Mazda Saves Fuel, Wins at Watkins Glen


Mazda Saves Fuel, Wins at Watkins Glen

Mazda’s IMSA days are numbered. That announcement was made nearly four months ago, ensuring that this 2021 season would be the last for a program that fought so long to go from punchline to contender at American sports car racing’s top level. This iteration of Mazda racing will not develop an LMDh-era prototype and will not go to Le Mans. But that the program is not done yet, it still has race wins and championships to fight for.

That fight got much more realistic today, when their lone No. 55 entry won the Six Hours of Watkins Glen for the second time in three years.

The two Acuras, the No. 60 of Meyer Shank Racing and No. 10 of Wayne Taylor Racing, were the class of the field early. They qualified 1-2 and led early, but the No. 55 Mazda found the lead on an ambitious fuel saving strategy helped along by a caution with just over 40 minutes remaining. The Mazda saved every ounce of fuel it needed allowing closing driver Harry Tincknell to run all-out at the end of the race. Olivier Pla caught the No. 55 in the No. 60 Acura in the closing laps, but Tincknell held off the Acura and took a momentous win for Mazda.

For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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