Tri-Point Motorsports is adding a third driver to their already potent lineup for the remainder of the ten-race 2007 SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car series schedule. Roberto Santos will pilot the #74 Tri-Point Motorsports prepared Mazdaspeed Motorsport Development MAZDA6 in the remaining nine races of this year’s Touring Car schedule, and will make his debut for Tri-Point and the World Challenge series at the Miller Motorsports Park event the weekend of May 17-19.
After successfully testing with the Tri-Point squad and showing some remarkable pace with the MAZDA6, Santos signed on for the 07 season. Santos, who hails from Monterrey, Mexico and now lives in the Los Angeles area, does not have the race seat time of his more experienced teammates, but he brings with him a combination of speed and determination. Although the World Challenge Touring Car series will be his professional debut, Santos understands the importance of being part of a high caliber team with the best possible equipment.
Santos will have some great mentors in the team with team principal Craig Nagler as well as Tri-Point drivers Jeff Altenburg and Randy Pobst. Altenburg and Pobst have already launched the Tri-Point squad into the 07 season as they sit one-two in the driver’s championship points race. Mazda is currently leading the manufacturer’s title chase.
“A lot of things just lined up at the right moment for all of this to come together. I think it’s going to be a great first step for me, but it is uncharted territory. I know that there are some very tough teams and drivers in this series (World Challenge Touring Car). Utah is where I’ll really see where I stand.”
“I've tested with Roberto twice now, and both times he impressed me with his speed and his approach to the task at hand. He's pretty much jumping off the deep end by moving to the SPEED World Challenge Series so early in his racing career, but he remained calm and continued to improve with every session. Probably the most significant observation I have after the two tests is that Roberto not only listens and understands the advice he is given, but then is able to execute on track and go faster. That's more than some seasoned veterans I know can do! I think he will represent Tri Point Motorsports and Mazda well this year and have fun doing it.”
“I am happy to welcome Roberto to the Tri-Point Mazda team. He's in a great place on a team of this caliber, and has shown well in testing. It will also be helpful to Mazda's pursuit of the Championship to add another fast Mazda 6 to the Touring Car field.”
Be sure to look for the brilliant blue and white Tri-Point Motorsports Mazdaspeed MAZDA6 Touring Cars at round two of the SPEED World Challenge 2007 schedule the weekend of May 17-19 at the new Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City, Utah. You will see the accustomed #72 Altenburg machine, the #73 Pobst MAZDA6, and the #74 with Roberto Santos behind the wheel. For more information on the SPEED World Challenge series, or to see the schedule for the upcoming Miller Motorsports Park race, log onto www.world-challenge. com. For more information on Tri-Point and their race winning, championship leading MAZDA6 race team log onto www.tripointengineering.com.