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May172007

SCCA NEWS: Altenburg Keeps Mazda on Top in SPEED Touring Car Practice at Utah

Photo by John Thawley TOOELE, Utah (May 17, 2007) – Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott City, Md., led teammate Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., in practice at Miller Motorsports Park to keep Mazda on top for Round Two of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship, part of the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. Pierre Kleinubing, of Coconut Creek, Fla., was third fastest on the day.

Altenburg led the late stages of the afternoon practice session in his No. 72 Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development Mazda 6, but set his quickest lap, a 3:10.088 (84.958 mph), just before the checkered flag came out to end SCCA SPEED Touring Car practice for the day at the 4.486-mile, 24-turn road course.

"We were here a month ago testing, so we had plenty of time to figure out what we wanted to do,” Altenburg said. “When you do that, you start out fast and every one else is catching up. The work this team has done analyzing the data and shock graphs, the drivability of the engine and the brakes; this car is on rails. This is the best handling car that we’ve ever had. It’s going to take awhile for everyone to catch up, but for now we’re the lucky ones.”

Altenburg’s Tri-Point Motorsports teammate Pobst was quickest in the morning session, but ended the day second fastest in his No. 73 Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development Mazda 6 with a time of 3:10.240 (84.890 mph).

Reigning SCCA SPEED Touring Car Champion Pierre Kleinubing drove his No. 1 Acura Certified Pre-Owned/RealTime Acura TSX to third on the practice sheets. Kleinubing found nearly two seconds in the afternoon session to post a 3:10.577 (84.740 mph).

Driving the No. 38 BimmerWorld BMW 325i, Seth Thomas, of Cumming, Ga., dropped a spot in the afternoon session to finish fourth-quick with a time of 3:10.587 (84.736 mph).

The third Tri-Point Motorsports entry of Roberto Santos completed the top five. Competing in his first SCCA SPEED World Challenge event, Santos entered a time of 3:11.064 (84.524 mph) in his No. 74 Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development Mazda 6.

Qualifying for Round Two of the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship will take place tomorrow, May 18, at 11:55 a.m. (MDT). The 13-lap race is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, at 2:10 p.m. (MDT).

For all the latest news from Miller Motorsports Park, including live timing and lap notes, visit www.world-challenge.com

TOOELE, Utah - Combined practice results for Saturday’s SCCA Pro Racing SPEED WORLD CHALLENGE Touring Car race, part of the 2007 Larry H. Miller Dealers Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park, with position, car number in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, fastest lap time, and speed in miles per hour.

1, (72), Jeff Altenburg, Ellicott City, Md., Mazda 6, 3:10.088, 84.958.

2, (73), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Mazda 6, 3:10.240, 84.890.

3, (1), Pierre Kleinubing, Coconut Creek, Fla., Acura TSX, 3:10.577, 84.740.

4, (38), Seth Thomas, Cumming, Ga., BMW 325i, 3:10.587, 84.736.

5, (74), Roberto Santos, Clearwater, Fla., Mazda 6, 3:11.064, 84.524.

6, (42), Peter Cunningham, Grafton, Wis., Acura TSX, 3:11.072, 84.521.

7, (29), James Sofronas, Newport Beach, Calif., BMW 325Ci, 3:11.224, 84.453.

8, (43), Brandon Davis, Denver, Colo., Acura TSX, 3:11.349, 84.398.

9, (17), Chip Herr, Lititz, Pa., Audi A4, 3:11.356, 84.395.

10, (44), Kuno Wittmer, Montreal, Quebec, Acura RSX, 3:11.487, 84.337.

11, (52), Byron Smith(R), Salt Lake City, Utah, Dodge SRT-4, 3:11.502, 84.331.

12, (18), Ian Baas, Noblesville, Ind., Audi A4, 3:11.714, 84.238.

13, (36), James Clay, Blacksburg, Va., BMW 325i, 3:11.775, 84.211.

14, (97), Charles Espenlaub, Lutz, Fla., Mazda 6, 3:12.285, 83.987.

15, (34), Nick Esayian, Encinitas, Calif., Acura TSX, 3:12.599, 83.851.

16, (95), Michael Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Mazda 6, 3:12.718, 83.799.

17, (8), Jason Martinelli, Roxbury, Conn., BMW 325Ci, 3:13.477, 83.470.

18, (19), Adam Pecorari, Aspon, Pa., Audi A4, 3:14.444, 83.055.

19, (96), Charlie Putman, Denver, Colo., Mazda 6, 3:14.581, 82.996.

20, (88), Andrie Hartanto, San Francisco, Calif., Honda Civic, 3:14.582, 82.996.

21, (4), Hal Brown(R), Blacksburg, Va., Dodge SRT-4, 3:15.134, 82.761.

22, (92), Stan Wilson(R), Mount Juliet, Tenn., Dodge SRT-4, 3:17.728, 81.675.

23, (30), Brad Sofronas, Newport Beach, Calif., BMW 325Ci, 3:18.086, 81.528.

24, (49), Branden Peterson, Breckenridge, Colo., Acura TSX, 3:24.929, 78.805.

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