Idemitsu Congratulates Mazda Motorsports USA on a Spectacular Finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona
Mazda Car #55 Secures Another Podium Finish in Rolex 24 at Daytona
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Feb. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation (ILAC), a key sponsor of Mazda Motorsports USA, congratulates the team on a nail-biting finish that put Mazda Motorsports Car #55 on the podium in slot #3 at Sunday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Overcoming initial setbacks, the Mazda Motorsports Car #55 roared into the third position at Daytona this past weekend in the 24-hour battle for victory. Car #55, sponsored by Idemitsu Lubricants America as The Official Oil Partner, tapped into serious performance with a 1:34:876 Best Lap, which beat both best laps of the 1 and 2 teams, Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 (1:35:253) and Ally Cadillac Racing (1:34:918), respectively.
Driver Oliver Jarvis had this to say about the race, “We thought the win might be there at the end. The team gave an incredible effort to make up three laps in the second half of the race, putting us back in contention. Our focus now shifts to a win at Sebring.”
The 807-lap event ended for Mazda Motorsports in a 6.562-second gap out of first place and less than two-second gap out of second.
“We are very excited about the partnership and we’re chomping at the bit to see what else #55 can do. We’ve got our eyes set on the future and the greatness ahead for this team,” said Bob Hashmi, head of marketing at Idemitsu Lubricants America.
Mazda’s Car No. 55 showcases the red-and-white Idemitsu-inspired livery and features Idemitsu’s recently refreshed and modernized logo. The 55 Car has a historic meaning to Mazda and Idemitsu, explains Bob Hashmi, “55 is the number of the Mazdaspeed Co. Ltd's Mazda 787B, which won the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans in partnership with Idemitsu.”
Idemitsu Lubricants America is the Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) official factory-fill lubricants partner and the bulk oil program supplier for the Genuine Mazda Premium Oil Program, as well as a primary Mazda Motorsports USA sponsor.