at Infineon Raceway. Tri-Point drivers Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Georgia and Dino Crescentini of Malibu, California finished 4th and 8th respectively.
The Infineon race marked the fourth round of the 2006 Speed World-Challenge Touring Car schedule and closes in on the halfway point of the ten-race season. Conditions were clear and dry all weekend with the majority of the field working up to speed quickly. Pobst turned a strong lap to put his #73 electric blue and white MAZDA6 4th on the grid with a time of 1:23.710 around the elevation filled and challenging natural terrain road course. Altenburg, of Ellicott City, Maryland slotted the #72 Tri-Point entry 6th on the grid at a 1:23.852, and Crescentini placed his car 14th with a 1:24.812.
A clean start for the race bode well for the rest of the event, and indeed with only two caution periods for a total of three laps, drivers and spectators alike were treated to a great 26 laps of race action. Altenburg, as is typical of his drives, methodically worked his way forward through the field and was able to get up behind teammate Pobst and eventually worked his way through to claim third position.
Toward the event of the event Altenburg placed heavy pressure on the second placed Realtime Acura of defending series champion Peter Cunningham, but despite some great attempts, was unable to get through. Altenburg had the bit between his teeth late in the race though, as on lap 22 he turned a 1:24.544 which would be his fastest lap of the race.
Pobst, in his #73 entry, concentrated on precise smooth laps, and although he did not lose any positions, he was unable to move forward and thus finished where he started in fourth position. Randy, known for his fluid, smooth, and undeniably quick driving undoubtedly extracted the most of his MAZDA6 platform for the day.
Crescentini drove a clean race to gradually work his way up the charts. Dino smartly took advantage of some of the race attrition as well, and made up six positions to finish eight on the weekend, and in the process set his best Touring Car finish of the season.
Jeff Altenburg - #72
Since we started sixth, I think that third was pretty good especially since we were really challenging for second. I got a run on PD (Cunningham) after one of the restarts, and had I gotten by, I might have been to close up to Pierre (later in the race). My Tri-Point MAZDA6 was really good today, especially through turn ten which sets you up for a great braking and passing zone in eleven. I also have to say that the StopTech brakes really helped me to close up on people.
I'm continuing to work with Craig (Nagler) and my crew chief Jason to set up the car. I was happy to be the lead Mazda today, and hopefully we're on our way to the top step of the podium.
Randy Pobst - #73
It was another slugfest in touring cars and another good finish for Tri- Point's #73. I'm working on a championship -racking up points. We've got figure how to get another increase in speed. We've got figure out how to catch those Acuras that finished in front of us.
Dino Crescentini - #74
I had a good race overall. I drove cleanly and just tried to stay out of trouble and take advantage where I could. I'm glad I was able to work my way up a bit. Hopefully this will be a trend for me, and I'm looking forward to the race at Miller.
Pobst now trails series leader Kleinubing by twelve points but retains his second place standing at 127-115. Altenburg is tied with Brandon Davis for fourth with 74 points and Crescentini is in twelfth with 39 points. Mazda still holds second in the manufacturers championship fight with 27 points to Acura's 30.