Mazda Wins Manufacturer's Title in SPEED World Challenge Touring Series
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MAZDA Wins Manufacturer's Title
Behind the Scenes with Tri-Point and Tindol Motorsports
By-Sahar Hassani

This past weekend, Mazda scored the manufacturer's title in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Series at the 10th Anniversary Petit Le Mans weekend at Road Atlanta. Round nine proved to be exciting as Tindol Motorsports driver, Michael Galati, took the pole and win in his Mazda 6, helping Mazda clinch the coveted title over Acura by 23 points.

Mazda's pursuit for the jeweled crown began in 2001 with a Mazda ProtegE9, recording its first win a year later. In 2004, the Mazda 6 was unveiled at Infineon Raceway with Tri-Point Motorsports driver, Jeff Altenburg; where he took the car to its first victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Zoom-Zoom manufacturer ran strong in 2006 and scored an impressive six poles, five wins, and eleven podiums in 2007. Altenburg leads over his teammate, Randy Pobst, by 19 points for the Driver's Championship which will be determined at Laguna Seca.
Pobsthas always been impressed with Mazda's rich history and commitment to racing. There is the soul of a sports car in every Mazda, smiles Randy. Mazda has for roughly forty years made fun, reliable, affordable, front-wheel-drive sports cars that adapt easily to the race track. Mazda is a car company for people who love high performance cars that an average guy can put in his garage.

The Mazda 6's success in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Series can be attributed to Mazda Motorsports, Tri-Point Motorsports, Tindol Motorsports, and their ace drivers. Tri-Point team owner, Craig Nagler, reported no real problems in building the racing machine thanks to his ensemble cast. Between having great support from Mazda, some of their engineers and our own expertise, we can avoid a lot of issues, explains Nagler. For Christ Tindol, owner of Tindol Motorsports, building their first Mazda 6 was a labor of love that took over one year to build. We brought the 6 out mid-season in 2005 at Mid-Ohio. I wanted the car to be the best possible at the time and we waited until every detail was covered before bringing the car out into the eyes of our competitors. The car was fast right out of the box."

Modifications to any race car in the SPEED World Challenge Series must be approved by the SCCA sanctioning body and meet its Vehicle Technical Specifications sheet (VTS). At Sebring, Craig found a handling breakthrough that put our Mazda 6's on top, explains Pobst I believe the Acuras are getting faster as they develop their new sequential transmissions and restricted motor setups, just like we did. With Audi, BMW and Acura, it's a great race. It is so competitive that small setup changes can make a big difference. Craig and Tri-Point never stop pushing development for more speed.
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