Mazda Bullish About Sebring Chances

While doing a one-off entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans isn't far-fetched given the caliber of Mazda Team Joest, the possibility of having compatible rules and regulations for DPi (Daytona Prototype International) cars between IMSA and World Endurance Championship (WEC) would be something appealing to the Japanese automaker—a universal regulation of sorts. This would allow not only Mazda, but the likes of Toyota and other teams to cross-schedule events and participate in iconic races like the Rolex 24, Sebring, Le Mans, Fuji, and others without needing to build two cars or run two different organizations.

"The last couple of years the ACO with WEC and IMSA have crossed events and teams like at the 12 Hours of Sebring, so I think when it comes to balance of performance (BOP) in the USA I think [it] is good right now," said Moro-San. "From my point of view DPi format is very cost-friendly for the team, so that's good. This means that more teams can come and join, which is important for the series."

"I hope this year the FIA thinks about how they can bring more teams to the series, and we [Mazda] are hoping that the regulations [across series] become much closer. I hope there's a universal regulation—I think it'd be a good formula for global racing—but this is also a very political thing. It would be great not just for me, but also Mazda fans, they're always cheering us every time," added Moro-San.

Source : https://www.thedrive.com/accelerator/26986/mazda-ceo-team-joest-must-win-imsa-championship-before-thinking-about-le-mans

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