The category IMSA of the United States will lose a major player: Mazda, who announced his decision to withdraw from the endurance specialty after the 2021 tournament.
Thus, the Japanese brand turns its back on the new joint project between IMSA and the Wec that will allow the brands that participate in the American series to run the World Endurance and 24 Hours of Le Mans with the prototypes LMDh.
Although the LMDh rules will be implemented in 2023, a year later than originally planned, Mazda decided to lower the curtain on its participation in long-duration races, something that it already advanced this year when it enlisted a single vehicle in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
“After five years of participating in the IMSA DPi series, Mazda chose to end its program with the closing of the 2021 season with the Motul Petit Le Mans race in October. This was determined after an internal evaluation of the current DPi series and the future LMDh series ”, explained the Japanese manufacturer, who also announced that from 2022 its efforts in motorsports will focus on the MX-5 Cup.
After a 2019 that included three victories of the Mazda RT24-P (Watkins Glen, Mosport and Road America), the most significant triumph of the program was achieved in 2020 by winning the 12 Hours of Sebring with Jonathan Bomarito, Harry Tincknell y Ryan Hunter-Reay as pilots.