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Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy Prime

Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy

Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.

Motivation high at Mazda despite program’s demise

Mazda Motorsports drivers Oliver Jarvis, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito say there’s been no loss of focus despite the recent announcement that the marque's IMSA program is coming to an end.

Mazda to end IMSA Prototype program in October

This will be the final season for Mazda Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Prototype category, it was announced today.

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Mazda lost Rolex 24 victory shot with rear wing issue

Mazda lost a shot at victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona with a rear wing issue that robbed its solo entry of downforce in the closing stages. 

Mazda cutting to one car has "positives and negatives"

Mazda cutting back to a single car for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season has positive aspects as well as obvious negatives, believes Harry Tincknell.

Mazda’s Sebring win “a huge result” says Tincknell

Harry Tincknell, who won Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale with Jonathan Bomarito and Ryan Hunter-Reay, says the result was “a dream way to end the season.”

Jarvis on Mazda: IMSA championship destiny is “in our hands”

Oliver Jarvis believes Mazda can beat the Cadillac teams to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype title, providing it overcomes its Sebring deficit.

Mazda's IMSA title hopes influenced by BoP and schedule

Mazda’s aces Oliver Jarvis, Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell and Tristan Nunez consider their chances of IMSA WeatherTech Championship glory are perhaps a little stronger with the street races eliminated, but that the outcome is far more likely to depend on Balance of Performance changes.

Mazda now has more "business-like" mentality

Oliver Jarvis says the mentality of the Mazda Team Joest squad has become more "business-like" after scoring his second consecutive pole position for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Mazda has 'by far its best-ever package' - Tincknell

Mazda Team Joest has "by far" its best-ever package ahead of this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona as it seeks to convert its strong performance in the Roar test, claims Harry Tincknell.

Pla leads Mazda 1-2 in second Roar Before the 24 session

Olivier Pla edged Mazda Team Joest teammate Jonathan Bomarito by less than 0.1sec to top the second of four practice sessions before Saturday’s qualifying for the 58th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Mazda announces IMSA line-ups for 2020 season

Mazda Team Joest has confirmed its 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship driver line-ups, with IndyCar ace Ryan Hunter-Reay coming on board for all four long-distance endurance events.

Hunter-Reay set to race for Mazda in Rolex 24

IndyCar ace Ryan Hunter-Reay appears set to join Mazda Team Joest for the first round of the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Mazda's IMSA streak a result of "relentless effort"

Mazda Team Joest’s recent winning streak in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the result of "two-and-a-half years of tenacity" according to Multimatic Motorsport boss Larry Holt.

Fight made Mazda’s third win “more rewarding” than first

Drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell, as well as Mazda North America’s motorsports director John Doonan, have admitted they didn’t expect to beat the Acuras at Road America’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round but that made the win more satisfying.

Bomarito on Mazda's Watkins Glen 1-2: “We just had to be perfect”

Jonathan Bomarito, who along with Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla led a Mazda Team Joest 1-2 in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen yesterday, says the RT24-Ps were so fast that fulfilling their potential came down simply to “execution”.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Mazda breaks its curse, scores 1-2

Mazda Team Joest scored a brilliant 1-2 in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla’s #55 car leading the #77 of Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Timo Bernhard to end more than five years of heartbreaking near-misses in emphatic style.

Jarvis: Mazda's first win more important than title bid

Mazda Team Joest securing its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory is more important than launching a bid for title honours this season, says Oliver Jarvis.

Detroit IMSA: Tincknell’s Mazda leads raceday warm-up

Harry Tincknell in the #55 Mazda RT24-P delivered a late flyer to usurp the two Acura ARX-05s and top warm-up for Saturday’s Detroit IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round.

Mazda "so close" to first IMSA win, says Nunez

Mazda Team Joest is on the cusp of its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win following its double podium finish in last weekend's Mid-Ohio race, says Tristan Nunez.

Hunter-Reay replaces Tincknell at Mazda for Mid-Ohio

IndyCar star Ryan Hunter-Reay will return to IMSA action next weekend at Mid-Ohio when he stands in for Harry Tincknell at Mazda Team Joest.

Mazda in “completely different stratosphere” at Daytona in 2019

Mazda Team Joest ace Harry Tincknell says that he’s expecting race wins and championship contention after the “huge” shift in the team dynamic in the RT24-P’s third season.

Bernhard, Pla join Mazda IMSA endurance lineup

Mazda Team Joest has bolstered its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver line-up for the 2019 season, with Timo Bernhard and Olivier Pla joining its roster.

Di Grassi, Franchitti to race for Mazda at Petit Le Mans

Formula E star Lucas di Grassi will make his first prototype start since Audi's withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship in this month's Petit Le Mans IMSA season finale.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Tincknell puts Mazda on top in warm-up

Harry Tincknell sent hisMazda RT24-P to the top of the times at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca as teams completed their final preparation for the Continental Tire Monterey GP featuring America’s Tire 250.

Mazda now "ready" to fight for IMSA wins, says Tincknell

The Joest Mazda team believes it is ready to start winning IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races after challenging for the victory deep into last weekend's Sebring 12 Hours. 

