Posted on 24. Jan, 2012 by in Mazda Canada

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The No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 has won a GT category during a Rolex 24 Hours dual of a past 4 years.

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Seeking 24th category win in Rolex 24 during Daytona

January 24, 2012 (IRVINE, Calif.)  While a continue might be cold in many tools of a country, Mazda teams are warming adult in balmy Florida. Multiple motorsports season-openers will be holding place during Daytona Beach, Sebring, and St. Petersburg, Florida starting this weekend and using by late March. 



  • The 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will flog off with a 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 during Daytona this weekend. Mazda will be seeking their 24th category win given 1975.
  • The #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 is anticipating that a contingency are ‘even’ this year, carrying won a GT category in both 2008 and 2010. Drivers Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito will be assimilated by Mazda alums James Hinchcliffe and Marino Franchitti.
  • Dempsey Racing has a span of Mazda RX-8s and is anticipating to urge on their third-place finish in 2011.
  • Team Sahlen’s has 3 of their fan-favorite red, yellow, and black RX-8s entered and are seeking to step adult their opening into a winner’s circle.
  • Joining a rotary brigade for Daytona is one of a many famous families in all of motorsport – Andretti. John Andretti perceived an invitation to attend a 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona by trait of being a former leader of a event. John will group adult with his 19-year-old son, Jarett. They will share a No. 36 Yellow Dragon Motorsports Mazda RX-8 with Star Mazda Championship alums Taylor Hacquard and Anders Krohn.

From a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge:

  • Mazda will be seeking to urge their 2011 Continental Tire Challenge Street Tuner (ST) Manufacturers Championship as a 2012 deteriorate opens on Friday during Daytona.
  • Both Freedom AutoSport and i-Moto will be behind with three-car teams. It was their total efforts that delivered a 2011 championship. Freedom will be racing Mazda MX-5s (No. 25, 26, 27) while i-Moto will have a swift of MAZDASPEED3s (No. 30, 31, 32).
  • CJ Wilson Racing will be fasten a array with a two-car effort. No. 03 will be a MAZDASPEED3 with No. 04 a Mazda MX-5. Both cars will underline new selling partners, ModSpace, Construct Corps and Forza 4/Xbox.
  • Also racing during Daytona with Mazda will be single-car teams from Nixon Motorsport (No. 44 MAZDASPEED3), Riley Racing (No. 66 Mazda RX-8), and Pirate Motorsports (No. 69 Mazda RX-8)

From ALMS:

  • The Dyson Mazda group will be kicking off their ALMS LMP1 pretension invulnerability during Sebring on Mar 17th.

From a SCCA Pro-Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup:

The 2012 Mazda MX-5 Cup report stretches over 11-races widespread opposite 8 foe weekends of high-profile events ancillary a American Le Mans Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and Grand-Am Rolex Series. MX-5 Cup also will run during a renouned Coronado Festival of Speed during Naval Base Coronado during Fleet Week San Diego 2012.

  • Mar 14-16, Sebring International Raceway, with American Le Mans Series Series (doubleheader )
  • May 10-12, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with American Le Mans Series Series (doubleheader)
  • Jun 8-10, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with Grand-Am
  • Jun 22-23, Road America, with NASCAR Nationwide Series and Grand-Am
  • Jul 20-22, Mosport International Raceway, with American Le Mans Series
  • Sep 14-15, Virginia International Raceway, with American Le Mans Series
  • Sep 21-23, Naval Base Coronado, with Coronado Festival of Speed Historic Races
  • Oct 17-19 Road Atlanta, with American Le Mans Series (doubleheader)

From a Skip Barber Racing School:

  • Registration recently non-stop for a initial Skip Barber Racing School MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge category in a 2012 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Series. This new category provides another step in a MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder for racers aiming to foe professionally in sports cars. The leader of a Skip Barber Racing School MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge category will accept appropriation to competition in a full 2013 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Series.
  • Additional information on a Skip Barber Racing School can be found during

