July 27, 2003. Sonoma, CA. Matching their performance almost one month
earlier at Road Atlanta, Jeff Altenburg and Shauna Marinus finished
second and third respectively in their Tri-Point Motorsports Mazdaspeed
Proteges in Round Five of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Championship as
part of the Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend.
"Once again Tri-Point Motorsports has done an excellent job in getting
us to the front of the field in touring car competition," an e***d
Altenburg commented. "The team worked hard all weekend to bring the cars
up to speed and actually had to rebuild the gearboxes on both cars twice,
and while we didn't have enough for Bill Auberlen this weekend, these
results have helped to propel both of us into the top ten in points as we
start the second half of the season."
After becoming the first woman to claim a podium in World Challenge
competition at Road Atlanta, Marinus was ecstatic to repeat the feat so
quickly. "It's a great feeling to be up on the podium again with my
teammate Jeff here, doubly so to be on the podium at my home track,"
Marinus commented. "I can't say enough about the Tri-Point Motorsports
crew and our Mazdaspeed Proteges, this podium is for them and now we'll
work on moving up to claim first and second place finishes."
In making their way to the podium both Altenburg and Marinus had their
work cut out for them. Despite qualifying second and third, both fell
back several places on the start as the rear-wheeled drive BMWs were able
to use that to their advantage and jump ahead on the standing start, a
feature of World Challenge competition. Temporarily delayed, both set out
to reclaim the positions lost. "Jeff and I followed each other as we
tried to work our way around Pierre Kleinubing and Nic Jonsson. Jeff was
able to get around Pierre first and when I was trying to get past him we
made contact and it might have cut down his tire," Marinus explained.
"That was really the only disappointment for me today as I don't like
to race that way."
On the strength of the last two race weekends Marinus has jumped up to
sixth place in points while Altenburg sits in tenth place with five races
left in the 2003 campaign. Altenburg is energized as he feels momentum
turning their direction. "We had a rough start to the season but it
feels like Tri-Point Motorsports has found the sweet spot and it should
make for some exciting racing the rest of the season."
Round Six of the SCCA Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship will
be held on August 8-11 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington,
Ohio, as part of the ChampCar weekend.
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