The pair of Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-Ps came away from Saturday afternoon’s ultra-competitive qualifying session at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in sixth and eighth position in IMSA’s Prototype class.
In the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P, Jonathan Bomarito, who attended nearby Palma High School in Salinas and is a former driving instructor at Laguna Seca, qualified sixth for Sunday’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix. Underscoring the competitiveness of the Prototype field, the top seven cars set times within one second with Bomarito’s time of 1m16.792s less than a tenth behind the second-placed car. Harry Tincknell will share the Mazda with Bomarito.
“After a challenging first practice session, we worked hard together with the two cars to make progress on the setup. This morning was a great example of how Mazda Team Joest works together, with both cars near the top of the charts,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “Qualifying was tough, certainly, but we are confident in the car and the drivers for tomorrow’s race.”