The drivers of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship have a short turnaround from racing at one of North America’s most daunting circuits to another. One week after racing at Watkins Glen International, the Mazda Team Joest drivers will compete this weekend at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park outside of Toronto.
Separated by a few hundred miles, the two circuits share similar high-speed, high-risk characteristics. The first two corners of the 2.2-mile CTMP circuit are among the most challenging in North America – high-speed, downhill and blind that will test not only the talent and commitment of drivers Jonathan Bomarito, Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Harry Tincknell but also the aerodynamics and mechanical grip of the Mazda RT24-P.
With last week’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen providing its share of challenges for Mazda Team Joest, including a complete rebuild for the No. 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P before the race after an incident in practice, a 10th-place finish for the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P provides the team something to build off for this weekend. That’s not a satisfactory finish for the members of Mazda Team Joest, but in a race where the team’s strategy was compromised by an ill-timed full-course caution as well as a penalty, it provides optimism as the team hits the track for this morning’s first practice session.