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Mazda Confirm IMSA DPi Pullout After 2021 Season

No LMDH plans for the brand

The Mazda Motorsports IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship DPi programme will cease at the end of the current 2021 season.

Current Mazda North America Motorsport Director Nelson Cosgrove is set to leave his post at the end of this month to be replaced by Mo Murray.

The decision to cease the programme came after the brand evaluated their current programme and the forthcoming LMDh formula.

Mazda North America Operations Chairman and CEO Masahiro Moro: “Mazda has a long history in racing and recently added several DPi victories and podium finishes during the 2020 season. This is a tribute to our ‘never stop challenging’ spirit.

“We’re especially proud of our victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring, podium finishes at Daytona’s Rolex 24 in both 2020 and 2021, and record-setting laps at Daytona in 2019 and 2020.

“These are significant accomplishments in the history of Mazda Motorsports. We thank our drivers, team, partners, and our fans for their years of support, and look forward to a strong 2021 season.”

The effort initially fielded from 2017 (below) with the assistance of the now-defunct Speedsource organisation, then Joest Racing and latterly with Multimatic has produced 21 podium finishes including five race wins in IMSA competition with the Riley-Multimatic chassied Mazda RT24-P powered by Mazda’s MZ-T 2 litre turbo inline-four.