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MAZDASPEED takes the gold

Irvine-based carmaker finds success on the raceways.

By Lauren GiudicePublished: July 19, 2011 11:56 AM

Mazda, whose North American Operations are based in Irvine, was well represented at races across the nation this month with strong finishes in three different series — including two wins.

"Our success as a business and on the track is a result of our total team effort,” said Mazda Motorsports Director John Doonan.

Mazda cars finished first and second in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST class. Andrew Carbonell and Rhett O'Doski in the Freedom Autosport Mazda won the race, which was at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. This victory moved Mazda into a six-point lead in the manufacturers’ championship.  

Chris Dyson and Guy Smith, current leaders of the ALMS drivers championship, had their first win of the season racing the Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda MZR-R. Mazda leads the manufacturer’s championship in the series.

The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, whose race also occurred at Mazda Raceway, had an exciting finish with Mazda RX-8’s finishing in second and third. Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato finished 2.93 seconds behind the leader.  

 “It's always special to win at Mazda Raceway, and thanks to Freedom Autosport it was a one-two finish at our corporate home track while the Dyson boys scored a great win at their team home track," said Doonan.

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