At last. Mazda victory at The Glen.
In 2016, Mazda Motorsports unveiled the Mazda RT24-P race car to compete in the Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2017.
With this amazing race car, ran by SpeedSource Race Engineering, Mazda’s total commitment to sports car racing was pretty clear and showed they were willing to go for a title in a very competitive series.
Since then a lot changed.
Joest Racing, the team that won Le Mans 15 times, was abruptly withdrew from Audi endurance racing at the end of the 2016 WEC season. In 2017 Mazda was looking for an operational top race team. Mazda and Joest Racing finally made a deal and became Mazda Joest Team in 2018.
Driver lineup changed too. From an all-American lineup in the beginning, British and German drivers joined as well. Nowadays, both #55 and #77 always have super squads behind the wheel. Some of them are my all-time favorites.
Despite all these positive changes, this hasn’t been enough though.
Bad luck and a few forced retirements, has been constantly contrasting to great speed and pace of the car, pole positions and track records. But! It would come one day!
And it did!
This weekend at Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen the bad luck streak was finally over and Mazda DPi’s grabbed first and second!
First race win for the team and champagne was more than overdue!
I’m sure this was celebrated around the world. All Mazda supporters (me included!) were craving for this for a very long time! So deserved!
So congratulations to the whole team! Fantastic work!!! 👏🏆🏁
Let’s see what the rest of the series bring, but hopefully more of this!
Next race is Mosport in Canada next weekend. Let’s go Mazda Joest Team!!!
Photo Credits: Mazda Motosports Media