Mazda Team Joest leaves Detroit with a ninth-place result
A challenging weekend ended with a challenging result for Mazda Team Joest at the Sports Car Classic held on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.
The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P, qualified in third position by Jonathan Bomarito, jumped into second position at the start and was locked into a battle for second position throughout the opening segment of the race. After the car was taken over by Harry Tincknell, who was in fifth position as alternate pit stop strategies played out, it was involved in an incident where Tincknell was hit by a car attempting an overtaking maneuver, sending him into the tire wall in turn four. The damage from the incident forced him to retire the car from the race.
Starting in seventh position, the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P driven first by Tristan Nunez employed an alternate pit strategy to gain track position on the difficult-to-pass Belle Isle circuit. Staying out when the rest of the field pitted, Nunez and Jarvis were attempting to complete the race on one stop. After running as high as first place, a caution flag negated their advantage and, on the restart, Jarvis was hit into a spin by another car. He finished the race in ninth position.