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SpeedSource Gives Mazda RX-8 First Win PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 10, 2004) -- Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell gave the Mazda RX-8 its first North American professional race win with their Grand-Am Cup Series victory in the Phoenix Sport Touring...

SpeedSource Gives Mazda RX-8 First Win

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 10, 2004) -- Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell gave the Mazda RX-8 its first North American professional race win with their Grand-Am Cup Series victory in the Phoenix Sport Touring 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. A good pit stop strategy allowed the pair of drivers to pilot their SpeedSource No. 70 Mazda to a 27-second lead over the polesitting Turner Motorsports No. 95 BMW of Don Salama and Will Turner.

While the No. 95 BMW team took on a full set of fresh tires during its pit stop, the SpeedSource crew opted for only two in order to save time.

"The car was fine," Tremblay said. "It wasn't as fast as four tires, but the strategy was sound. The crew did their job in terms of the pit stop, and we stuck to our race plan."

SpeedSource debuted the Mazda RX-8 in the Grand-Am Cup Series in January at the Daytona 250, and the car's first win comes in only its third race in the series.

"This is our first factory program," explained Tremblay. "We've been a team since 1995 and had a lot of winning programs and were the 2001 Grand Sport champion. (It's great) to have the confidence of a large corporation like Mazda to trust us with a racing program.

"This is the future of the RX-8. It's wonderful for the team and wonderful for Mazda."

Four different manufacturers were represented in the top four of the Phoenix Sport Touring 200, the second Grand-Am Cup Series race of the weekend at PIR. In addition to Mazda and BMW taking the top-two positions, Bill Fenton Motorsports drivers Bob Beede and Eric Curran put Acura on the podium in third place with its No. 27 Acura RSX-S, and Jason Bowles and Andy Lally finished fourth in the Team Lexus No. 3 Lexus IS300.

The Phoenix Twin 200s will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Sunday, April 18, with the Grand Sport race at noon ET and the Sport Touring race at 1 p.m. ET.

The Grand-Am Cup Series will return to action next month in the Mont-Tremblant 250 at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, May 21-23. Tickets information is available by calling 800-517-5725.

More information on the Grand-Am Cup Series can be found online at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Beede , David Haskell , Andy Lally , Sylvain Tremblay , Eric Curran , Will Turner , Don Salama , Bill Fenton , Jason Bowles
Teams Turner Motorsport , SpeedSource