Mazda Scores IMSA Hat Trick

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For a third straight race, a Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-P was driven into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar victory lane as Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell scored victory at the IMSA Road Race Showcase at Road America.
The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P scored its second victory of the season after winning at the Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The Glen in June. One week later, the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P driven by Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez was the winner at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The victory at Road America also unofficially moved Bomarito to third position in the championship standings in the Daytona Prototype international class, and Jarvis and Nunez to fourth.
After qualifying in third and fourth place, Jarvis and Bomarito maintained their positions behind the first and second placed cars throughout the opening stint before swapping positions before the first pit stops. In the middle stages of the race, the two Mazda advanced to second and third positions. Tincknell, who took over from Bomarito after the No. 55’s second stint, executed a daring pass for the lead of the race on the outside of Road America’s turn one on the 37th lap of the race which would prove to be the race-winning move.
In the closing laps of the race, Tincknell withstood pressure from the second-placed car and the No.77 Mazda RT24-P to take the victory by a narrow 0.227-second, with Jarvis in third. The No. 55 Mazda RT24-P led a total of 44 laps of the race. Jarvis set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:51.133 (131.128 MPH), a new race lap record for the DPi class. The race unoffically set a new distance record for an IMSA race at Road America by seven laps, completing 83 laps (335.98 miles) in two hours, forty one minutes and 43.1 seconds.
The next round of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship will be at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on September 13-15.
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