Despite setbacks, team sets fast lap of the race and finishes sixth
Making it to the finish of the 12 Hours of Sebring is one of the biggest challenges in sports car racing, and despite both of its cars encountering major setbacks during the race, the cars of Mazda Team Joest made it to the finish in Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring.
The first challenge for the drivers of Mazda Team Joest came in the form of the weather, as a heavy rain passed through Sebring International Raceway during the first part of the day, causing the race to start under a full course caution.
When the race finally got underway, Tristan Nunez, who had qualified the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P in second position, stormed to the lead with a bold pass on the outside of Sebring’s turn one. However, the challenge by the No. 77 came to an end when an electrical problem caused the car to stop on course in the second hour of the race. The car ultimately returned to the race and was classified in 11th position at the finish, but Nunez set the third-fastest lap of the race before the checkered fell.
The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P of Jonathan Bomarito, Olivier Pla and Harry Tincknell went down one lap in the early stages of the race but mounted a charge through the field to make up the lap and then lead the race. Just before the halfway mark, Bomarito had an incident which forced him to bring the car for an unscheduled stop for repairs.