Mazda scored its ninth GX win of the final Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season with its Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel racer at Lime Rock Park as the season came to a close. The win, scored by the No.70 Castrol Edge SpeedSource Mazda6 driven by Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long, gave Mazda the manufacturers title to add to the North American Endurance Championship that it had already notched.
In addition, Joel Miller, driver of the No. 00 VISITFLORIDA.com Mazda6, was named the Grand-Am Rookie of the Year. Miller, usually paired with Tristan Nunez, won five races in the No. 00 while the No. 70 scored the remaining four.
In all, it capped a stellar season for Mazda that featured the Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel becoming the first diesel to win in Grand-Am competition and the first diesel to notch a victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“This year has been nothing short of amazing,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations. “To start an all-new program during the final year of Grand-Am competition was an enormous task. We succeeded thanks to incredible efforts by everyone at Mazda and SpeedSource and our great partners at Castrol and VISITFLORIDA.com. Everyone from drivers Sylvain Tremblay, Tom Long, Joel Miller, Tristan Nunez, Andrew Carbonell and Yojiro Terada to the engineering and office staff made sure we had 100 percent all year long. We’re thrilled to be making history by winning the GX manufacturers championship with a production-based Mazda SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel. This is an achievement that we share with all of our Mazda dealers and our fans.”