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Mazda drives to second place in the Daytona 24 Hours

  • British sportscar star
    Oliver Jarvis’s RT24-P recorded Mazda’s best overall finish at Daytona.
  • With the number 55
    RT24-P finishing in 6th both Mazda entries crossed the line in the
    top ten.
  • The second place number
    77 Mazda led 190 laps of the race.

The two Mazda RT24-Ps of
Mazda Team Joest battled over 24 hours of racing at Daytona International
Speedway to record the company’s best overall finish at the Daytona 24 Hours.The
number 77 Mazda driven by Olivier Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Olivier Pla
finished in second position, completing 833 laps over the 24-hour race. Jarvis
qualified the car on pole position, and from the drop of the green flag it was
a factor for the victory, leading a total of 190 laps in the race.

having to serve a penalty just before the halfway point of the race, the team’s
three drivers battled back into contention for the win and ran in second
position throughout the final hours of the race, with Jarvis ultimately taking
the flag one minute and five seconds behind the overall winner. This result
improves on Mazda’s previous best overall finishing position, which was fifth
place in 1989 with a Mazda 767B.

The number
55 Mazda RT24-P driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Harry
Tincknell overcame a challenging race to finish in sixth position. The drivers
had to battle back from incidents in traffic and were slowed by damaged
bodywork as well as a penalty, but remained in contention for the victory
throughout the race. Although it was slowed by a mechanical problem in the
final hours, they finished the race in sixth position and collected valuable
championship points.

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