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Mazda takes 4th and 9th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca World Challenge
Submitted by Berny on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 - 17:59Mazdaspeed 6

By Curtis Kitchen, SCCA

MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 16, 2005) – Rookie driver John Angelone, of Bridgewater, N.J., earned the first SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car victory of his career Sunday at the Monterey Sports Car Championships, driving away from the rest of the field in his No. 19 Pit Bull Energy Drink/Stand 21 Audi A4 to win the 26-lap race by 5.214 seconds.

Bob Stretch, of Dallas, Texas led early before finishing second, and Peter Cunningham earned the fourth SPEED World Challenge Drivers’ Championship of his career, and secured the SPEED Touring Car Manufacturers’ Championship Presented by Racer Magazine for Acura, by finishing third.

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MazdaSpeed6 U.S. launch delayed: Mazda product developer takes blame
Submitted by Berny on Monday, September 12, 2005 - 15:18Mazdaspeed 6

MARK RECHTIN | Automotive News
Posted Date: 9/12/05

MONTEREY, Calif. - It's my fault.

How often do you hear those words in the auto industry?

But at Mazda North American Operations, Robert Davis is falling on his sword.

Davis, Mazda's senior vice president of product development and quality, is taking the blame for delaying the U.S. launch of the MazdaSpeed6.

The high-performance sedan was to have arrived at car dealerships in June with a base sticker of $28,555, including destination. But 30 days before Job 1, Davis wouldn't sign off on the North American edition of the car. As a result, the MazdaSpeed6 will not arrive until late September.

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Tri-Point Motorsports Soldiers Through World Challenge Touring Car Series Mosport Weekend
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, September 8, 2005 - 15:15Mazdaspeed 6

September 4, 2005 - Showing competitive form through much of the 28-lap SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series Mosport Grand Prix event, the Tri-Point Motorsports squad and team drivers Randy Pobst, Dino Crescentini, and Jeff Altenburg took the checkered flag in their Mazdaspeed MAZDA6 race cars for 5th, 13th and 15th place respective finishing positions. The Mosport Grand Prix marked the 9th round of the 2005 World Challenge Touring Car Series, and with only one race remaining for this season, the chase for the manufacturers title will come down to the wire, setting up a go-for-broke shootout at the final event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the weekend of October 14th-16th.

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MazdaSpeed Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 on the Podium at Denver World Challenge Touring Car Race
Submitted by Berny on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 13:11Mazdaspeed 6

August 14, 2005 - With only two events left on the eleven race 2005 SCCA SPEED World Challenge schedule, Jeff Altenburg made the most of his weekend as he skillfully brought the #72 Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 home 2nd during Saturday’s Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver, and added crucial points to Mazda’s fight for the manufacturers title. Tri-Point drivers Dino Crescentini and Randy Pobst finished 5th and 7th, ensuring again that all of Tri-Point’s MAZDA6s were in the top ten.

The brilliant blue Mazdaspeed MAZDA6s of Tri-Point Motorsports were on a strong pace from the start of the weekend. Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Georgia just barely missed the top qualifying spot, which he has earned three times this year, and had to settle for the outside of the front row, with a lap of 1:20.790 around the 1.65 mile temporary street circuit. Dino Crescentini of Malibu, California, who has had a welcome and impressive resurgence in his competitiveness as the season moves on, qualified the #74 entry third with a lap of 1:20.952. Jeff Altenburg of Ellicott City, Maryland, after being balked by traffic on his fastest lap, qualified his #72 MAZDA6 7th; a position that would belie the impressive pace he would later show during the race.

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Pre-Orders Start for Mazdaspeed Atenza
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 15:50Mazdaspeed 6

- Embodies a simultaneous response to environmental issues and the desire for high power; a Green Tax compliant high performance sedan -

Mazda Motor Corporation began taking orders today for the Mazdaspeed Atenza at Mazda and Mazda Anfini dealers throughout Japan. The sales launch is set for late August 2005.

Mazdaspeed Atenza comes equipped with technology independently developed by Mazda: a newly developed 2.3L direction injection gasoline turbo engine (designated the MZR 2.3L DISI Turbo*) and an electronic Active Torque Split Control All-Wheel-Drive system. It delivers a higher balance between comfort, economy and high performance that we need in everyday life.

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MazdaSpeed6 Delayed
Submitted by Marcus on Tuesday, April 19, 2005 - 14:29Mazdaspeed 6

The MazdaSpeed6 has been delayed. It was scheduled to go on sale in June. That date has been pushed back until the fall. With the launch of the new Miata and Mazda5 minivan, something had to go to the back burner, and the MazdaSpeed6 was it.

The new Miata is expected to be a big seller. It’s going to be stateside in August, so the last of the fine-tuning has to be done now. The Miata has always been a big seller, and this is the first complete redesign of that model. The new Miata is expected to be “The Car”, and Mazda is applying the manpower to insure that it is.

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