Mazda will terminate its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi program on the finish of this season, having confirmed that it’s going to additionally not pursue an effort below the brand new LMDh rules.
The Japanese producer, which has been current yearly within the high prototype class for the reason that Grand-Am/ALMS merger 2014, introduced a realignment of its motorsports technique on Friday afternoon.
It comes after scaling again the Multimatic-run manufacturing unit Mazda RT24-P program to a single entry for Harry Tincknell and Oliver Jarvis for 2021.
The duo teamed with Jonathan Bomarito for a podium end in final month’s season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
An announcement from Mazda says the choice to finish its prototype involvement was made after an “inside evaluation of the present DPi sequence and the long run LMDh sequence.”
“Mazda has an extended historical past in racing and just lately added a number of DPi victories and podium finishes in the course of the 2020 season. This can be a tribute to our ‘by no means cease difficult’ spirit,” mentioned Mazda North American Operations chairman and CEO Masahiro Moro.
“We’re particularly happy with our victory on the 12 Hours of Sebring, podium finishes at Daytona’s Rolex 24 in each 2020 and 2021, and record-setting laps at Daytona in 2019 and 2020.
“These are important accomplishments within the historical past of Mazda Motorsports. We thank our drivers, staff, companions, and our followers for his or her years of assist, and stay up for a robust 2021 season.”
Moreover, Mazda Motorsports director Nelson Cosgrove will probably be departing the producer on the finish of this month, with motorsports advertising and marketing chief Mo Murray set to supervise the DPi program for the rest of its time period.
The producer’s motorsports focus will heart on the single-make Mazda MX-5 Cup, which kicked off in January below IMSA sanction, in addition to different types of grassroots racing.
Mazda’s withdrawal will depart simply Cadillac and Acura on the DPi grid for the 2022 WeatherTech Championship season, within the anticipated ultimate season of the components previous to the introduction of the ACO and IMSA’s new joint prototype rules.
At the least 16 producers had been concerned in LMDh technical working group conferences in latest months, with Audi, Porsche and Acura all confirming packages for 2023.
“Mazda is without doubt one of the winningest producers in IMSA historical past, with greater than 200 victories on the highest degree of IMSA competitors and the potential so as to add to that complete by the stability of the 2021 WeatherTech Championship season,” mentioned IMSA President John Doonan, who had served as Mazda’s motorsports director till becoming a member of IMSA in 2020.
“Mazda was the primary to disclose its DPi race automobile, the RT24-P, which went on to win iconic occasions just like the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Offered by Advance Auto Elements and the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen amongst different races, and alongside the way in which turned a fan favourite.
“Whereas we are going to miss seeing that lovely prototype out on the racetrack, we stay up for our continued partnership because the sanctioning physique for the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup offered by BFGoodrich Tires and the joy that sequence will proceed to supply for IMSA followers.”