For over a century, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has hosted more race cars than one can count thanks to the annual Indy 500. But this weekend, when it hosts the Grand-Am Brickyard Grand Prix, the track will emit the sound of a rotary engine for its very first time.
It’s hard to believe that a rotary engine has never competed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Mazda will change all of that on Friday when the Brickyard hosts the Grand-Am GT class RX-8s from SpeedSource, Dempsey Racing, and Team Sahlen. Of course nothing would be more satisfying than taking home a win at Indy with a rotary-powered race car.
“Mazda has been proud to be a partner of the Indy community via the Mazda Road to Indy for several years now. Having our cars race on the IMS track is an exceptional honor for us. Mazda has wins at Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, Spa, and many other world famous tracks. Now we can strive to add Indy to that win list”, noted John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations.
Mazda will also have multiple Mazdaspeed 3s and MX-5s competing in the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge as part of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. After eight of the 13 races in the Grand-Am GT championship, the Japanese automaker is ranked third among eight manufacturers. Its last manufacturer’s championship was in 2010.
Mazda looks to continue making history next year, when it introduces its SkyActiv-D diesel racing engines for the Grand Am Series.