Mazda has confirmed that their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship effort will be known as Mazda Motorsports from the point when racing starts again after the COVID-19 outbreak.
The change comes with the formal confirmation today that Multimatic will take over the role of principal team operations service supplier from Team Joest, this a step-up from their current status as a technical partner.
The move comes as the contract with Team Joest, which has been in place since the start of the 2017 season, expires, the final planned race under the date-restricted arrangement should have been the now postponed 12 Hours of Sebring this weekend.
“Mazda is looking forward to going racing with Multimatic when IMSA resumes racing, with a shared goal of winning the IMSA driver and manufacturer’s championships,” said Nelson Cosgrove, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “The management and engineering staff at Multimatic is familiar with our team and will continue to elevate our program.“
The driver lineup for Mazda Motorsports will remain unchanged. Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell will share the #55 Mazda RT24-P and will be joined by Ryan Hunter-Reay in the remaining Michelin Endurance Cup events at Watkins Glen, Road Atlanta and Sebring. Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez will continue in the #77 Mazda RT24-P and be joined by Olivier Pla at the three endurance races.