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Mazda Rotary Power Dominates Rolex Daytona 24 hrs
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Sunday, January 27, 2008 - 10:16am

Mazda had a very good weekend in the ROLEX Daytona 24 hours race in Florida. The #70 Mazda RX-8 piloted by Sylvain Tremblay, Nick Ham, David Haskell, and Raphael Matos took the checkered flag, coming in 1st place in GT Class, 9th over all. Three of the Speedsource built cars came in the top 10 in GT Class, top 20 overall!!

The #69 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 piloted by 2007 Bob Akin Cup winner, Emil Assentato, Jeff Segal, Nick Longhi and Lonnie Pechnik came in 5th in class, 13th overall.

The #30 Racers Edge Motorsports' Mazda RX-8 achieved 10th in GT class 20th overall, and was piloted by Drew Staveley as the checkered flag fell.

Actor Patrick Dempsey crossed the finish line 24th in GT Class, 39th overall in the #40 Hyper Sport Mazda RX-8.

Congratulations to all six Mazda RX-8s that entered the 24 hour classic. Joining the #70 and #69 SpeedSource, #40 SOBE Hypersport and #30 Racer's Edge entry were two Spencer Motorsports and the Goldin Brothers entry.




Official Release

SPEEDSOURCE CASTROL SYNTEC MAZDA RX-8 WINS GT CLASS AT 2008 ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

- 22nd Win in Endurance Classic for Mazda since 1975 –

January 27, 2008 (Daytona Beach, Fla).
After 24 hours of close competition among 41 cars, the SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 team won the GT class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona to kick off the 2008 GrandAm season. The SpeedSource driving team of Sylvain Tremblay, David Haskell, Nick Ham, and Raphael Matos started from the pole, and led 323 of 664 laps, on their way to ninth overall and the class win.

The race was a severe strategic challenge as there were intermittent rain showers for over half of the race and a total of 24 caution periods, many the result of on track incidents. The SpeedSource team was challenged by the slippery conditions with multiple spins, one of which resulted in minor body damage to the rear of the car including a broken taillamp. Other than the taillamp however, the rotary-powered Mazda ran flawlessly throughout the day-night-day race.

The SpeedSource Mazda team beat the runner-up Porsche by over five laps. The win was the 22nd class win at the race for Mazda and a ended a lengthy winning streak by Porsche at the biggest 24 hour race in America. Along the way, the SpeedSource number 70 car beat over two dozen Porsche 911 GT-3s, a handful of Pontiacs, a pair of Ferrari 430 Challenges, a Corvette, some Mustangs and a BMW M6. There were a total of 55 lead changes among 10 cars in the class, but no one could pass the RX-8 for the final 185 laps.

“This was a great win for the entire SpeedSource team. Endurance racing in particular is a team sport and I am so proud of our collective effort. Thanks especially to our new partners at Castrol, who believed in our ability to deliver. Thanks also to Fresh from Florida for their support of our in-car camera, as well as the many rotary enthusiasts who have supported our efforts, “ remarked SpeedSource owner/engineer/driver Sylvain Tremblay.

Backing up the Castrol Syntec RX-8 were two other SpeedSource-built RX-8s in the top ten. Finishing fifth in the GT class was the SpeedSource FXDD RX-8 of Emil Assentato, Jeff Segal, Nick Longhi, and Lonnie Pechnik. The final top-ten car was the RX-8 of Racers Edge Motorsports driven by Ken Dobson, Robert Thorne, Craig Stone and Drew Staveley.


22 Mazda
Rotary Powered class wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona


1975 Ray
Walle, Tom Reddy RX-2 1st
in GTU Touring (14th overall)

1979 Yoshimi
Katayama, Yojiro Terada, Takashi Yorino RX-7 1st in GTU (5th
overall)

1982 Yoshimi
Katayama, Yojiro Terada, Takashi Yorino RX-7 1st in GTO (4th
overall)

1982 Kathy
Rude*, Lee Mueller, Allan Moffett RX-7 1st
in GTU (6th overall)

* First ever class win for a woman in IMSA history.

