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MAZDA STATEMENT REGARDING GRAND-AM ALMS MERGER
September 6, 2012 (IRVINE, CALIFORNIA). “Mazda is thrilled by the announcement of the unification of top-level professional sports car racing in North America today. We have been participants and corporate partners with IMSA, ALMS, and GRAND-AM since they were established, and look forward to seeing the sport move from strength-to-strength as a result of this historic announcement. We believe that, together, a single series will create greater value for fans, racers, and corporate partners. Having the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the 12-Hours of Sebring, and Petit Le Mans, plus continued racing at Mazda Raceway, all in the same series, is a huge positive for everyone involved. Mazda will continue to focus on winning races and championships through 2013, while having our sights set on a new chapter beginning in 2014.”
John M. Doonan
Director, Mazda Motorsports
Mazda North American Operations
About Mazda & MAZDASPEED
Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America. Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda’s success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
MAZDASPEED Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
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For further information: Dean Case, Communications Officer, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations (310) 318-4582, mazdaspeed@MazdaUSA.com