Mazda is the big underachiever in the IMSA 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-sponsored Daytona 24 Hours - where Mazda secured pole on Thursday.
The arrival of Joest, a 16-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours and Audi's long-time partner at the French classic, in place of the US SpeedSource team gave Mazda nowhere to hide. Yet last season it still failed to chalk up a first victory in five years of trying (though admittedly not very hard with its turbodiesel Lolas in 2014-15).