Mazda Team Joest adds Ryan Hunter-Reay for Mid-Ohio

Indycar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner joins
Jonathan Bomarito in debut race for Mazda –

Mazda Team Joest will welcome one of America’s top IndyCar drivers to the team as Ryan Hunter-Reay will compete for Mazda at the Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, on the 3-5th May, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.Hunter-Reay, the 2012 NTT
IndyCar Series champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner, will partner with
Jonathan Bomarito in the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P. Bomarito’s regular teammate, Harry Tincknell, will return
for the rest of the season at the Detroit Grand Prix.

The previous race, the
Grand Prix of Long Beach, saw a strong run for the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P of
Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez. Both Nunez and Jarvis led the race before
finishing in fourth position. The 2018 version of the Sports Car Challenge at
Mid-Ohio saw Mazda Team Joest record its first
podium, with Jarvis and Nunez finishing in third place. Mid-Ohio was also the
circuit where Mazda scored its first American Le Mans Series class victory in
2005 in the LMP2 class, and where in 2010 it scored its first overall victory.

John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports

“Mid-Ohio has been a
special place over the years for Mazda. Many Mazdas
have visited the top step of the podium there, but a couple of our Mid-Ohio
success stories are extra special. In May 2005 we scored our very first
American Le Mans Series class win there and then in August 2010 we scored our
first overall American Le Mans Series win there. We want nothing more
than to make this visit to Mid-Ohio another ‘first’ by putting the RT24-Ps on
the podium and in victory lane. Both cars were quick at Mid-Ohio last
year and we have been competitive in every session of 2019. We are
constantly in pursuit of our first – hopefully of many – DPi
victories and I sure hope it comes …continue reading