2010 GRAND-AM DAYTONA PACE CARS GET "ZOOM-ZOOM" AS MAZDA WILL PACE BOTH ROLEX SERIES AND CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE 2010 Mazda RX-8 to Pace Rolex 24; MAZDASPEED3 Set for Fresh From Florida 200 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2010) -...
2010 GRAND-AM DAYTONA PACE CARS GET "ZOOM-ZOOM" AS MAZDA WILL PACE BOTH ROLEX SERIES AND CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE
2010 Mazda RX-8 to Pace Rolex 24; MAZDASPEED3 Set for Fresh From Florida 200
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2010) - As the field approaches the green flag for both the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Cask No. 16 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Fresh From Florida 200 at Daytona International Speedway, Mazda is guaranteed to be at the front of the grid.
Officials from GRAND-AM and Mazda North American Operations today announced that the 2010 Mazda RX-8 has been selected as the pace car for the 48th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31 and the 2010 MAZDASPEED3 will be used to pace the Fresh From Florida 200 on Friday, Jan. 29.
"Mazda is a tremendous supporter of both the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, particularly in the number of teams it supports," said Kevin Hindson, GRAND-AM Vice President, Marketing and Communications. "Mazda has built a great reputation on its road racing programs over the past several years, so selecting Mazdas to pace this weekend's races was a natural fit. We're looking forward to using Mazda's 'zoom-zoom' to get both the Rolex 24 and the Fresh From Florida 200 underway."
The 2010 Mazda RX-8 is the quintessential four-door, four-seat sports coupe. The RX-8 offers an aggressive exterior design, excellent performance and handling and a special R3 model - perfect for driving enthusiasts. The 2010 MAZDASPEED3 blends the five-door functionality of the all-new MAZDA3 five-door, with bolder, more aggressive styling and exhilarating performance to meet the needs of driving enthusiasts with active lifestyles. And it is still one of the fastest and quickest front-wheel drive cars in the world.
Mazda also has a proud heritage at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, with 22 class victories in the iconic, twice-around-the-clock event. The manufacturer earned its first Rolex 24 class victory in 1975; when Ray Walle and Tom Reddy combined to take the GTU Touring class win aboard a Mazda RX-3. Mazda's most recent class victory came in 2008, when Sylvain Tremblay, David Haskell, Nick Ham and Raphael Matos co-drove the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 to the win in the GT class.
"We always look forward to racing at Daytona and thoroughly enjoy it whenever a Mazda leads under green-flag conditions," said Mazda North American Operations Alternative Marketing Manager Jim Jordan. "For 2010, we decided it might be fun to lead the pace and caution laps as well. This is a great showcase for both the RX-8 and the MAZDASPEED3 and we can't wait to see them both out there at the front of the field. We hope the field will be also following our race-version RX-8s and MAZDA3s under green in the Rolex 24 and the Fresh From Florida 200."
The 2010 Rolex Series and the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge both get underway at Daytona International Speedway. The Fresh From Florida 200 for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge kicks off the weekend's racing activities on Friday, Jan. 29, followed by the 48th Rolex 24 At Daytona on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 30-31.
Tickets for the entire weekend at Daytona are now available by visiting RaceTickets.com. SPEED will carry 16 hours of live television coverage of the Rolex 24 beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday and resuming at 7 a.m. ET on Sunday. SPEED will also televise the Fresh From Florida 200 at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 13.