Behind the Scenes with SpeedSource Race Engineering
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SpeedSource Race Engineering is one of the largest road racing teams in the country. Established in 1995 by Sylvain Tremblay, SpeedSource Race Engineering provides full race services and custom components to both amateur and professional series drivers. With support from Mazdaspeed and Mazda USA, SpeedSource and their customers have captured hundreds of wins and dozens of championship titles. This season, the 2004 and 2005 Grand-Am Cup ST Champions hope to score another crown with their newly designed Mazda RX-8. They are also developing the Mazda RX-8 GT for the Rolex Series and running selected races throughout the season. In its second race, the RX-8 GT proved to be a strong and worthy competitor against the Pontiac GTO.R and Porsche GT3 Cup. David Haskell and Sylvain Tremblay took second at the Grand Prix of Miami in March in their No. 70 Mazda RX-8 GT.

SpeedSource Race Engineering's 12,000 square-foot facility is nestled on 1.6 acres in Sunrise, Florida and houses over 20 race-prepared cars. At the time of my visit, SpeedSource had already built fourteen Mazda RX-8 ST cars, with plans to build three ST and four GT RX-8s. "Mazda makes practical sports cars that are lightweight and nimble with great rotary engines," explained Sylvain. "Our primary focus right now is to build and develop the Mazda RX-8 Our people are dedicated to building the best race cars. Everything is done in-house except for body and paint work."

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