IMSA: Mazda to Ditch Diesel, Keep Drivers for 2016


Despite our well-documented love for Mazda and its SkyActiv diesel racers, neither the SkyActiv Mazda 6 or the much-hyped SkyActiv LMP prototype racer (shown, above and at this link) saw much success in either the 2014 or 2015 seasons. For its part, Mazda appears to have decided that the problem isn’t with the crew or with the drivers- but with their own engine.

For the 2016 season of IMSA racing, Mazda’s prototype race cars will be powered by turbocharged, 2.0 liter, four-cylinder gasoline engines.

“We couldn’t be happier that each of our Mazda Prototype drivers (Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nunez, Tom Long and Joel Miller) will return to the team for 2016,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American operations. “In addition to being top-notch drivers, we couldn’t ask for a better group of gentlemen to represent the Mazda brand in the premier level of our Mazda Road to 24 sports car program.”

It’ll be interesting to see how this move- which is expected to foreshadow an announcement that the promised Mazda 6 diesel will now never reach US shores– impacts Mazda’s diesel program in road cars. One thing is certain, though: 2015 has been a terrible year for diesel fuel fans!


Source | Images: Mazda, via Motorsport.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.