Mazda Team Joest broke through to record its best result of the season on Sunday afternoon at the IMSA Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The historic finish was the first IMSA podium for Mazda Team Joest, the fifth for Mazda in IMSA’s Prototype class, fourth for Nunez and first for Jarvis who was also making his first start at Mid-Ohio.
Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez led the charge for Mazda by finishing in third position in the No. 77 Castrol/Modspace Mazda RT24-P. The pair of Mazda RT24-Ps had shown their potential in qualifying and that speed carried over to the start of Sunday’s two hour and forty-minute race. From the drop of the green flag the No. 77 Castrol/Modspace Mazda RT24-P, started by Jarvis, and the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P started by Jonathan Bomarito, battled at the head of the field. Heavy lapped traffic played a factor nearly immediately, with lapped cars allowing Bomarito and Jarvis to make up ground but at times, but more frequently, lose time to their competitors.