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MAZDA MOTORING ON: ALMS LMP2 Sports Racer
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Friday, July 1, 2005 - 4:19pm

Source: Paddock Talk.com

MAZDA MOTORING on: The Mazda rotary engine that supplies power to the No. 8 B-K Motorsports Courage C65 has been undergoing testing and development since its LMP2 class victory at the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio, the most recent round of the ALMS. But the team isn't necessarily searching for power.

"There are no miraculous changes coming. It's just part of the program," said John Doonan, team director of marketing and public relations. "The two keys things are to maintain the reliability of the rotary engine and look for ways to get better fuel mileage out of the motor. We're not seeing major horsepower increases. It goes back to the foundation of this thing. In and of itself, it already has astonishing reliability. That's the hallmark of the Mazda rotary engine. We're definitely looking forward to the longer races, Petit and Sebring and hopefully a trip to France."

Since debuting in April, Jamie Bach and Guy Cosmo have driven the No. 8 entry to a second-place class finish at Road Atlanta and the first class win for a Mazda in the series at Mid-Ohio. Since then, the team has had a couple of independent test sessions leading up to the ALMS' critical July stretch.

"It was a chance to get Guy and Jamie more seat time in the car," Doonan said. "Each of them has been in the car maybe three hours total. That includes practices and qualifying. The real opportunity is to get them more time. We want to stay on course to be around at the finish and pound out laps."

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