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Mazda and AER Aim for Third Straight IMSA WeatherTech Podium Finish

Watkins Glen IMSA 2017

BASILDON, ESSEX (7 July 2017) – Following strong podium finishes in the Detroit and Watkins Glen rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Mazda Prototype team rolls into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) outside of Toronto this weekend for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix looking for a third consecutive podium.

The two-car Mazda team posted fast lap times in this past Sunday’s six-hour race at Watkins Glen International, which bodes well for the similarly fast and smooth Canadian track, where the throttle is wide-open for 70% of the 2.459-mile lap. That will be a challenge for AER’s Mazda MZ-2.0-T engines, while high-speed, high G-force corners provide test the physical strength and endurance of the drivers.

“The thing that is most physically demanding is the length of the corners and the speed of the corners,” said Tristan Nunez, driver of the No. 55 Mazda Prototype. “You’re pulling such heavy G-loads around the track, and 70 percent of the track is at full throttle, so that gives you an idea of how fast the corners really are at CTMP. It takes a toll on the driver. Every year I’ve been there, I walk away feeling pretty sore. I’ve been training ahead of time, but nothing compares to the forces you take when you’re in the car.”

For the whole story on Mazda’s preparation for this weekend’s race in Canada, click here. And for the details of the team’s strong performance at Watkins Glen, click here.