Finally! Mazda Scores DPi Win at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
No. 911 Porsche wins GTLM; No. 86 Acura wins GTD
After a series of heartbreaks and adversity for Mazda’s prototype program over the years and since going all-in by aligning with Team Joest in 2018, the resilient outfit finally had its day in New York by scoring a 1-2 finish at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
The heartwarming victory was the highlight of the incredible six-hour race held on Sunday and broadcast on NBCSN. It served as redemption for driver Harry Tincknell, who appeared destined to break Mazda’s drought at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca last September before a late mistake in traffic took him out of the lead. It also served a validation of the hard work put in by the team led by John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations.
It was Tincknell who brought the win home for Mazda Team Joest, making an excellent pass on Juan Pablo Montoya to take the lead late in the race. He was joined on the podium by co-drivers Oliver Pla and Jonathan Bomarito. Teammate Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest DPi that he co-drives with Tristan Nunez and Timo Bernhard also got around the Team Penske Acura to make it a 1-2 finish for the Japanese marque.
The GT Le Mans class was tightly contested with the No. 911 Porsche GT driven by Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy scoring the victory. They edged Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette and Richard Westbrook and Joey Hand in the No. 66 Ford.
The No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 was victorious in GT Daytona with a great run by co-drivers Mario Farnbacher, Trent Hindman and Justin Marks. Nine teams all finished on the same lead lap. The Meyer Shank Racing drivers were joined on the podium by second-place No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW drivers Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern and No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 drivers Toni Vilander, Jeff Westphal and Cooper MacNeil.
LMP2 honors went to the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports drivers Matthew McMurry, Gabriel Aubry and Eric Lux.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship continues on in consecutive weekends with the Mobil1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura taking place at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 5-7. The race will be broadcast live on NBC on Sunday, July 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PT.
The penultimate race of the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship takes place at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca on September 13-15. The 50th anniversary of IMSA will also be honored at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion on August 15-18. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here or calling 831-242-8200.