– Indycar Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner joins Jonathan Bomarito in debut race for Mazda –
Mazda Crew Joest will welcome considered one of America’s prime IndyCar drivers to the workforce as Ryan Hunter-Reay will compete for Mazda on the Sports activities Automobile Problem at Mid-Ohio, on the Three-Fifth Could, at Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course.Hunter-Reay, the 2012 NTT IndyCar Sequence champion and 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner, will accomplice with Jonathan Bomarito within the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P. Bomarito’s common teammate, Harry Tincknell, will return for the remainder of the season on the Detroit Grand Prix.
The earlier race, the Grand Prix of Lengthy Seaside, noticed a powerful run for the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P of Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez. Each Nunez and Jarvis led the race earlier than ending in fourth place. The 2018 model of the Sports activities Automobile Problem at Mid-Ohio noticed Mazda Crew Joest file its first podium, with Jarvis and Nunez ending in third place. Mid-Ohio was additionally the circuit the place Mazda scored its first American Le Mans Sequence class victory in 2005 within the LMP2 class, and the place in 2010 it scored its first general victory.
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports
“Mid-Ohio has been a particular place through the years for Mazda. Many Mazdas have visited the highest step of the rostrum there, however a few our Mid-Ohio success tales are further particular. In Could 2005 we scored our very first American Le Mans Sequence class win there after which in August 2010 we scored our first general American Le Mans Sequence win there. We wish nothing extra than to make this go to to Mid-Ohio one other ‘first’ by placing the RT24-Ps on the rostrum and in victory lane. Each automobiles had been fast at Mid-Ohio final 12 months and we now have been aggressive in each session of 2019. We’re consistently in pursuit of our first – hopefully of many – DPi victories and I certain hope it comes subsequent weekend.
“We’re happy to have Ryan Hunter-Reay be part of us within the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P automotive. This would be the first time a former Indy 500 Champion has been aboard a Mazda on the prime stage and primarily based on his expertise at Mid-Ohio, his expertise working with Multimatic beforehand, and the chance he and Jonathan needed to drive collectively a couple of years again made him a pure match.”
No. 55 Mazda
“I’m actually trying ahead to Mid-Ohio. Our No. 55 Mazda RT24-P was very fast final 12 months, and we once more have the prospect for an important consequence. Mid-Ohio is a tricky course on its personal, and if you add two lessons of GT automobiles to share the monitor with, issues get attention-grabbing actually rapidly to say the least. I’m certain the followers can have an important race to look at. I’m additionally trying ahead to sharing the automotive with Ryan. He’s at all times quick at Mid-Ohio and he can be an important fill in for Harry whereas he’s at Spa.”
“Mazda has actually put lots into their program, and Mazda Crew Joest have taken an enormous step up this season. The automotive is clearly very quick and I’m excited to race it at Mid-Ohio. Jonathan is an effective pal and we’ve been teammates up to now, so it is going to be nice to share the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P with him and combat for a win. I’ve pushed race wining Daytona Prototypes in IMSA for a very long time, the Prototype area is as sturdy and deep because it has ever been, and I’m thrilled to be part of it once more this season.”
No. 77 Mazda RT24-P
“After main the race and ending in a sturdy fourth place end in Lengthy Seaside, I’m excited to return to Mid Ohio the place we scored our first podium final 12 months. It’s a unbelievable old-school monitor the place a driver can actually make a distinction. I keep in mind getting out the automotive final 12 months after qualifying with an enormous smile on my face! This 12 months we hope to go even higher and can be going all out for the win.“
“I’m excited to get again to Mid-Ohio! We must always do very effectively there – we had nice tempo there final 12 months, and I believe this 12 months with the Michelin tires we ought to be in superb form. And since we’re coming off of a aggressive run at Lengthy Seaside, I’m much more keen to get the race weekend underway.”