Homestead Notes: SpeedSource Posts Solid Run at Homestead
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Homestead-Miami Speedway - At the team's home track, SpeedSource put the victory of Daytona behind them and focused on last Saturday's Gainsco Grand Prix of Miami for the Rolex Sports Car Series. In this DP-GT combined race, traffic and yellow flags set the tone for the day. From fourth on the GT grid, the No. 70 Mazdaspeed/Castrol Syntec GT RX-8 felt the impact of the traffic, taking a bump at the start that lost the rotary powerhouse 5 positions on the first lap. Hearing the news of the incident, team owner and driver Sylvain Tremblay just shook his head. The race would take everything Tremblay and veteran driver Nick Ham could give.
Tremblaysummed up the day. Nick did a great job during his stint to battle back and get us into contention. Our pit strategy served us well and some good restarts put us in third with 5 minutes to go. We seemed poised for a podium finish, but contact again lost us two positions. Fifth is a solid finish, but disappointing. We had a podium car, but couldn't get there today.

Choosing to start at the back of the field to take advantage of an engine change, the FXDD No. 69 of Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal worked up through the 26-car GT field, posting a remarkable run to take 8th place at the checker.

Putting the Homestead finish in perspective, Tremblay said, Even though we came up short, we will always have the will to never give up. 2008 can be a season to be proud of if we keep our heads down and focus. With the support of our new partners, castrol Syntec, Fresh From Florida, and Cobra Powersports, this zoom-zoom team will come to the track ready to win.

About SpeedSource SpeedSourceRace Engineering's 2008 GT Mazda RX-8 campaign is supported by Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development, Mazda North American Operations, Castrol Syntec, Fresh From Florida, Road & Track, Racing Hart, Sparco, Motec, Hawk Performance Brakes, Dynamic Suspensions, Mothers Wax and Polish, Goodridge, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Cobra Powersports, and Mechanix Wear.
On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle. At the track, you'll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, RX-7 and other vintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the Soul of a Sports Car. In fact, the largest road-racing class in the world is Spec Miata, with more than 1,500 first- and second-generation Miatas tearing up America's racetracks, making it the most-raced production car in the world. Mazda's involvement in motorsports extends to its relationship with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the world's premier road-racing circuits, and the Skip Barber Schools for driving and racing.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario, Canada, and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.