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Barber Dominates for TNI Racing at Mazda Raceway

Monterey, CA --  Tim Barber, driving the TNI Racing / American Canyon Collision Mazdaspeed 3 dominated the weekend by being the quickest car in every session and winning round three of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship held in conjunction with the NASA Festival of Speed.  The fight for second place was much tighter as Barber’s TNI Racing teammate, Doug Makishima, had his hands full with Dave Brown’s Competition Clutch / Hawk Performance BMW M3.  The two fought it out at the last race in Utah and now they seemed to continue their battle in Monterey.  Brown eventually prevailed and finished second as Makishima had issues with a turbocharger hose.  Getting the best view of the battle was Ali Arsham, driving the GoGoGear.com / UTI / Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe who finished third.  Arsham was only a second behind Brown but just did not have enough to close the gap any further.

In the GT class, it was a battle of newcomers.  Winning the race was the 2009 USTCC Champion, Andrie Hartanto.  debuting Prima Racing’s new CT Engineering/Supertech Honda S2000 for this special race.  Hartanto did not have it easy as he was chased by two BMW M3s for the entire race.  Performance Technic announced their new driver Sean Yepez only a few days ago and he did not need much time to get used to the car as he brought home the BMW in second place and set the quickest lap of the race over third place finisher Geoff Sykes by only two hundredths of a second.  Sykes, who is the points leader going into the race, drove a smart race and stayed out of trouble bringing the Replay XD BMW home in third place.