The longtime Mazda racers at Team Sahlen, presented by honeybeeBase.com, continue to keep the flame of the Mazda rotary engine at the sharp edge of the pack in endurance racing. In 2016 and 2017, the team secured overall victories in both the World Racing League and ChampCar Endurance Series with its Mazda RX7s.
For the 2018 season, the team again would be racing their trio of rotary-powered Mazdas. Team Sahlen competed in three different endurance series – American Endurance Racing, World Racing League and ChampCar Endurance Series. Each series offered a unique set of car specs and competition rules.
At the end of the year, the team was successful in repeating an overall victory for the rotary engine at the fall ChampCar Endurance Series Pittsburgh Grand Prix held at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. This victory was a hard-fought battle, with the team’s Mazda winning by a scant four feet.
For Team Sahlen, winning again with the Mazda Rotary is a challenge they take personally.
“It was amazing to win the seven-hour enduro by just four feet,” said Joe Sahlen. “Everyone knows how great handling all the Mazda Rotaries are. Whether it is our current RX-7s or the RX-8s we raced in the Rolex series, the amazing 50/50 weight balance of the cars make them a dream to drive.”