The links between Mazda North American Operations in
Irvine, California and Mazda Team Joest go far beyond just the decals on the
two Mazda RT24-Ps which will race in this Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car
Grand Prix at Long Beach.
While a large number of Mazda employees will attend
Saturday’s race on the streets of Long Beach to support Mazda Team Joest, many
of those employees have direct ties to the Mazda Team Joest program. The Mazda
RT24-P, which races in IMSA’s Daytona Prototype International class, was penned
by the designers at Mazda’s Research and Development center in Irvine,
California, where Mazda’s consumer vehicles are also designed.
After leading in the first two rounds of the IMSA
WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, Mazda Team Joest’s next opportunity for
success falls in this Saturday’s 100-minute race. While the race is the
shortest on the IMSA calendar, the narrow, unforgiving nature of the 1.9-mile
circuit set near downtown Long Beach means passing opportunities are limited
which will put extra pressure on the qualifying driver and on the team to
execute their pit stops and driver changes to perfection.
The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P of Jonathan Bomarito and Harry
Tincknell arrives at Long Beach following a sixth-place finish at the 12 Hours
of Sebring. The No. 77 Mazda RT24-P of Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez finished
in fourth place in last season’s race at Long Beach.
The qualifying session for the BUBBA burger Sports Car
Grand Prix at Long Beach will be livestreamed at 8:30 PM ET on Friday, April 12
on IMSA.tv. The BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach will …continue reading