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Pobst Puts Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 in Victory Lane at St. Petersburg April 5, 2005 -- Using years of experience and consummate skill, Tri-Point Motorsports driver Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Georgia made a difficult race look easy as he ...

Pobst Puts Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 in Victory Lane at St. Petersburg

April 5, 2005 -- Using years of experience and consummate skill, Tri-Point Motorsports driver Randy Pobst of Gainesville, Georgia made a difficult race look easy as he piloted his #73 Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 to victory in Sunday's SCCA World Challenge Touring Car series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Randy's victory in the second round of the 2005 SCCA World Challenge Touring Car series gave the new MAZDA6 its second win in professional road racing competition and marked Pobst's 10th victory in the series. Tri-Point drivers Jeff Altenburg of Ellicott, City Maryland and Dino Crescentini of Malibu, California finished 5th and 21st respectively.

The Win

Pobst's weekend started strong as he secured the Air Force Reserve Pole Position Award with a lap of 1:22.983 around the temporary street course. Pobst also won the Urbanracer.com Hot Lap Award for the quickest lap of the race, with a run of 1:23.777 at an average speed of 77.348 mph.

Despite having his car in the pole position, Pobst was hard pressed to get a clean start due to track conditions and had to overcome an all-wheel-drive Audi ambush by driver Chip Herr in an A4. Randy was able to lead all 26 laps of the race however, and won by a margin of 1.257 seconds over Herr.

Altenburg qualified his #72 MAZDA6 in the 6th position and drove a smart, clean race to finish 5th, and helped to gain manufacturer points for Mazda. Altenburg's solid drive also allowed him to maintain second place in the drivers championship points race.

Crescentini slotted his #74 Tri-Point entry in the 8th position during qualifying, and drove a quick race until contact with a concrete barrier on lap 20 saw him transferred to Bayfront Medical Center. He was released shortly thereafter following a precautionary exam, which showed no signs of injury.

Quotes

Craig Nagler Tri-Point Motorsports Team Principal

"A win for Mazda is exactly what we needed here. With the points that Jeff and Randy added today, I believe Mazda is currently second in manufacturers points, and we are looking forward to capitalizing on the momentum we have built."

Jeff Altenburg #72

"I was really looking to be sure that we could gain some points for Mazda today, and with the attrition that is often seen on these temporary circuits I was just trying to drive a clean race. Even though the set up might have been a bit off, the car was still good for a 5th, and I think we reached the goals we set for ourselves this weekend."

Randy Pobst #73

"This weekend's win in the Tri-Point Engineering MAZDA6 at St. Petersburg was especially sweet for me as it marks the 20th anniversary of my first professional win in a Mazda, and it happened at the same track. This win is an important step in our yearlong goal of winning the manufacturers championship for Mazda. The MAZDA6 makes a great racecar, and it has an exceptionally good braking package with the StopTech brakes. The car fits like a glove."

Dino Crescentini #74

"This isn't exactly how I wanted the weekend to go, but really the car was pretty good up until the incident. Once I get a couple good results with this team I think things will start to come together a bit. We'll just pack up for now and head to Atlanta, and see if we can't get a better result there."

Sponsors

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, and Pro Parts USA

Upcoming Events

The Tri-Point Motorsports team will head to Road Atlanta the weekend of April 15 through the 17th. For more information on upcoming events or a comprehensive breakdown of the results of this past weekend's St. Petersburg event please log onto world-challenge.com.

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Series PWC
Drivers Randy Pobst , Jeff Altenburg , Chip Herr , Dino Crescentini