Prototypes will return to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway next week, in what could prove to be a crucial test for teams, manufacturers and IMSA as they look to find solutions from the recent incident-filled TUDOR United SportsCar Championship preseason test.
One of the worst kept secrets in the sports car racing paddock was made official Thursday morning, as Mazda announced that it will enter next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car factory P2 program utilizing SKYACTIV-D technology.
The Japanese manufacturer, which spent the past season campaigning Mazda6 race cars in the now-defunct GX category, will utilize the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel power plant in the back of Lola-based prototype chassis for the 2014 TUDOR Championship season.
After racing Porsches since its inception nearly a decade ago, a new chapter for Flying Lizard Motorsports will begin next year, as the California-based team makes the switch to a new manufacturer for the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The two-time American Le Mans Series GT class champions, which also won this year’s GTC teams’ title, announced Monday that it will campaign two Audi R8 LMS cars in the GT Daytona category.