Mazda RT24-Ps finish second and third and record race fastest lap
Mazda Team Joest earned its first two podiums of the season on Sunday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, when the Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-Ps finished a fighting second and third in the Sports Car Challenge.
The fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship saw the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P start the race from pole position thanks to the record-setting qualifying effort of Oliver Jarvis, with Ryan Hunter-Reay starting in sixth position in the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P.
Jarvis battled for the lead during the opening stint, trading the lead several times while Hunter-Reay recovered from contact on the opening lap to move up to third position. Jarvis, back in the lead, turned his Mazda over to Tristan Nunez for the closing stages of the race.
Nunez joined the race in second position and battled for the lead while Hunter-Reay, in third position, turned his Mazda over to Jonathan Bomarito.
A late-race yellow flag bunched the field, but did not change the order and Nunez crossed the finish line in second position — just 2.022 seconds behind the winner — while Bomarito crossed in third.
Jarvis recorded the fastest lap of the race, setting a lap of 1m12.410s around the 2.4-mile Mid-Ohio circuit. As both Jarvis and Hunter-Reay led the race during Sunday’s Sports Car Challenge, Mazda has led at each race throughout the 2019 season; earned two pole positions; and started on the front row in three of the four races.
Jarvis has also set lap records in qualifying at Daytona International Speedway and Mid-Ohio.
The next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be May 31-June 1 at The Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.