Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
3/19/20 1:37 p.m.
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The next time you see the Mazda TR24-P prototype racers at Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta or Sebring--whenever those may be--they will be run under new management. Mazda is handing control of its premier racing program to Multimatic Motorsports, who have run several successful …

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_
_ Dork
3/19/20 1:47 p.m.

"Mazda assures that the current driver lineup will remain unchanged going forward" 

how many times I've heard this lie...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/20 1:59 p.m.

In reply to _ :

Okay, true, they're scouting JG and I for one of the cars. (That would so rock.)

wvumtnbkr
wvumtnbkr GRM+ Memberand UberDork
3/19/20 2:20 p.m.

Weren't they paired with team joest?  Isn't joest like one of the winningest teams in endurance racing?

 

Wonder why they would switch?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/20 2:44 p.m.

In reply to wvumtnbkr :

Yes and yes. 

Javelin
Javelin GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/19/20 2:52 p.m.

In reply to wvumtnbkr :

Because even the Masters of prototype endurance racing can't get a production based 4-cylinder to last and or win?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/19/20 3:28 p.m.

Multimatics was involved in setting up the Global MX5 Cup chassis, so there's already an existing relationship there.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/20 3:37 p.m.

Plus Multimatic helped build/develop the car in the first place. 

alfadriver
alfadriver GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
3/19/20 3:54 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

Even with all of that, how many teams has Mazda gone through?

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
3/19/20 4:46 p.m.

In reply to alfadriver :

A few. Seriously, isn't it SpeedSource ==> Joest ==> Multimatic?

slowbird
slowbird Dork
3/19/20 4:49 p.m.

The other article I saw said their agreement with Joest was due to expire after Sebring, which is obviously postponed, which means it expires now.

https://www.motorsport.com/imsa/news/mazda-multimatic-joest-switch-2020/4770940/

I just don't understand why they would sign that type of deal in the first place, or which side didn't want to renew. Joest got the best results that car has ever had.

j_tso
j_tso GRM+ Memberand Reader
3/19/20 5:46 p.m.

Multimatic already had increasing involvement with Mazda last year further developing the car and Larry Holt taking over as race engineer.  That's where their 2019 wins came from and being able to last the Daytona 24 this year.  I'm sure AER stepped up engine development too.

I don't know what happened to Joest.  In their first race with Mazda they forgot how to fasten wheels and later races had bad pit strategy.  Speedsource had as many podiums their 2017 half season as Joest did for all of 2018.

300zxfreak
300zxfreak New Reader
3/20/20 3:08 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

That would be "J.G. and me" in Amurican.

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