From a Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear:

  • 2011 USF2000 Champion Petri Suvanto graduates to 2012 Star Mazda foe with a grant package from a Mazda Road to Indy. He will join Team Pelfrey, winners of a 2011 Star Mazda Team Championship title.
  • The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear announced that a 2012 deteriorate culmination will be hold during Road Atlanta during a 15th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda, Oct 17 – 20.
  • Juncos Racing and general multi-media association Auto a Fondo Media have shaped a extensive partnership going into a 2012 racing season.
  • Chicago-based Team Stange Racing, Inc. has announced their 2012 plans. The multi-car group group has sealed Brazilian Lazaro Selegar to competition a whole deteriorate while Brandon Reed from Elkhart, Indiana will run a prejudiced season.
  • Andretti Autosport motorist Zach Veach won a Formula Car Challenge Presented by Goodyear Winter Series Championship. Veach is competing in a FCC as a contrast height during a off-season as he prepares to competition in a 2012 Star Mazda Championship.
  • For additional information greatfully revisit

From a Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda:

  • The 2012 USF2000 report includes 14 high-profile races in support of INDYCAR and a American Le Mans Series with a recently announced deteriorate culmination holding place during Virginia International Raceway on Sep 14-15.
  • A clever margin is already in place for this year’s championship with 20 drivers reliable and additional announcements expected.
  • MAZDASPEED Development Driver Spencer Pigot, who finished second in a 2011 pretension chase, has sealed to expostulate for Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing and announced a new partnership with E-merging Technologies Group.
  • Shelby Blackstock, son of nation song star Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock, will make his USF2000 entrance with Andretti Autosport.
  • Additional motorist announcements embody Team USA Scholarship leader Neil Alberico during JDC Motorsports, Canadian karting stand-out Dalton Kellett during Pabst Racing Services and Skip Barber connoisseur Luigi Biangardi during ArmsUp Motorsports.
  • With a array expanding to embody SCCA Enterprises’ Formula Enterprises (FE) entries in a National Class, 3 new teams have already been combined to a 2012 register – Comprent Motor Sports, PRL Motorsports and Robinson Motor Sports.
  • Zach Veach, voted 2011 “Favorite USF2000 Driver of a Year” by INDYCAR Nation fan bar members, graduates to a Star Mazda Championship with Andretti Autosport, teaming with 2010 USF2000 champion Sage Karam.
  • Seventeen drivers are reliable during benefaction for a USF2000 pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest. The six-race mini-series will take place during Sebring International Raceway on Feb 6-7 and Palm Beach International Raceway on Feb 11-12.
  • Additional information on a array can be found during

From Formula D:

  • The 2012 Formula D deteriorate will flog off in a streets of Long Beach on Apr 6-7. Team Bergenholtz and Kyle Mohan Racing will once again plea in their RX-8s.

Fom Pirelli World Challenge:

  • The 2012 Pirelli World Challenge will kick-off Mar 23 in a streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Several Mazda teams are scheming to competition in a Touring Car class. The new “B-Spec” class, that will underline a Mazda2, will entrance after in a season.

From Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:

  • The 2012 deteriorate during Mazda Raceway will be different and universe category with 5 good events planned.
    • American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron (May 11-12)
    • Ferrari Racing Days (May 18-20)
    • Red Bull United States Grand Prix featuring a MotoGP World Championship (July 27-29)
    • Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 17-19)
    • Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, Powered by Mazda (September 7-9)
  • Additional information can be found during



Mazda is a number-one code for road-racers opposite North America.  Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers competition in several classes with a SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, a world’s largest spec category with over 2,500 cars built.  In 2006 Mazda determined a MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to support racers in relocating adult by a ranks.  In 2010 this was stretched to embody a Mazda Road to Indy.  Key to Mazda’s success is vital partnerships with a Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

MAZDASPEED Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  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 by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

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