-- Visit Florida Racing Mazda6 Takes Grand-Am GX Win At Road Atlanta --

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., April 22, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In only its fourth race, the
all-new Mazda6, powered by a production-based SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel engine,
scored a win in the Rolex Grand-Am GX race at Road Atlanta. Joel Miller and
Andrew Carbonell drove the #00 Visit Florida Racing Mazda6 to the win, with
team-mates Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long finishing third in the similar #70
SpeedSource Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D. It was a three-way battle for most of the race
with a Porsche Cayman splitting the two Mazdas.


This win represented a day of firsts for Grand-Am competition and for Mazda
Motorsports. This is the first-ever win for a diesel-powered car in Grand-Am
competition. It also marked the first win for the all-new Mazda6 in any race
series. It was the first Grand-Am race win for drivers Joel Miller and Andrew
Carbonell. Miller is a former Mazda Motorsports Scholarship winner, having
won the Skip Barber National Championship in 2007. Carbonell has been racing
Mazdas with Freedom Autosport for many years, and was part of the team that
delivered the 2011 Continental Tire ST Manufacturers Championship to Mazda.
Carbonell was substituting for Miller's usual teammate, Tristan Nunez, who had
a schedule conflict with another race in Long Beach.


John M. Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations:
"In 1991, we were the first Asian company to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and
today's GX-class win with the Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D clean diesel proves that Mazda
is not afraid to face a challenge. This is the first of what we hope will be
many victories, but the best part of it is how well our road-car engineers
from Mazda Motor Corporation worked with the racecar engineers from
SpeedSource. We've always said that the best street cars make the best
racecars, and, with more than half of the components in the race engine being
shared with the street engine, this program is a solid proof-point, as well as
proof of the quality, durability and reliability of all Mazdas.Racing is a
true team sport, and we would not have been able to achieve today's victory
without the support of everyone at Mazda R&D, SpeedSource and our fantastic
partners at Castrol and VISIT FLORIDA. This one's for everyone who touched
the program in some way."

Sylvain Tremblay, Owner, SpeedSource Engineering: "While Joel and Andrew
sprayed the champagne, this win truly defined the expression, 'team
work.'The victory is shared with everyone at SpeedSource, Mazda North
American Operations and Mazda Motor Corporation, and is a tribute to the
thousands of hours of hard work over many months. After that rough debut at
Daytona, everyone stepped up to make sure we had a fast, reliable car as soon
as was humanly possible. The normal plan with a new car is to spend the first
year in development, the second year seeking race wins, and challenging for a
championship in year three. We are already at our year-two status after four
races. We can't wait to get to the Belle Isle course in Detroit for round

Joel Miller, co-driver, #00 VISIT FLORIDA RACING Mazda6: "The new Mazda6
prepared by SpeedSource ran perfectly. The torque of the SKYACTIV-D pulled up
the elevation changes around Road Atlanta circuit strongly and the Mazda6
handled beautifully. During the course of the race we attacked when needed
and paced ourselves when required. Theevent had only one caution during the
two-hour and 45 minutes race, thus there was hardly any time to relax. The
SpeedSource crew was in constant communication with myself and co-driver
Andrew Carbonell as we worked through traffic. Bringing home the victory for
the SpeedSourcecrew who worked so hard on this program brings great joy and I
cannot wait to continue the program. Over the past eight years Mazda has
taken me from karting through their ladder program. I'm proud to be racing
the Mazda6 and to be a part of Mazda history in gaining the first SKYACTIV
Technology victory."

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED
Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both
club racers and professionals. 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
byMazdaMotor de Mexico in MexicoCity.

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

SOURCE Mazda North American Operations

Contact: Dean Case, Communications Officer, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North
American Operations, (310) 318-4582,
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