On Thursday, during the Rolex 24 qualifiers in Daytona, Mazda Team Joest 77, run by Oliver Jarvis, landed on the pole, and broke a track record for the circuit. This record has been for 26 years, set in 1993 by the AAR Toyota team. Now you can see how manic is that 1 minute 33.68 second lap is from inside the car with this full video on board.
Mazda Qualified on Pole for Daytona 24, and broke the bloody record in the Process
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This feat is even more impressive when considering where Mazda's team comes from. This prototype of IMSA started for the Japanese manufacturer five years ago when the team ranks last in the Daytona 24 network in 2014. Not last in the prototype but last even after GT cars. With the change of engine, chassis, tire manufacturer, driver model, class regulations, and the Speedsource exchange for Le Mans Joest team, Mazda went from worst to first.
Mazda Ranking Time in Daytona in 2014? Incredibly slow 1 minute 49,734 second lap. For five years, with all these changes, the Mazda prototype has "found" 16.04 seconds.
Now, to see if the team can keep everything together and produce such a speed during the 24-hour race this Saturday.