Crunch time for a motorsport underachiever
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 Daytona 24 Hours is the first big test
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.
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