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MAZDA BRINGING GAME-CHANGING SKYACTIV-D SMART DIESEL TECHNOLOGY TO TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2014

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IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 14, 2013
- At Mazda, 'Never Stop Challenging' isn't just a catchphrase, it's a company maxim. After nearly two years of planning, Mazda Motorsports will field a pair of factory-backed SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel-powered racecars in the top Prototype Class for the 2014 TÚDOR Únited SportsCar Championship (ÚSCC), beginning wîth the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25-26, 2014. This is a major step up for Mazda, having won the 2013 Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship. Mazda will be challenging for overall race wins against the toughest sports car competitors in North America.

'This is the most significant step Mazda has taken towards returning to the global racing stage since our overall victory at Le Mans in 1991,' said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports. 'And thanks to our SKYACTIV-D Mazda6 racecars winning nine of 12 Rolex GRAND-AM GX races and the GRAND-AM GX Manufacturers Championship this year, we're confident that our two prototype cars will challenge the best North America has to offer.'

Long-time racing partner SpeedSource Race Engineering, the team that oversaw Mazda's GX-class championship in 2013, will carry responsibility to develop and run the cars on track. Additionally, Mazda also is in discussions wîth customer teams interested in the prototype class, as well as teams interested in developing the championship winning Mazda6 into a GT Daytona class car.

Sylvain Tremblay, Owner, SpeedSource Engineering noted; 'As a racer, you always want to be in the fastest class. The development of the Mazda SKYACTIV-D was a great deal of work by Mazda and SpeedSource and it will be quite the task to take this to the front of the prototype class in only our second year of competition. Mazda and SpeedSource will have a busy November and December of testing as we prepare for Daytona.'

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.2 L.
Power: 450 hp
Torque: 580 ft-lbs

6-speed Sequential
As part of its challenger frame of mind, Mazda is the only OEM racing wîth a diesel engine. The SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel race engine is a true production-based engine and a carry-over from the development work done wîth the Mazda6 GX-class racing cars. The engine is 51 percent stock by parts count, and 63 percent stock by weight. Mazda chose this path as it is the most honest way to demonstrate the performance, quality, durability, and reliability of Mazda powerplants.


Driver line-ups and team partners will be announced at a later date. The cars will make their first public appearance at the 'Roar Before the 24' test at Daytona, January 3-5, 2014.

About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED
Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals. Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers compete in various classes wîth the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world's largest spec class wîth over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda Motorsports established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda's success is strategic partnerships wîth the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the Únited States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

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MAZDA READY TO ROAR AT TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP TEST

January 4, 2014 (DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) — Mazda has long believed in promoting from within, including filling those rare 'factory team' driver slots. Mazda Motorsports will field a pair of factory-backed SKYACTIV Technology-powered prototypes in the 2014 TÚDOR Únited SportsCar Championship. Behind the wheel will be the four drivers who delivered nine race wins and the 2013 Grand-Am GX Manufacturers Championship for Mazda. Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long will share the #70 car while Joel Miller and Tristan Nunez will co-pilot the #07. The team took their first public laps at the annual pre-season 'Roar Before the 24' test at Daytona International Speedway yesterday. The test concludes tomorrow wîth the season opening Rolex 24 Hour race on January 25-26.

'There is no shortage of great racing talent in America', noted John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations. 'The decision for this year was relatively simple though as our 2013 line-up excelled both on and off the track. Sylvain, Tom, Joel, and Tristan are all talented behind the wheel, but just as importantly, they act as a true team, supporting everyone at Mazda and SpeedSource. Our objective is to demonstrate Mazda SKYACTIV Technology to both hardcore racing fans and the mainstream public. With so many changes in 2014, including the new series itself, there will be a steep learning curve for everyone and we needed the best students in the sport. We'll announce our third drivers for the Rolex 24 at a later date, but rest assured they all fit the same mold of being team thinkers and both will have Mazda heritage in their blood.'

As part of its challenger frame of mind, Mazda is the only car company racing in the TÚDOR Championship wîth a diesel engine. The SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel race engine is a true production-based engine and a carry-over from the development work done wîth the Mazda6 GX-class racing cars. The engine is 51 percent stock by parts count, and 63 percent stock by weight. Mazda chose this path as it is the most honest way to demonstrate the performance, quality, durability and reliability of Mazda powerplants.

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