SCCA NEWS: Altenburg Paces Opening SPEED Touring Car Practice At Lime Rock

Photo by John Thawley LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 25, 2007) – Hot off his second-straight win to open the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship season, Jeff Altenburg, of Ellicott City, Md., paced the opening practice session for Monday’s Round Three race at Lime Rock Park. Teammate Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., and Peter Cunningham, of Grafton, Wis., completed the top three.

Driving the No. 72 Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development Mazda 6, Altenburg turned a quick time of 58.689 (93.851 mph) midway through his session around the 1.53-mile circuit.

“This is a handling track more than anything and we’ve gotten this Mazda 6 to the next level as far as the handling goes,” Altenburg said. “Utah was a handling track as well so the car was good out of the box. We basically ran the exact setup from Utah, we didn’t change anything. We played around with some Lime Rock stuff and I didn’t like it, so we’re back to exactly what we ran for the race at Utah except with sticker tires on and that’s where we are.

“I’m comfortable that I have a fast car. I’m comfortable that I have pretty good knowledge of the track and we should be shooting for a top-five.”

Pobst turned his fast time of 58.791 (93.688 mph) late in the session in the No. 73 Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development Mazda 6. Pobst finished third in last night’s SPEED GT race at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.

Driving the No. 42 Acura Certified Pre-Owned/RealTime Racing Acura TSX, Cunningham turned a fastest time of 58.884 (93.540 mph). James Sofronas was fourth in his No. 29 Global Motorsports Group BMW 325Ci with a 58.970 (93.403 mph).

Four-time Lime Rock winner Pierre Kleinubing was fifth in his No. 1 Acura Certified Pre-Owned/RealTime Racing Acura TSX with a fast time of 58.978 (93.391 mph).

The series’ second practice session is scheduled for Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). Qualifying is set for 5:10 p.m.

To follow all the weekend action via live web notes and timing and scoring, check out the SCCA Pit Board at

1, (72), Jeff Altenburg, Ellicott City, Md., Mazda 6, :58.689, 93.850.

2, (73), Randy Pobst, Gainesville, Ga., Mazda 6, :58.791, 93.687.

3, (42), Peter Cunningham, Grafton, Wis., Acura TSX, :58.884, 93.539.

4, (29), James Sofronas(T), Newport Beach, Calif., BMW 325Ci, :58.970, 93.403.

5, (1), Pierre Kleinubing, Coconut Creek, Fla., Acura TSX, :58.978, 93.390.

6, (17), Chip Herr, Lititz, Pa., Audi A4, :59.118, 93.169.

7, (43), Brandon Davis, Denver, Colo., Acura TSX, :59.220, 93.009.

8, (38), Seth Thomas, Cumming, Ga., BMW 325i, :59.230, 92.993.

9, (19), Adam Pecorari(R), Aspon, Pa., Audi A4, :59.402, 92.724.

10, (8), Jason Martinelli, Roxbury, Conn., BMW 325Ci, :59.423, 92.691.

11, (44), Kuno Wittmer, Montreal, Quebec, Acura RSX, :59.619, 92.386.

12, (16), Phil Parlato(T), Commack, N.Y., BMW 325i, :59.647, 92.343.

13, (95), Michael Galati, Olmsted, Ohio, Mazda 6, 1:00.015, 91.777.

14, (97), Charles Espenlaub, Lutz, Fla., Mazda 6, 1:00.081, 91.676.

15, (74), Roberto Santos(R), Monterrey Mexico, , Mazda 6, 1:00.097, 91.651.

16, (34), Nick Esayian, Encinitas, Calif., Acura TSX, 1:00.196, 91.501.

17, (96), Charlie Putman(T), Denver, Colo., Mazda 6, 1:00.279, 91.375.

18, (60), Fred Pignataro, East Northport, N.Y., BMW 325i, 1:00.541, 90.979.

19, (18), Ian Baas, Noblesville, Ind., Audi A4, 1:02.002, 88.835.

20, (92), Stan Wilson(R), Mount Juliet, Tenn., Dodge SRT-4, 1:02.583, 88.011.

21, (31), Jameson Riley, Wilton, Conn., Volvo S40, 1:02.656, 87.908.

22, (24), Jim Osborn(T), Ooltewah, N.J., Volkswagen Jetta TDI, 1:04.516, 85.374.

23, (4), Hal Brown(R), Blacksburg, Va., Dodge SRT-4, no time.

24, (11), Robb Holland, Denver, Colo., Dodge SRT-4, no time.

25, (36), James Clay, Blacksburg, Va., BMW 325i, no time.

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