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WHAT'S NEW WITH MAZDA MOTORSPORTS? EVERYTHING!



                WHAT'S NEW WITH MAZDA MOTORSPORTS? EVERYTHING!

New car, engine, fuel, teams, and drivers join Mazda and SpeedSource at
Daytona

PR Newswire

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 25, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda will be seeking its
24^th class win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race with three all-new
2014 Mazda6 racecars powered by Mazda's advanced, 400-horsepower SKYACTIV-D
Clean Diesel engine. This will be the first-ever diesel powerplant to compete
in GRAND-AM racing. The SKYACTIV-D engines are very much production-based,
with more than 60-percent stock components, including the engine block and
head.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130125/LA48519)

The Car: Model Year 2014 Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Racecar

The Engine:  A production-based racing version of the same 2.2-liter
SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel engine that will be available in the second half of
2013 for retail sale. The race engine includes over 250 stock components. The
block and head are Mazda production parts, identical to that used in their
production cars. 

The Teams/Drivers:

     SpeedSource: Jonathan Bomarito, Marino Franchitti, James Hinchcliffe, Tom
#70  Long and Sylvain Tremblay.  The two-time GT class winning team (2008 and
     2010) will be seeking their third set of Rolex watches.
     VISIT FLORIDA Racing/SpeedSource/Yellow Dragon: Joel Miller, Tristan
     Nunez, Spencer Pigot, Yojiro Terada, and Tristan Vautier. Terada is the
#00  veteran Mazda racer who has competed in more than two dozen 24 Hours of
     Le Mans races, and scored class wins with Mazda at Daytona in 1979, 1982,
     and 1985. The others are all racers who have won recent championships
     within the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Ladder and the Mazda Road to Indy.

 

In addition to the two SpeedSource cars, there is one customer team, Freedom
Autosport with Andrew Carbonell, Tom Long, Rhett O'Doski, and Derek Whitis. 
Freedom Autosport has been a winning team in the Continental Tire Challenge
with Mazda. They are moving up as a complete team.

The Soundbites:

John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations --
"This is an amazing moment in Mazda Motorsports history because we are once
again bringing innovative technology to the race track to demonstrate the
performance, quality, durability and reliability of our brand.  While many
know us as the 'rotary engine' company, and we love that part of our heritage,
to race our latest SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel technology in our newest car, in
the race where we have scored our largest number of wins, is amazing.  To get
to this point, thousands and thousands of hours by engineers within Mazda in
both Japan and the U.S., along with the amazing team at SpeedSource, has
produced what we see as our prime mover for the next decade, SKYACTIV engines
for racing."

Sylvain Tremblay, Owner, SpeedSource Engineering, and two-time Rolex 24 GT
class winner – "I feel fortunate to have been a part in adding a few pages in
the history of Mazda Motorsports. Now I am humbled to be part of a whole new
chapter! New engine, new car, new everything, SKYACTIV is the way forward for
us at the racetrack, like it is for the 2014 Mazda6, better performance and
better fuel economy, what's not to love about that. Very excited and proud of
all the work by Mazda and our team here at SpeedSource in bringing this
fantastic program to fruition."

The Racecar Specs (current as of 1/26/13):

Chassis           SpeedSource Tubular Spaceframe
Engine            MAZDASPEED SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel
Configuration     Inline 4 Cylinder Turbo Diesel
Displacement      2.2L (2191cc)    Bore: 86.0 mm   Stroke: 94.3 mm
Power             400 hp @ 5000 rpm -- GX class target
Torque            445 lb-ft @ 3600 rpm
Fuel System       Common Rail, Direct Injection
Turbochargers     Series Turbocharged
                  Honeywell Turbo Technologies (Garrett) Turbochargers
                  GTR3776R Low Pressure Stage
                  GTR2560R High Pressure Stage
Transmission      EMCO 46P1 Transaxle
Clutch            Quarter Master
Suspension        Double A-Arm Front and Rear
Dampers           Dynamics DSSV
Brakes            Alcon
                  Front: 355mm Disc, Monoblock 4-piston Caliper 
                  Rear: 328mm Disc, 4-piston Caliper
Wheels            BBS 1-piece Aluminum
Tires             Continental Racing Slicks (GRAND-AM Spec Tire)
                  Front: 285/645R18     Rear: 305/645R18
Weight            1111 kg (2450 lb) -- GX class minimum
Weight Bias       50:50
Dimensions        Length: 4935 mm (194.3 inches)
                  Height: 1298 mm (51.1 inches)
                  Width: 1880 mm  (74.0 inches)

 

Mazda History at Daytona (23 class wins):

1  GTU Touring win (1975)
13 GTU wins (1975/79/82/83/84/85/86/87/88/89/90/91/92/93 – TWELVE-IN-A-ROW)
2  GTO wins (1982/1983)
4  Camel Lights wins (1985/1986/1990/1993)
1  SRP win (20001)
2  GT wins (2008 & 2010)

Streaming Video to Complement TV Coverage:
To complement the SPEED TV coverage, Mazda will be providing a 'second screen'
of coverage via streaming video from onboard the Mazda cars as well as some
behind-the-scenes access to the Mazda teams.  Mazda fans can log on at
www.MazdaUSA.com/motorsports at anytime during the race.

SPEED, SPEEDTV.com and the Motor Racing Network will combine to provide 25
hours of flag-to-flag coverage. SPEED's Rolex 24 coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET
on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a 30-minute pre-race show preceding the 3:30 p.m.
waving of the green flag. When SPEED signs off on its opening day coverage at
11 p.m., SPEED.com will stream feeds throughout the night, including a rooftop
camera, in-car cameras and radio calls by the Motor Racing Network. SPEED
returns at 9 a.m. on Sunday, with coverage including a 30-minute post-race
show following the checkered flag at 3:30 p.m.  All 25 hours will be streamed
live at www.grand-am.com and www.MotorRacingNetwork.com

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED

Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America. Thousands
of Mazda powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA
and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world's largest spec class with over
2,500 cars built.  In 2006 Mazda Motorsports established the MAZDASPEED
Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the
ranks.  In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to
Mazda's success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School
and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

MAZDASPEED Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). 
MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing,
parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and
Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed
by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com with press information
at www.mazdausamedia.com. Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook
(Mazdaspeed Motorsports).

SOURCE Mazda Motorsports

Website: http://www.mazdausa.com
Website: http://www.mazdausamedia.com
Contact: Dean Case, Communications Officer, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North
American Operations, +1-310-318-4582, mazdaspeed@MazdaUSA.com
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