Mazda set unofficial Daytona course record in testing ahead of the 24 Hours

Olivier Pla and the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P set the standard for the Daytona Prototype international field in Sunday’s qualifying session at the Roar Before the 24, the annual preseason test held at Daytona International Speedway for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Pla drove the Arctic White Mazda RT24-P to a time of 1:33.324 (137.321
MPH), which is an all-time but unofficial course record. The time was faster
than the official Daytona International Speedway course record of 1:33.865, set
by his teammate Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P in qualifying for the
2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

His teammate, Jonathan Bomarito, qualified the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P in fifth
position with a time of 1:33.660. The two Mazda RT24-Ps combined to lead six of
the eight sessions of the weekend.

The team will return for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 22-26.

QUOTES

Nelson
Cosgrove

Director,
Mazda Motorsports

“Our
focus this weekend was to work on our cars for the race to give our two cars
the best chance for success when we return at the end of the month. Our plan
was to show our true pace and work through the items we needed to work through
and give each of the drivers plenty of opportunity to improve the cars. But it
has been great to have both Mazda RT24-Ps lead sessions and be fast throughout
all three days. Olivier put together an amazing lap and the team is confident
in the car that we have for the race. One of our primary goals this season is
to be successful in the endurance races, and even though today’s results will
mean very little on race day, it’s great to know that we are on the right path.”

No. 77
Mazda RT24-P

Olivier
Pla

“We
were anticipating that we would be a little bit quicker this year than last
year, and the direction from the team was very clear – drive as hard as you
can. The team …continue reading