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MAZDA HISTORY @ AMERICA'S ENDURANCE CLASSICS

Feb 4, 2008

Races: Rolex 24 at Daytona & Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Years: 35 - January 1, 1973 - January 27, 2008
Wins: 34 (and counting)

In the 1973 12 Hours of Sebring, Ray Walle, a New Jersey Mazda dealer, and Richard Schuck drove a Mazda RX-2 to 2nd place in the IMSA Touring 2500 class, and 26th overall, having started 61st on the grid. Walle, teaming with Tom Reddy scored the first class win at Daytona for Mazda in 1975 and further demonstrated the endurance of the engine as he drove the race car from New Jersey to the track, and home again after the race!

Over the next three decades many things have changed in American motorsports, but just as it comes back to Zoom-Zoom for every Mazda, it also comes back to Florida at the beginning of each year for road racing fans. Mazda is pleased to be competing in both the 2008 Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 56th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

22 Mazda powered class wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona

1975

Ray Walle, Tom Reddy

RX-3

1st in GTU Touring (14th overall)

1979

Yoshimi Katayama, Yojiro Terada, Takashi Yorino

RX-7

1st in GTU (5th overall)

1982

Yoshimi Katayama, Yojiro Terada, Takashi Yorino

RX-7

1st in GTO (4th overall)

1982

Kathy Rude*, Lee Mueller, Allan Moffett
* First ever class win for a woman in IMSA history.

RX-7

1st in GTU (6th overall)

1983

Pete Halsmer, Bob Reed, Rick Knoop, Tom Gloy

RX-7

1st in GTO (3rd overall)

1983

Lee Mueller, Hugh McDonough, Terry Visger

RX-7

1st in GTU (12th overall)

1984

Ira Young, Bob Reed, Jack Baldwin, Jim Cook

RX-7

1st in GTU (12th overall)

1985

Kelly Marsh, Ron Pawley, Don Marsh

Argo-Mazda

1st in Lights (10th overall)

1985

Amos Johnson, Jack Dunham, Yojiro Terada

RX-7

1st in GTU (12th overall)

1986

Frank Rubino, Ray Mummery, John Schneider

Argo-Mazda

1st in Lights (7th overall)

1986

Amos Johnson, Dennis Shaw, Jack Dunham

RX-7

1st in GTU (8th overall)

1987

Amos Johnson, Dennis Shaw, Bob Lazier

RX-7

1st in GTU (10th overall)

1988

Amos Johnson, Dennis Shaw, Bob Lazier

RX-7

1st in GTU (15th overall)

1989

Al Bacon, Bob Reed, Rod Millen

RX-7

1st in GTU (12th overall)

1990

John Grooms, Michael Greenfield, Frank Jellinek Jr. Peter Greenfield

Argo-Mazda

1st in Lights (9th overall)

1990

Peter Uria, Bob Dotson, Jim Pace

RX-7

1st in GTU (12th overall)

1991

Dick Greer, Al Bacon, Mike Mees, Peter Uria

RX-7

1st in GTU (13th overall)

1992

Al Bacon, Dick Greer, Mike Mees, Peter Uria

RX-7

1st in GTU (7th overall)

1993

John Grooms, Frank Jellinek Jr., Jim Downing,Tim McAdam

Kudzu-Mazda

1st in Lights (7th overall)

1993

Dick Greer, Al Bacon, Peter Uria, Mike Mees

RX-7

1st in GTU (9th overall)

2001

Howard Katz, Jim Downing, AJ Smith, Chris Ronson

Kudzu-Mazda

1st in SRP (11th overall)

2008

Sylvain Tremblay, David Haskell, Nick Ham, Raphael Matos

RX-8

1st in GT (10th overall)

12 Mazda powered class wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring

1980

Roger Mandeville, Jim Downing, Brad Friselle

RX-7

1st in GTU (9th overall)

1981

Lee Mueller, Walt Bohren

RX-7

1st in GTU (9th overall)

1982

Roger Mandeville, Jeff Kline, Amos Johnson

RX-7

1st in GTU (6th overall)

1983

Jack Dunham, Jeff Kline, Jon Compton

RX-7

1st in GTU (6th overall)

1984

Jack Baldwin, Ira Young, Bob Reed

RX-7

1st in GTU (9th overall)

1985

Jim Downing, John Maffucci

Argo-Mazda

1st in Lights (5th overall)

1986

Jim Rothbarth, Mike Meyer, Jeff Kline

Royale-Mazda

1st in Lights (6th overall)

1986

Roger Mandeville, Danny Smith

RX-7

1st in GTU (8th overall)

1987

Al Bacon, Bob Reed

RX-7

1st in GTU (17th overall)

1988

Dennis Shaw, Amos Johnson, Al Bacon

RX-7

1st in GTU (15th overall)

1992

Howard Katz, Tim McAdam, Jim Downing

Kudzu-Mazda

1st in Lights (5th overall)

1993

Al Bacon, Dick Greer, Peter Uria, Mike Mees

RX-7

1st in GTU (16th overall)

 


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