Mazda Team Joest earned its first two podiums of the
season on Sunday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, when the Soul Red
Crystal Mazda RT24-Ps finished a fighting second and third in the Sports Car
The fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship saw the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P start the race from pole position
thanks to the record-setting qualifying effort of Oliver Jarvis, with Ryan
Hunter-Reay starting in sixth position in the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P.
Jarvis battled for the lead during the opening stint,
trading the lead several times while Hunter-Reay recovered from contact on the
opening lap to move up to third position. Jarvis, back in the lead, turned his
Mazda over to Tristan Nunez for the closing stages of the race. Nunez joined
the race in second position and battled for the lead while Hunter-Reay, in
third position, turned his Mazda over to Jonathan Bomarito. A late-race yellow
flag bunched the field, but did not change the order and Nunez crossed the finish
line in second position – 2.022 seconds behind the winner – while Bomarito
crossed in third.
Jarvis recorded the fastest lap of the race, setting a
lap of 1:12.410 around the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio circuit. As both Jarvis and
Hunter-Reay led the race during Sunday’s Sports Car Challenge, Mazda has led at
each race throughout the 2019 season, earned two pole positions and started on
the front row in three of the four races. Jarvis has also set lap records in
qualifying at Daytona International Speedway and Mid-Ohio.