Rockland Standard Gear Confirms Jeff Altenburg to Race with Powell Team for Balance of Grand AM Cup Season

Confirmation of Altenburg for the Watkins Glen Round 6 of the Grand Am Cup brings stability to the #02 Rockland Standard gear driver line-up.

Port Perry, On. (June 14, 2003) -- The Powell Motorsport team's #02 Rockland Standard Gear Corvette will contest the balance of the 2003 Grand Am Cup with team principal drivers Mike Weinberg and Jeff Altenburg.

The #02 Corvette has finished 2nd and 5th in the past two Grand Am Cup races The #02 car car carries sponsorship from Rockland Standard Gear , Tremec Transmission and Sunoco Ultra 94.

Team Leader John Powell expects continued top five success with Mike Weinberg and Altenburg.

"We felt it best to run the #02 team Corvette at the first race with the same drivers as we did last year." Powell said today " So Stu Hayner was in the car at Daytona. Mike Weinberg has steadily improved, and as he has gotten more comfortable with the #02 Corvette he has done a great driving job. Looking for nothing less than podium finishes fall season long, we are pleased Mike did so well in Alabama finishing 2nd. Jeff was unable to drive at that race because of a schedule conflict so Andy Lally drove with Mike on a one time basis. Now Jeff is confirmed for the balance of the season."

Jeff Altenburg has raced successfully in SCCA national club championships, the SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am championship (Rookie of the year in 2000) and World Challenge. Jeff is 17th in Grand Am Cup points after racing in just three of five races so far this year. Co-driver Mike Weinberg is 9th. Six races remain in the 11 race Grand Am Cup Schedule.

The Powell team continues to use the ultra reliable Rockland Standard Gear re-manufactured Tremec T56 gearboxes and Getrag differentials in all Powell team cars.

The Grand-Am Cup Series will hold round six of the 2003 season at Watkins Glen International on June 21. Tickets are currently on sale for The Glen Twin 250s and may be purchased online at

The Powell #11 Corvette races with Sunoco Ultra 94 ethanol enhanced gasoline, available throughout Ontario, Canada - the highest octane on the street.

The Powell #02 Corvette races with sponsorship from internationally recognised standard transmission experts Rockland Standard Gear. Rockland is a standard transmission re-manufacturing and wholesale parts distribution business located near New York City, USA.

The #11 Z06 Corvette also races with Chemcraft International Inc. Chemcraft is a North American leader in the supply of unique, high performance and environmental friendly industrial coatings for the wood finishing industry. The Chemcraft Wood Coatings Group are headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Port Hope, Ontario with active plants and warehouses across USA and Canada.

Sunoco is a subsidiary of Suncor Energy, a Canadian integrated energy company. In addition to a refinery in Sarnia, Sunoco has a network of more than 300 Sunoco-branded retail and Fleet Fuel cardlock sites and is 50 per cent co-owner of over 200 Pioneer and UPI retail sites. Sunoco manufactures, distributes and markets transportation fuels, heating oils and petrochemicals primarily in Ontario. The company markets natural gas to commercial and residential consumers and offers consumers Sunoco products and services online through the company's web site at


Rob King
Brand Manager, Sunoco Ultra 94
Suncor Energy Products.

Bob Maresco,
Rockland Standard Gear Public Relations
1- 800-227-1523

John Powell
Powell Motorsport
905 986-2277