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Mazda USA opens new engine rebuilding facility in US
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 3:24pm

Mazda has opened its new technical center in Chesterfield County, Virginia. The company is making a $1.6 million investment in equipment and upgrades at the center, where it rebuilds rotary engines for the RX-8.

"This is the only operation of its type in North America," said Robert Davis, the company's senior vice president for quality, research and development. The company has hired 20 people to work at the center, which also houses a technical call center and will have training programs for the company's dealers.

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SevenStock XI - Lets do it Again!
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 10:07am

RX-7 Heaven is back for the 11th year! The Southern California RX-Club is proud to announce SevenStock-XI! Thanks to your support, the entire rotary community, this event has gotten bigger every year, last year it was so big we had to find more real estate. Our world famous event of all things rotary is once again being held at Mazda North American Operations.

The folks at Mazda are once again allowing us to hold this great event at their beautiful headquarters in Irvine, California. So mark your calendars, get your RX cars ready and find any way you can to get to Irvine on the weekend of Saturday September 27th for an entire whole slew of rotary-related actives.

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Grand Am - Homestead - Mazda places 5th, 8th
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 11:38am

The second race of the season at Homestead, the Speedsource team wanted to keep up momentum after the win at the Rolex Daytona 24 Hours. That win was Mazda's biggest sports car victory since Le Mans in 1991. However victory was not to be had at the GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami, the second in the new car, with the new sponsor, and with a home track advantage; their dominance didn't quite continue. The #70 car placed placed 5th in class after a series of yellows, and track conditions. Within the first lap, Nick Ham went off track, into the dirt. He was able to get it back on, but combined with the warmest day yet, tire issues, lost time on pit row, and some mistakes at the end of the race, it just wasn't enough to get back to the top. The other Speedsource car came in 8th place piloted by Assentato and Segal.

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RE Amemiya wins Super GT Round 1 - Suzuka
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 10:45am

With a new sponsor, new colors, and new vigor, the RE Amemiya RX-7 (now named ORC AMEMIYA SGC-7) took the checkered flag in the first race of th 2008 Super GT Series! Drivers Hiroyuki Iiri and Ryo Orime finished 14.8 seconds ahead of the 2nd place car, the #2 Privée KENZO Asset Shiden.

Congratulations to the new team! Amemiya-san has put many hours into the new team. After clenching the 2006 Super GT series victory, it looks like 2008 is off to a very good start!

Hiroyuki Irie: "I'm happy, but I'm also relieved. I became the No. 1 driver for our team last season but was unable to win. Now I have won the first race of my second season. The Yokohama Rubber's tires have been a good match for our machine, and if we do things right, we should be able to get another win."

Ryo Orime: "This is my first win in the GT, so all I can say is that I am very happy. The machine is in very good condition, and it was great that the Yokohama Rubber's tires didn't lose their grip all the way to the finish. The last ten laps felt very long for me. Now I am going to do my best to help us get a second win."

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SpeedSource Commemorates Historic RX-8 Daytona Rolex 24 2008 Win with Limited Edition Plaque
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, March 3, 2008 - 3:09pm

Sunrise, FL (02/21/2008) -A limited edition (250 units) plaque with an actual lug nut from the winning #70 GT Mazda RX-8 for the 2008 Daytona Rolex 24 hour race. With 2 color pictures, one shot of the winning crew and drivers and the other, an action shot of a pit stop. A great way to help the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as we will donate $10.00 for every plaque that is sold.

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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.

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Mazda Rotary Powered History @ America’s Endurance Classics
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Friday, January 25, 2008 - 5:46pm

RACES: Rolex 24 at Daytona & Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
YEARS: 34 -- 1973-2007
WINS: 33 (and counting)

In the 1973 12 Hours of Sebring, Ray Walle, a New Jersey Mazda dealer, and Richard Schuck drove a Mazda RX-2 to 2nd place in the IMSA Touring 2500 class, and 26th overall, having started 61st on the grid. Walle, teaming with Tom Reddy scored the first class win at Daytona for Mazda in 1975 and further demonstrated the endurance of the engine as he drove the race car from New Jersey to the track, and home again after the race!

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Submitted by Berny Herrera on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 8:05pm

Thanks to its combination of Mazda’s trademark Zoom-Zoom performance and excellent environmental efficiency, the hydrogen rotary engine (Hydrogen RE) is one of the leading lights in Mazda's efforts to develop the power plant of the future. To demonstrate the exceptional environmental performance of this engine that burns hydrogen to generate motive power and emits zero CO2, Mazda has been leasing the Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen RE to corporations and local government bodies since 2006. In particular, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE not only offers clean performance, it also maintains a driving feel characteristic of a vehicle powered by a conventional gasoline internal combustion engine. With its dual-fuel system, the RX-8 Hydrogen RE can be switched between hydrogen and gasoline fuel at the touch of a button, and although it is an alternative fuel vehicle, it offers all the other acclaimed attributes of the base model RX-8, including its seating capacity for four adults.

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Tokyo Auto Salon - Concept Mazdaspeed Series2 RX-8
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 2:46pm

Half way across the globe from the Detroit Auto show, the Tokyo Auto Salon roared into the Land of the Rising Sun last weekend with a conference hall full of wildly tuned machines. At the show, Mazda exhibited the 'RX-8 Mazdaspeed Concept,' a reference exhibit for the proposed Mazdaspeed parts available aftermarket Series-2 RX-8, from Mazda. Similar to the Series-1 body kits, interior and suspension parts, these will be for sale at Mazdaspeed dealer's parts departments after the series-2 shows up on the shores of the US later this year.

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SpeedSource Mazda Rotary RX-8 GT Racer Announces New 2008 Sponsorship
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 - 1:51pm

Mazda was able to announce today that a multi-year partnership with BP and their Castrol brand will bring new paint schemes to Mazda's top level sports car racing programs.

In ROLEX GT, the #70 Mazda RX-8 piloted by Sylvain Tremblay, Nick Ham, David Haskell, and Raphael Matos will take the green flag at the upcoming ROLEX 24 at Daytona in new Castrol Syntec colors. The #70 Mazda (in its new livery) was part of a very special integration of race cars from Mazdaspeed Motorsports in Mazda's vehicle display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit....with race cars matched up with their street going cousins in the display, it reinforced the fact that there are more Mazdas and Mazda powered vehicles road racing on any given weekend than any other brand. The paint scheme on the RX-8 was also a direct tie-in to the Mazda Furai concept which Mazda unveiled to the media today. The dashed lines on the rear fenders and nose are the latest interpretation from Mazda vehicle designers, inspired by the paint scheme of the 1991 24 of Le Mans winning Mazda 787B. Tremblay and Ham will be behind-the- wheel-duo in the full 2008 ROLEX GT schedule.

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