The following problem for Mazda Crew Joest comes on the acquainted WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, located simply east of Monterey, California.
Mazda Crew Joest narrowly missed out on their first victory within the IMSA WeatherTech Sports activities Automobile Championship on the earlier spherical at Street America, when the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P of Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito led the Prototype class all through the ultimate hour of the race. Earlier than being slowed by a wheel nut failure throughout a pitstop, the No. 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P of Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez ran strongly within the top-five of the race.
This weekend’s race will mark the primary look for the Mazda RT24-P at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. In 2016, Mazda locked out the entrance row of the Prototype class within the IMSA with Nunez taking pole place earlier than he and Bomarito completed in fourth place.
Nunez and Mazda lately celebrated a victory at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, as he drove the 1992 Mazda RX-792P, pushed by Worth Cobb within the GTP class all through the 1992 IMSA championship, to victory on the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion.
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports
“WeatherTech Raceway is clearly close to and expensive to everybody’s coronary heart right here at Mazda. With our longstanding relationship on the monitor, it will be so becoming to seize one other podium, or higher but, our first victory there. Our Mazda RT24-Ps have been working extraordinarily nicely, Jonathan is the hometown boy, and the monitor has all the time handled Mazdas nicely. The traits of the circuit all the time reward good-handling race automobiles. We plan to present it completely all the things now we have, as all the time, and look to get an ideal outcome for the Mazda household and all of our followers.”
No. 55 Mazda RT24-P
“I completely love racing at Laguna Seca. Getting the chance to race the Mazda 767B on the Reunion a few weeks in the past was an ideal warmup to the excessive stress IMSA weekend and racing the Mazda RT24-P. I really feel very assured coming into this race and we expect an ideal outcome!”
“That is one other new circuit for me this weekend, however I’m spending time on the Multimatic DIL simulator to get myself in control earlier than I arrive on the monitor. Laguna Seca is a really well-known circuit with the most effective identified corners on the earth – that in fact being the Corkscrew. I can’t wait to drive it in actual life. It’s going to be a particular second for me as a result of Laguna was my favourite circuit enjoying video video games once I was seven or eight years previous, so to be heading again however driving the Mazda RT24-P goes to be unimaginable. The monitor ought to go well with the automotive, and with cooler temperatures than earlier races, I’m hopeful of a powerful end!”
No. 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P
“It’s all the time thrilling to come back and race at Laguna Seca. This monitor has all the time had a particular place in my coronary heart. It was the place I acquired my first-ever victory in a race automotive, the place I acquired my first skilled pole again in 2016 and I’ve a great feeling it’s the place I’ll get my first Prototype win. Having pushed the grandfather prototype to our Mazda RT24-P a few weeks in the past on the Monterey Reunion – the Mazda RX-792P – I’m much more desperate to get again at it with the present beast.”
“The previous couple of races have been fairly robust and I don’t really feel now we have achieved the outcomes we deserve, however I’m heading to Laguna filled with optimism as itis a monitor I really feel ought to go well with our Mazda RT24-P. Having examined at Laguna earlier within the 12 months, it is likely one of the few tracks I’ll have pushed earlier than arriving on the race weekend – which is an enormous optimistic. This 12 months has handed extremely rapidly and with solely two races remaining, I do know the entire group can be centered to attain that elusive victory.”