Mazda confident in Sebring pace despite penalty

The two Mazda Team Joest RT24-Ps have been sent to the back of the Prototype field but John Doonan of Mazda is expecting the cars to be “in the hunt” in the closing stages of the 66th Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

Sebring 12 Hours: Mazda Team Joest 1-2 in night practice

Rene Rast and Harry Tincknell put the Joest-run Mazda RT24-Ps on top of the times at Sebring during third practice for Saturday’s Sebring 12 Hours.

Jarvis: Mazda title challenge “a step too far” in 2018

Oliver Jarvis says the relative newness of the Mazda Team Joest partnership probably means it will struggle to beat the Cadillac squads over the course of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship this year.

Mazda Team Joest optimistic ahead of Rolex 24

Directors and drivers in Mazda Team Joest are positive that the progress and reliability the relatively new squad showed in the Roar Before the 24 test suggests they can land a strong result this weekend at Daytona.

Jarvis: “It’s a dream” to be racing in the USA

Mazda Team Joest signing Oliver Jarvis says that it’s been a long-held ambition for him to race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Tincknell: “No hiding place” for Mazda in 2018

Harry Tincknell believes Mazda has no excuses not to succeed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship next year, with multiple Le Mans-winning outfit Joest Racing running its cars.

Mazda Team Joest reveals IMSA line-up for 2018

Mazda Team Joest has revealed a revised full-time line-up for its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship assault next year, while Spencer Pigot and Rene Rast will join for the four endurance events.

Nunez, Bomarito begin Mazda testing with Joest

Joest Racing had its first test with the Mazda RT24-P at Hockenheim on Tuesday with Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez running the Hockenheim short course.

Mazda Team Joest to begin testing in August

The Mazda RT24-Ps, which have been withdrawn from the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, will begin 2018 testing “within the next 30-40 days”, as Joest and Multimatic aim to improve raceability and reliability.

Joest joins forces with Mazda for 2018 IMSA assault

The Mazda RT24-P Prototypes will compete in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under the Mazda Team Joest banner, as the legendary endurance team replaces SpeedSource.

Franchitti gets Mazda prototype seat for Sebring 12h

Marino Franchitti has been added to the Mazda Prototype team for next month's Sebring 12 Hours.

Mazda squad adds Hinchcliffe, Pigot for Rolex 24 attack

The Mazda Prototype team has announced IndyCar drivers James Hinchcliffe and Spencer Pigot will join the squad for this month's Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Shootout winner Askew aiming for USF2000 title in 2017

Oliver Askew, who last week won the Mazda Road To Indy $200k Scholarship Shootout, says he’s aiming to take that momentum into next season with a realistic tilt at winning the USF2000 championship.

Bomarito “shocked” by balance of 2017 Mazda RT24-P

Mazda sportscar ace Jonathan Bomarito says the marque’s new Prototype has been startling in terms of balance and also downforce, which he says requires a lot of commitment.

More demanding Prototypes suit our drivers, says Mazda chief

John Doonan, director of motorsports at Mazda North American Operations, says the greater physical and mental demands of the faster DPi-spec Mazda RT24-P should be an advantage for the IMSA team’s youth-led driver lineup.

Shank Ligier and Ferraris lead fourth practice at Petit Le Mans

Olivier Pla put the Michael Shank Ligier on top for the fourth straight practice session at Petit Le Mans, as Ferrari 488s headed the GTLM class.

Pagenaud leads IndyCar contingent at Petit Le Mans

New IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud will join Action Express Racing for the WeatherTech Championship’s season finale at Road Atlanta next month, leading a host of IndyCar stars spread across two of IMSA’s classes.

Bomarito takes brilliant pole for Mazda

Jonathan Bomarito’s Mazda Prototype took pole position at Road America with a startling time, well over one second faster than the opposition, as Ford scooped another P1 in the GT Le Mans class.

Mazda and Corvette take IMSA poles at Mosport

Tristan Nunez scored his second pole of the season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, née Mosport, while Antonio Garcia took GTLM honors for Corvette Racing.

Action Express goes 1-2 at Watkins Glen

The Sahlen Six Hours of the Glen has been won by the Action Express duo of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

Pla sets record pace for Shank at Watkins Glen

All four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar classes set unofficial record-breaking laps in practice for this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Mazda to honor 25th anniversary of Le Mans win at Watkins Glen

The two-car Mazda prototype team will run a special livery at the Sahlen Six Hours of the Glen this weekend.

Mazda drivers rueful after dominance turns to defeat

Jonathan Bomarito says he is “gutted” for the team after both Mazda Prototypes failed to score a representative result at Laguna Seca, after dominating the weekend.

Mazda locks out the front row at Laguna Seca

Mazda and Ferrari have taken pole positions for the prototype and GTLM classes in the Monterey GP at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda tops practice at its ‘own’ track

The Mazda Prototypes ran 1-2 in both of Friday’s practice sessions for Sunday’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Q&A: Mazda chief engineer details switch from diesel to petrol engine

Mazda chief engineer Marcus Shen spoke one-on-one with's Nick DeGroot regarding the new petrol engine for their prototype entries and where they stack up against the competition ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

"I wouldn't be here" without Mazda, says Pigot ahead of debut

After winning the 2015 Indy Lights title in dominating fashion, Spencer Pigot is at a turning point in his racing career.

Mazda retains IMSA Prototype lineup for 2016

Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Tom Long and Joel Miller will remain the driving force in Mazda Motorsports' pair of prototypes in 2016.