Mazda SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Turbo Mazda6 Wins GRAND-AM GX Manufacturers’ Title
Mazda closed out the inaugural season of the GX class, during the final year of the Rolex Sports Car Series GRAND-AM championship, with another race win and another championship title.\
The #70 SpeedSource Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel scored the final GX race win at Lime Rock Park (Connecticut), delivering Mazda more hardware for the trophy case, including the coveted manufacturers’ crown.
In twelve races, the SpeedSource Mazda team scored five wins for the #00 VISIT FLORIDA Mazda6 and four wins for the #70 SpeedSource Mazda6.
There were many highlights throughout the season:
- First diesel to compete in GRAND-AM competition
- First diesel to win in GRAND-AM competition
- First diesel ever to win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Winner – North American Endurance Championship (GX Class)
- Winner – GRAND-AM Manufacturers’ Championship (GX Class)
Joel Miller scored the most GX race wins (5) while Tom Long scored the most GX pole positions (7).
Mazda drivers Joel Miller, Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long came equal second in the championship on points while Miller was recognised as the 2013 GRAND-AM Rookie-of-the-Year.
Quotes from John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations:
“This year has been nothing short of amazing. 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. 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% 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.”