Mazda’s Director of Motorsports at Mazda North American Operations, John Doonan has expressed his support for Mazda’s engines being used in the prototype cars at the IMSA Prototype Challenge by Mazda series. The engines will remain unbadged throughout the series.
The Prototype Challenge will replace the previous Prototype Lites by Cooper Tires and will be a mix of current and new platforms. The Prototype Challenge will be conducted in seven circuits across the US in a 13-round schedule. Each event will be 45 minutes long and will have one driver per event.
The Mazda engines will be present in the PC2 class, Elan DP02 cars. The PC1 cars will have the LMP3 from up to 6 manufacturers and identical V8 engines. The LMP3 engine is provided by Mazda but they have chosen not to badge it.
The PC2 class will also be supported by Mazda as part of their scholarship program and the “Mazda Road to 24” program. Doonan says that these programs are great for discovering new talent and named top engineers like Kentock Koch, Mikhail Goikhberg and Tristan Nunez as examples of it’s success.
The new LMP3 mechanism is set to increase the car count of the challenge. It is currently at 20 with new and existing teams planning to order more products for next year.
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