30.06.2019    Mazda RT24-Ps finish first and second at Sahlen's Six Hours Of the Glen

Mazda Team Joest has won its first Daytona Prototype international race in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, with a dominating run that saw the Soul Red Crystal Mazda RT24-Ps finish first and second at the Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen. 

The No. 77 Mazda RT24-P started the race at Watkins Glen International from pole position after Oliver Jarvis set a new course record for the DPi class in Saturday's qualifying session. Jarvis led from the start, and both the No. 77 Mazda RT24-P driven by Jarvis, Timo Bernhard and Tristan Nunez, as well as the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P driven by Harry Tincknell, Jonathan Bomarito and Olivier Pla led throughout the first five hours of the race.

However, a caution period in the final hour negated their advantage and put the Mazdas in second and third position behind an entry from Team Penske. Tincknell, driving the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P for the final two stints of the race, executed a pass for the lead in turn eight and immediately built a several-second gap. At the final round of pit stops, Mazda Team Joest was able to maintain Tincknell's advantage and complete Jarvis' service in time to jump him ahead of the Penske into second place.

When the checkered flag waved at the end of six hours of racing, Tincknell led Jarvis across the line by 0.353-second. Olivier Pla also recorded the fastest lap of the race, with a time of 1.29.657. The two Mazda RT24-Ps combined to lead 183 of 211 total laps at the Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen.

"This one is for Mazda and everyone involved with Mazda Team Joest," said Timo. "I just joined the team for the endurance races, but I know the hard time they've had leading up to this. We felt all along that it didn't matter which car won, it would be for the program. The car was very good, the crew was very good, and I think the drivers were awesome! It all went to plan and this was a very satisfying day for everyone involved. You could see some tears from the mechanics, engineers, and management people so you know the pressure that was involved. It was a tough race, and even though we had pace on the field, you never know what can happen when overtaking cars and with cars on different strategies. But I really enjoyed my double stint, the Mazda RT24-P was very good, and I'm so happy for the team." 

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