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Apr 15, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - SpeedSource Race Engineering took the checkered flag and four of the first eight spots in the Sunday, April 11 Grand-Am Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The victory in Phoenix marked the first Grand-Am Cup win for the new Mazda RX-8 and is the first win by an RX-8 in North American professional racing. More impressively, this first win comes only three races into the season, SpeedSource's first using the RX-8 platform, and hints at future domination of the Grand-Am Cup Series by the SpeedSource team and its Mazda RX-8s.
SpeedSource drivers Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell handled their number 70 Mazda RX-8 flawlessly throughout the 200-lap race, working their way through the pack of Acura RSXs, Lexus IS300s, BMW 3-series, Z3s and Z4s and Dodge SRT-4s to claim victory by a 27-second margin. Clever use of the final pit-stop assisted the team in claiming victory: with the number 95 BMW hot on the RX-8's heels going into the pits, the SpeedSource team decided to go with a two-tire change strategy - while their competitor chose a full four - enabling the RX-8 to finish with a comfortable lead.
Next on the Grand-Am Cup Series schedule is Quebec's Mont-Tremblant 250 at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, May 21-23.