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Old 07-22-2004, 16:33   #1 (permalink)
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Mazda looking to enter ALMS, could run prototype

Mazda looking to enter ALMS, could run prototype

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Mazda is evaluating an attack on the American Le Mans Series with a full factory program, and it could begin as early as next year.
Mazda U.S.A. has looked to join the sports car series for some time. Company executives are in ongoing discussions with ALMS bosses and have already met with two organizations capable of masterminding its return after a 13-year absence. Mazda senior vice president of marketing Robert Davis said, “We have had an involvement with the ALMS through the Star Mazda Series [a single-seater support class], and now we would like to take part in the main event. If you look at what Mazda represents in North America, it is sports cars and that fits with the profile of the ALMS.”

Davis said that the decision on which class Mazda might enter hasn’t been made yet. Sources say Mazda is looking at the prototype division, though the possibility of a new ALMS class for four-door cars would allow it to run the rotary-powered RX-8.

Mazda’s prospective entry into the ALMS has been welcomed by series boss Scott Atherton at a time when the Pratt & Miller-run Chevrolet Corvette is the only factory team on the grid. “There’s no question that they would be a boost to the ALMS,” he said. “We already refer to them as a partner because of the Star Mazda series, but it would be great to have them in the ALMS.”
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