SpeedSource Mazda team owner/driver Sylvain Tremblay is confident his program can win in 2016.
After three combined seasons of development with Mazda’s SkyActiv diesel engines in Grand-Am’s GTX and IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Florida-based outfit is preparing to unleash a new four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline motor on the Prototype field.
Speaking with RACER during the recent IMSA test at Daytona International Speedway, Tremblay believes big things are in store for the team’s P2 program going forward.
“Very optimistic,” he said. “We’ve got almost 3700 miles of testing that we’ve done with this package since last June. At the sprint races, I expect fully to win some races next year. We’re not coming to the track to just mess around. We’re here to win races.
“[For] the endurance races, our package needs to be developed. Obviously some of the more established programs have had the same equipment year in and year out – (they) are always going to be a factor at Daytona and Sebring. The sprint races (for Mazda) will definitely be part of the story for sure.”
SpeedSource was responsible for building and developing the SkyActiv diesel engines, and says the lessons taken from 2013-2015 will benefit Mazda’s production diesels as the team embarks on racing with a gas turbo engine for the first time.
“Obviously the diesel was a fantastic program for us, it was really an R&D exercise. We learned so much it’s going to help make Mazda road cars better,” he said.
“What he have (for 2016) is a direct-injected, four-cylinder, turbocharged, two-liter engine in the Mazda product plan. A lot of those engines are coming on board. The sound is definitely wonderful. It’s a high-revving engine; it’s close to our hearts to hear. It’s woken up our car. It’s transformed the way we drive the car.”