Mazda Signs on for New Grand-Am Advanced-tech Racing Class
Automaker to Supply Rolex Teams with SKYACTIV-D Diesel Racers
When drivers hit the track for the first event in the 2013 Grand-Am Rolex Series—one of the country’s premier road-racing competitions—it will bring a whole new dimension to the term “dropping the green flag”: That’s because the Rolex folks have announced it’s time to launch a new GX class for racecars featuring advanced green technologies, including an unexpected entry from an expected source. Mazda, well-known for its deep commitment to road racing in this country, recently confirmed it would participate in GX racing with cars featuring specially tuned versions of its new SKYACTIV-D clean-diesel engine (although the exact car model will be announced closer to the start of the new season).
"This opens a new chapter in racing for us," said Jay Amestoy, Vice President of Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "We've won with rotary technology [in the Mazda RX-8], and now we're looking to again put our customers in the winner's circle with what we believe will be the most advanced and cleanest production-based powerplant the sport has ever seen."