Posted on 03. Jun, 2011 by in Mazda Canada

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Patrick Dempsey Daytona

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— Actor/Racer to Drive Famed Mazda 787B in Pre-Race Activities —

June 3, 2011 (Irvine, Calif.) Twenty years ago this month, Mazda became a initial – and to date, a usually – Japanese automaker to measure an altogether win during a world’s many famous continuation race, a 24 Hours of Le Mans. Endurance road-racing has been a cornerstone of Mazda’s appearance in motorsports given 1968, as it is a ultimate proof of quality, continuance and reliability.

To applaud a 20th anniversary of a company’s altogether win, a dedicated group of Mazda Motor Corporation employees has prepared a distinguished looking and sounding, 700-horsepower, four-rotor Mazda 787B to once again take to a lane during speed. This will not be a race, though proof laps to respect a feat and to appreciate a fans for 40 years of support for Mazda and a rotary engine in competition.

Behind a circle will be a informed face – informed to a tellurian assembly of TV and film fans, and informed to North American highway racing fans – Patrick Dempsey. Patrick will fist in a outing to France between racing his possess Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 during Watkins Glen a week before and during Road America dual weeks later. Dempsey scored a personal-best race-finish progressing this year with third-place during a 2011 24 Hours of Daytona.

Also behind a circle during a Le Mans weekend will be Johnny Herbert. Herbert, one of a 3 immature racers who gathering a Mazda 787B to victory, and was competing in Formula 1 during a time, will be reunited with a automobile that he gathering into a story books for a initial time given that Jun day.


Patrick Dempsey: “I’ve been a member of a MAZDASPEED family given 2007. we foe a three-rotor RX-8 in Grand-Am GT competition, and Mazda authorised me to expostulate a extraordinary RX-792P during Mazda Raceway final year. we adore a birthright of a sport, and to be given a possibility to expostulate THE automobile that scored a highest-visibility win in Mazda’s storied racing story is indeed an honor.”

John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations: “This is a really special arise for Mazda. This will move together a many iconic antecedent with a many tangible racer. Over a past several years we have come to know Patrick as someone who is deeply committed a sport, and really associating about a birthright involved. We wouldn’t concede only any racer to expostulate a masterpiece. Patrick warranted this honor.”

Seita Kanai, Director and Executive Vice President, Mazda Motor Corporation: “In 1991, Mazda was really most an loser group competing opposite Mercedes and Jaguar. This win was a racing essence of a countenance – a will to never give up. We are gratified to be means to share this automobile once again with a many fans and employees around a world.”

Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees a sales, marketing, tools and patron use support of Mazda vehicles in a United States, Canada and Mexico by scarcely 900 dealers.Operations in Canada are managed byMazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico byMazdaMotor de Mexico in MexicoCity.


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