After its best finish of the season at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on the Streets of Long Beach, Mazda Team Joest is looking to build upon that momentum at this weekend’s IMSA Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
The 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio circuit is a special venue for North American sports car fans as well as for fans of Mazda. It was at Mid-Ohio in 2005 that Mazda scored its first class victory in the American Le Mans Series, when Jamie Bach and Guy Cosmo, both graduates of the Pro Mazda series, drove a Mazda powered Courage C65 to the LMP2 class victory. In 2010, Mazda captured its first American Le Mans Series victory when Chris Dyson and Guy Smith scored a narrow victory in Dyson Racing’s Mazda-powered Lola B09/86.
As the fourth round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, this weekend’s IMSA Sports Car Challenge is another opportunity for Mazda Team Joest to continue to build upon its forward progress. The previous round on the Streets of Long Beach saw the team record a best finish of the season as Tristan Nunez and Oliver Jarvis drove the No. 77 Castrol / Modspace Mazda RT24-P to a fourth-place finish. At Sebring, the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P driven by Jonathan Bomarito, Spencer Pigot and Harry Tincknell contended for victory until the final hour of the race, while Jarvis set the fastest lap of the race.
At Mid-Ohio, Pigot will substitute for Tincknell who will be competing in the first round of the World Endurance Championship. Brought in to compete with Mazda’s prototype program in the endurance races since 2016, Mid-Ohio will be Pigot’s first IMSA sprint race.