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Monday Morning Auto News, Mar 18, 2019

Mazda Team Joest battles to the finish at the Sebring 12 Hours

Making it to the finish of the 12 Hours of Sebring is
one of the biggest challenges in sports car racing, and despite both of its
cars encountering major setbacks during the race, the cars of Mazda Team Joest
made it to the finish in Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring.

The first challenge for the drivers of Mazda Team
Joest came in the form of the weather, as a heavy rain passed through Sebring
International Raceway during the first part of the day, causing the race to
start under a full course caution.

When the race finally got underway, Tristan Nunez, who
had qualified the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P in second position, stormed to the lead
with a bold pass on the outside of Sebring’s turn one. However, the challenge
by the No. 77 came to an end when an electrical problem caused the car to stop
on course in the second hour of the race. The car ultimately returned to the
race and was classified in eleventh position at the finish, but Nunez set the
third-fastest lap of the race before the checkered fell.

The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P of Jonathan Bomarito, Olivier
Pla and Harry Tincknell went down one lap in the early stages of the race but
mounted a charge through the field to make up the lap and then lead the race.
Just before the halfway mark, Bomarito had an incident which forced him to
bring the car for an unscheduled stop for repairs.

After losing three laps, the driving trio was able to make up one lap on speed, punctuated by Harry Tincknell setting the fastest lap of the race in the tenth hour with a time of 1:47.472. However, a lack of full-course caution periods minimised the team’s opportunities to make up more laps and the car took the checkered flag in sixth position.

The next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
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Friday Morning Auto News, Mar 15, 2019