Mazda Team Joest recorded its best qualifying performance to date with third and fourth places for its RT24-P DPi entries at Mid-Ohio, and with one of its key team members absent from the event due to illness, the group gathered Saturday night to send a message to Stefan “Grimmi” Grimm.
The German crew chief, whose tenure with the Joest program dates back to the 2000s, was celebrated with a banner created by Mazda’s Drew Bergwall. Brought together in the team’s hospitality unit overlooking Turn 11, Grimmi was on their minds as the two-car outfit goes for victory on IMSA’s debut at Mid-Ohio with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“He chose a bad race to be sick, but he should be OK for the next race [at Detroit],” Mazda Team Joest technical director Ralf Juttner told RACER. “Without Grimmi, we do our best in qualifying, so we will have a think about this…” he said with a laugh.
Mazda Motorsports director John Doonan added: “Grimmi’s a new member of the Mazda family, and it doesn’t feel right being here without him. I hope he sees all the support from the rest of his family and he’s back with us ASAP.”