This is the #70 MAZDASPEED Mazda Prototype race car that competes in the IMSA Tudor Series. This particular car is driven by Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito in the series and is currently ( as of June 26th ) in 7th place.
FULL DISCLOSURE – I contacted the NYIAS to get a press pass to attend the show free of charge. I was unceremoniously denied a pass so I had to pay for the whole thing myself. Hopefully next year I will be deemed worthy of a press pass.
This SKYACTIV Mazda is a diesel, which makes it pretty unique in the Tudor series. Recently though, it was announced Mazda would be moving to a gasoline fueled car that is more inline with the series. Also, diesel power will be outlawed by the 2017 season so this will allow more time for the team to work out any issues.
As far as looks go, I like the car. I think it’s the color that I like the best though. That deep red set off by the white lettering makes the car pop. I believe this Mazda is based on a Lola design and the lines are just stunning. It really is one of the better looking prototypes in the series.
Seeing this Mazda Race car makes me sad about the Baltimore Grand Prix. I went every year it was in existence. I usually paid for the tickets on Saturday to see the American Le Mans Series and the GT3 series, plus you could see qualifying for Indy and a few Indy Lights races. I was the best deal. Plus, I work in a building right off the race course so I could go see the race, for free, from a higher vantage point.
I wish there was a track close. Maybe I will try to go to VIR to see a race. I heard it was nice.