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Crunch time for a motorsport underachiever

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Jan 25, 2019, 11:08 AM

Even bringing in the team that took Audi to Le Mans dominance couldn't make Mazda a winner in IMSA in 2018. A massive winter effort has gone into putting things right, and this week's Rolex 24 at Daytona is the first big test.

Mazda is the big underachiever in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship prototype ranks. It's still seeking an elusive first outright victory, something that legendary sportscar team Joest Racing couldn't put right in 2018.

That explains a second major revamp of the long-running programme in two years ahead of the 2019 season, which kicks off this weekend with the Rolex 24 - where Mazda secured pole on Thursday.

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Series IMSA
Event Daytona 24
Author Gary Watkins