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This past opportunity I traveled to Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California to participate in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill. To the unfamiliar the 25 hours of Thunderhill is America’s longest endurance sports car race and its become an end of the year tradition for many racers. The race regularly attracts racers from across the country and beyond. This years event had 55 vehicles entered ranging from Mazda Miata’s to factory supported cars like the Acura ILX to sports races like the Radical SR3.
I was invited to race with Mazda who brought a trio of diesel powered Mazda6s that were purposely built just for this race. Since the Mazda6 is not available with a diesel in the United States, Mazda started with three Russian Spec cars and built them up from there. Two of the cars were driven by Mazda dealers with the third driven by a foursome from Mazda North America.
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Mazda has announced that the all new 2016 Mazda Miata will be revealed on September 3rd and that instead of an “evolution” the car will be a “revolution.” An article at YahooAutos suggests that the new car may indeed be turbocharged. They suggest that a turbo whoosh can be heard in the video and that test mule citings confirmed turbo noise. We of course cannot confirm the turbo engine, but regardless we can’t wait for the reveal in just a couple month’s time.
You can view the official Mazda teaser video below.
If you’re not familiar, we built a Mazda2 B-Spec race car a year or so ago for a good customer to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge Series as well as other races. This week the team kicked off the first race weekend of the season at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Our own Michael Ashby, Service Manager at Morrie’s Luxury Auto, is trading off behind the wheel and they first hit the track yesterday. This morning the first race kicked off and Michael Ashby brought home a strong 4th place finish in class. Results aren’t in for the second race of the day, but rest assured we’ll let you know soon.
Enjoy a few day one pictures and be sure to check back for day two pictures, an overview of the Bentley GT3 effort taking to the track there, as well as a more comprehensive race recap.