MAZDA SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL MAKES IT A HAT-TRICK
-- Mid-Ohio Win is Third Grand-Am GX Class Victory for New Mazda6 --
IRVINE, Calif., June 17, 2013
IRVINE, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- First came Road Atlanta, then
Detroit, now Mid-Ohio. The difference this time was that it was the team
owner's car taking the checkered flag with Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long
scoring the win. Long had won the pole position and the team led the bulk of
the race. Similar to the races in Georgia and Michigan, it was a three-way
battle for most of the race with a Porsche Cayman splitting the two Mazdas.
Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez in the #00 VISITFLORIDA RACING Mazda6 scored
third-place points after an oil leak took them off-track late in the race.
The all-new SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel engine in the all-new Mazda6 is a true
production based engine. The engine is 51% stock by parts count, and 63%
stock by weight. Mazda chose this path as it is the most honest way to
demonstrate the quality, durability, and reliability of Mazda cars.
After six races Mazda is now just four points behind Porsche for the Grand-Am
GX Manufacturers Championship. The two SpeedSource cars are second and third
in team points, while Joel Miller is second among drivers, 14 points behind
There are six races remaining to determine the champions, including Mazda's
'home race', September 7-8 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The next race is the
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on June 30^th at Watkins Glen.
John M. Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations:
For those who know racing, scoring a win in the first year of a program is
never an easy task. To take three in a row, this early in the development, is
very special. We've still got a long way to go with the Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D
Clean Diesel program, but it's wonderful to see Sylvain and Tom score their
first win with the car. This was once again a team effort with a great
strategy call early in the race to maximize the Mazda6 and SKYACTIV fuel
efficiency and the race's pit window. We had fantastic pit work during the
second round of pit stops, gaining valuable time. The Mazda6 loves a circuit
like Mid-Ohio…flowing corners that require a very balanced platform…a long
braking zone at the end of the backstraight … just a great day for the
program to get three wins in a row…and a great lead up to the Sahlen's 6 Hour
at the Glen."
Sylvain Tremblay, Owner, SpeedSource Engineering and co-driver, #70 SKYACTIV-D
Clean Diesel Mazda6: "This was a great day for the entire team, and very
special for me as a driver to get my first diesel-powered win. We fought a
lot of little issues but never gave up. This win satisfies me as a driver,
but wearing my team-owner hat, all three wins have been equal as everyone at
SpeedSource and Mazda works flat out to make sure everything we build is fast
and reliable. We are excited about the Glen and the entire second half of the
Tom Long, co-driver, #70 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Mazda6: "We knew this day
was coming, it was just a matter of time. We've had the speed for several
races now, but missed the win due to minor issues. This is what I hope to be
the first of many wins. Jim Norman, BGB Motorsports, and Porsche have the
points lead, but we are coming for them. I can't wait for Watkins Glen."
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.
Mazda 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
Contact: Dean Case, Communications Officer, MAZDASPEED Motorsports, (310)
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