ohn Thawley: Craig, thanks for taking time to chat with us. Tri- Point is among the premier teams in World Challenge and I know people are anxious to hear about the team's 2006 plans.
JT: First, let me congratulate you on the outstanding job you do with the team. It's always amazing to see your operation in the paddock and you always present truly well turned out cars to the grid. Who makes that happen? Is this part of your team's winning philosophy?
Craig: As we get more seasons under our belt, we have been able to get the right people to get the job done better and better. I pretty much guide everything, But my partner, Mark Shuler, and all of our crew, Andris Laivins, Chris degioanni, Jason Sandstedt, Duane Wickham have a major part in how we look and perform at the track. Without them it would not happen. The same goes for Steve Sanders and everyone else at Mazda NA. The cleaner and better everything looks, makes it easier to focus on the performance of the cars. you just feel better about things.
JT: Tell us about the development process of the Mazda 6. I know you guys worked really hard in 2004 when Altenburg picked up that first win with the car at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The must have been a big relief ending the year that way?
Craig: The new car programs are always tough. Most of are issues were with the stock gear box. The gear box is designed for a 165 HP and we are trying to put 270 + HP through it. Getting the first Mazda 6 win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a great way to end the season.