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Earl' & Mooch' from MUTTS Zoom-Zoom for The Humane Society of the United States

In the chase for the championship, drivers Jeff Altenburg and Randy Pobst have been pushing each other all season long. After eight races in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship, they are first and second in points with two wins each. For the final two races, each will have a new teammate as the Tri-Point Motorsports team has adopted Earl' and Mooch,' the beloved "MUTTS" comic strip characters, to ride along. Jeff, Randy, Earl', and Mooch' have joined forces with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in their efforts to promote the adoption of shelter animals. The blue and white Tri-Point MAZDA6s will be carrying unique graphics for the Road Atlanta and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca events. Jeff will be racing with Earl' the dog, while Randy will have Mooch' the cat as his driving muse.

Fans of the "MUTTS" comic strip are familiar with the annual Shelter Stories, a week of strips focusing on the plight of shelter animals. This program will, in essence, speed up the message to 160mph.

Life-sized versions of Earl' and Mooch' will be making paddock appearances at both races, making for some fun photo opportunities for families.

When the idea first came to us, we thought it sounded like a fun way to share the important message of adopting shelter animals. The "MUTTS" characters are favorites for many of us on the team. The hardest part was in getting Jeff and Randy to decide who would have Mooch' and who would have Earl' on their car, laughed Craig Nagler, team owner for Tri-Point Motorsports.

With so much of the recent athlete animal-related headlines in recent months being unfortunately bad news, it's a delight for The Humane Society to work with Randy and Jeff, who both understand and believe in helping animals, noted Michael Markarian, Executive Vice President for The Humane Society of the United States.

In my daily comic strip, MUTTS, I have always promoted the adopting of pets from local shelters. With the help of the Mazda Team, Earl and Mooch are now conveying this important message at top speed! added cartoonist Patrick McDonnell.

The promotion will not end at the checkered flag. After the season concludes, the hoods from both cars, the Sparco driver suits, and other souvenirs will be signed by the drivers and auctioned off to benefit The HSUS. Details will be posted to in late October, allowing plenty of time for holiday wrapping for that special motorsports and/or MUTTS enthusiast.
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