Mazda Bringing Game-Changing SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel Technology to TUDOR
United SportsCar Championship for 2014
Mazda Motorsports Announces Return to Elite Racing Prototype Program
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At Mazda, "Never Stop
Challenging" isn't just a catchphrase, it's a company maxim. After nearly
two years of planning, Mazda Motorsports will field a pair of factory-backed
SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel-powered racecars in the top Prototype Class for the
2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (USCC), beginning with the Rolex 24
at Daytona on January 25-26, 2014. This is a major step up for Mazda, having
won the 2013 Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship. Mazda will be
challenging for overall race wins against the toughest sports car competitors
in North America.
"This is the most significant step Mazda has taken towards returning to the
global racing stage since our overall victory at Le Mans in 1991," said John
Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports. "And thanks to our SKYACTIV-D Mazda6
racecars winning nine of 12 Rolex GRAND-AM GX races and the GRAND-AM GX
Manufacturers Championship this year, we're confident that our two prototype
cars will challenge the best North America has to offer."
Long-time racing partner SpeedSource Race Engineering, the team that oversaw
Mazda's GX-class championship in 2013, will carry responsibility to develop
and run the cars on track. Additionally, Mazda also is in discussions with
customer teams interested in the prototype class, as well as teams interested
in developing the championship winning Mazda6 into a GT Daytona class car.
Sylvain Tremblay, Owner, SpeedSource Engineering noted; "As a racer, you
always want to be in the fastest class. The development of the Mazda
SKYACTIV-D was a great deal of work by Mazda and SpeedSource and it will be
quite the task to take this to the front of the prototype class in only our
second year of competition. Mazda and SpeedSource will have a busy November
and December of testing as we prepare for Daytona."
As part of its challenger frame of mind, Mazda is the only OEM racing with a
diesel engine. The SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel race engine is a true
production-based engine and a carry-over from the development work done with
the Mazda6 GX-class racing cars. The engine is 51 percent stock by parts
count, and 63 percent stock by weight. Mazda chose this path as it is the
most honest way to demonstrate the performance, quality, durability, and
reliability of Mazda powerplants.
Driver line-ups and team partners will be announced at a later date. The cars
will make their first public appearance at the "Roar Before the 24" test at
Daytona, January 3-5, 2014.
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 byMazdaMotor
de Mexico in MexicoCity.
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
SOURCE Mazda North American Operations
Contact: Dean Case, Communications Officer, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North
American Operations, (310) 318-4582, mazdaspeed@MazdaUSA.com
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