Mazda has announced that it will end its prototype program in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship at the end of 2021. And thus, ending its involvement with DPi and not committing to the LMDh rule. In a statement, Mazda said it reached the decision ‘after an internal evaluation of the current DPi series and the future LMDh series.
Mazda had already scaled back its DPi program to one car for 2021, with drivers Oliver Jarvis and Harry Tincknell forming a season-long entry with the Mazda RT24-P. The announcement comes just weeks after Acura, one of Mazda DPi’s rivals, announced the LMDh program for 2023. The decision leaves Acura and Cadillac as the only two manufacturers left for the DPi’s final season of competition in 2022.
“Mazda has a long history in racing and has recently added several wins and podiums to the 2020 season. This is a tribute to our ‘never give up on a challenge’ spirit. We are proud of our victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2020 and 2021, and record repeats at Daytona in 2019 and 2020,” Mazda America President and CEO Masahiro Moro.
The Japanese manufacturer has been present in IMSA’s flagship division since the championship’s inception in 2014 and has been a regular participant in DPi for the past five years. His biggest win came at the end of the 2020 season at the 12 Hours of Sebring, when Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell and Ryan Hunter-Reay took the overall win in the regular season.
“This is a great achievement in the history of Mazda Motorsports. We thank our drivers, teams, partners and fans for their support over the years and we look forward to a great 2021 season.”
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