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Zoom times 3! A Weekend of Mazda Wins!
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Monday, April 4, 2005 - 4:19am



It was a great weekend at the track for MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development as Team Bergenholtz, SpeedSource and Tri-Point Motorsports recorded victories for Mazda in three different professional production-based racing series in which the manufacturer participates.
"What a weekend!" remarked Steve Sanders, manager, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development and the man responsible for Mazda's North American motorsport operations.
In action at Fontana, Calif.'s California Speedway, Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell's SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 took victory in the Sport Touring class of the Grand Am Cup. Taking advantage of a strong move early in the race that moved the team into the lead, they were well placed when a mid-race full-course caution allowed them to gain a lap over the field. The victory moves Tremblay and Haskell to the points lead as they move to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the next race of the season at the US Sports Car Invitational,April 29-30.
On the other side of the country in St. Petersburg, Fla., Randy Pobst took his Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 to victory in the SPEED World Challenge Touring Class. After qualifying at the front of the field, Pobst was beaten to turn one but regained the lead as the race returned to green-flag conditions after a full-course yellow. Pobst was never again headed, the victory ever sweeter after mechanical issues dropped him out of the previous race in Sebring, Fla., while he was leading. Pobst is now fifth in the driver's points standings; Mazda is second in the manufacturer's standings.

Also in Florida, Sport Compact veteran Ed Bergenholtz captured his first career NHRA Sport Compact national event victory with an impressive Pro FWD performance in a weekend of record-setting action at the third annual BFGoodrich Tires NHRA Sport Compact Nationals presented by BUZZ 103.1 & R.J. Gators at Moroso Motorsports Park.


Bergenholtz, of Santa Ana, Calif., cruised to the victory with a pass of 8.563 seconds at 162.42 mph in his Golden Eagle Mazda 6 after final round opponent Jason Hunt rolled to the finish line when his Valvoline/Saturn Motorsports Ion Coupe suffered a flat tire and shut the clocks off in 14.936 at 29.19.
The victory was Bergenholtz’s first-ever in his 17-race career which began with his Oct. 2001 debut. His victory also was the first win by a Mazda-branded Pro FWD car. Bergenholtz advanced to the final round by spoiling the Pro FWD debut of the 2004 Hot Rod champion, Marty Ladwig. Bergenholtz clocked a run of 8.514 at 157.39 easily outrunning Ladwig’s Chevy Cobalt which stumbled off the line and could not recover.

“This victory has been such a long road, such a long time coming,” said an emotional Bergenholtz. “I hope this will give hope to competitors who think only the big budget teams can win. We surrounded ourselves with a lot of great people – including sponsors like MAZDASPEED, Golden Eagle, Nitto Tires, Konig, and Clutch Masters – and this is the result. Now that we have Bergenholtz Racing’s first NHRA Wally, we’ll have to push for a family of them.”

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