Miller and Long to drive remaining car.
Mazda has scratched one of its two Prototype entries for this weekend's Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. Drivers Joel Miller and Tom Long will pilot the No. 07 car on the 2.35-mile street course on Belle Isle. The team said the reason is that they are keeping one car back at the SpeedSource shop in Florida for development.
The No. 70 car, which was listed on the entry roster as being driven by Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito, will not race this weekend. “A large part of this program is to learn, refine and develop SKYACTIV technologies," said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports. "The development of the diesel engine has been a steep climb upward, especially with peak horsepower and fuel efficiency that has allowed the team to lead two of the four races thus far.
"But, we believe we are best served by continuing development and simulation work with one car at the SpeedSource shops rather than both cars being at the track this week. This does not reflect any changes to the long-term commitments and goals of the Mazda program.”
This leaves the Prototype field with seven entries, as some other cars, including the DeltaWing, decided to take the weekend off.