1983 Pete
Halsmer, Bob Reed, Rick Knoop, Tom Gloy RX-7 1st in GTO
(3rd overall)

1983 Lee
Mueller, Hugh McDonough, Terry Visger RX-7 1st in
GTU (12th overall)

1984 Ira
Young, Bob Reed, Jack Baldwin, Jim Cook RX-7 1st in
GTU (12th overall)

1985 Kelly
Marsh, Ron Pawley, Don Marsh Argo-Mazda 1st
in Lights (10th overall)

1985 Amos
Johnson, Jack Dunham, Yojiro Terada RX-7 1st in
GTU (12th overall)

1986 Frank
Rubino, Ray Mummery, John Schneider Argo-Mazda 1st
in Lights (7th overall)

1986 Amos
Johnson, Dennis Shaw, Jack Dunham RX-7 1st in GTU
(8th overall)

1987 Amos
Johnson, Dennis Shaw, Bob Lazier RX-7 1st in
GTU (10th overall)

1988 Amos
Johnson, Dennis Shaw, Bob Lazier RX-7 1st in
GTU (15th overall)

1989 Al
Bacon, Bob Reed, Rod Millen RX-7 1st
in GTU (12th overall)

1990 John
Grooms, Michael Greenfield, Frank Jellinek Jr. Argo-Mazda 1st
in Lights (9th overall)

Peter
Greenfield

1990 Peter
Uria, Bob Dotson, Jim Pace RX-7 1st
in GTU (12th overall)

1991 Dick
Greer, Al Bacon, Mike Mees, Peter Uria RX-7 1st
in GTU (13th overall)

1992 Al
Bacon, Dick Greer, Mike Mees, Peter Uria RX-7 1st
in GTU (7th overall)

1993 John
Grooms, Frank Jellinek Jr., Jim Downing Kudzu-Mazda 1st
in Lights (7th overall)

Tim
McAdam

1993 Dick
Greer, Al Bacon, Peter Uria, Mike Mees RX-7 1st
in GTU (9th overall)

2001 Howard
Katz, Jim Downing, AJ Smith, Chris Ronson Kudzu-Mazda 1st in
SRP (11th overall)

2008 Sylvain Tremblay, David Haskell, Nick Ham, Raphael Matos Mazda RX-8 1st in
GT (9th overall)

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subject:
ROLEX Daytona 24 hours race e
author:
date:
December 13, 2009 - 10:42pm
ROLEX Daytona 24 hours race event has the best of the best participants involved this years and hopefully the number will go on increasing and increasing in the coming years,surely best.
regards from: fake watches
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FROM SYLVAIN AND THE ENTIRE SPEEDSOURCE TEAM
author:
date:
February 4, 2008 - 5:01am
I am truly overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of support and congratulation from people across the globe. I wish I could respond to each and every email and posted messages. I appreciate and have read them all. We could not do what we do without the encouragement of each of you and I am genuinely grateful for the time and effort you spend to follow and support our racing programs.

From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you for your support and sharing in our victory. We look forward to a successful season and more top results in support of our sponsorship partners, Castrol Syntec and Mazda and all of the others that make it possible to take on the best of the best.


With kind regards,

Sylvain Tremblay

SpeedSource Inc.
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subject:
'08 Daytona 24 hr.
author:
date:
February 13, 2008 - 7:41pm
1st time in 25 yrs. I miss the twice around the clock, and 22 yrs. since we won there in Camel-Lights.

Was a great and overdue victory for Mazda, and a monumental achievement for the SpeedSource boys.

Great to see Mazda "Corporate" maintain their commitment to Grand Am and support for SpeedSource as the premier and serious Factory effort.

Rotary Power ! What Mazda's identity has always been about!
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subject:
Great Job!
author:
date:
January 29, 2008 - 10:14am
Great job on finishing first in GT along wwith the other top 10 finishes too.. You make me prouder to be a rotary owner and enthusiast. Cannot wait to see you guys at Limerock this year.
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subject:
Congratulation to Speedsource and crew
author:
date:
January 28, 2008 - 6:25pm
It is a sweet victory against any and all who have little faith in the rotary. Keep up the good work and welcome to the history books.

the world goes round and round, not up and down.
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subject:
Great win!
author:
date:
January 28, 2008 - 4:55pm
Congratulations to the drivers and crew and also the #69 for capturing a strong 5th position against one of the best Porsche team. Awesome to see your hard work paid off this year with a victory at Daytona 24! Good luck for the rest of the season!
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subject:
To Speedsource
author:
date:
January 28, 2008 - 4:44pm
I watched all 14 televised hours and at the end of the race my wife asked me why I wasn't cheering. It was because I couldn't talk. I was crying. I was so happy for what you have done this weekend.
I drove down, from Chicago, to see last years race. I guess I should have waited a year.
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subject:
speedsource
author:
date:
January 28, 2008 - 4:36pm
great job guys.. keep it up. see you at homestead.


beers
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subject:
Finally.... 24 Hours of Daytona!
author:
date:
January 28, 2008 - 7:33am
Wow... what more can be said. TRULY, truly historic for Mazda and SpeedSourceInc. Congrats to everyone who's tireless efforts finally brought this HUGE day home for Mazda. It was well deserved!! Keep up the effot throughout the year and bring home the championship. Can't wait to celebrate a Championship with everyone later this year at Sevenstock Dinner! ;) Until then, keep it on the asphalt!!
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subject:
It really makes me happy to s
author:
date:
January 28, 2008 - 12:24am
It really makes me happy to see these RX-8's do so well in road racing nowadays. Unfortunately I was too young to witness the dominance of many years ago, so to see the SpeedSource car get 1st in class, and the others do so well let alone finish, it makes me think those times are coming back around and I will finally be able to witness it myself. Thanks for keeping the rotary spirit alive!
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subject:
Congrats to All Teams and Keep Up the Momentum!!!
author:
date:
January 27, 2008 - 10:45pm
Your efforts compelled me to watch all 14 hours of Speedvision coverage and stayed up for all but two hours of the streamed audio. It looked like things got pretty dicey from the weather, but you were able to prevail despite a few near misses. It's fantastic that all you starters were able to finish, let alone, so well! I think I was able to TiVo all the times your rotarys were shown, but missed that magic in-car lap that Speedvison usually does. I suppose they left it out, intentionally, due the the clear "rev envy" that the sounds of our cars create. LOL! Here's wishing you the best for an outstanding season!!

84 GSL-SE, 86 GXL, 87 GS, 04 SE3P
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subject:
DOUGHNUTS
author:
date:
January 27, 2008 - 4:39pm
Someone tell Nick Ham to do doughnuts after the victory!

CONGRATS to the SpeedSource crew, (70 and 69) it felt like the
old days again; also, hats off to the Racer's Edge crew for a solid
tenth place class finish.
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subject:
Rotary Victory
author:
date:
February 20, 2008 - 5:05am
Congatulations to all drivers, crew, engineears... all.

As we say here in Greece there is no car in the word that can win a rotor car!
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