While left without a ride this weekend following the withdrawal of the second Mazda SKYACTIV prototype, Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez have landed a last-minute drive in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The factory Mazda duo will team up in a second Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 in Saturday’s two-hour and 30-minute race, following a late deal to enter ST class car.
Bomarito and Nunez will have a single 45-minute practice session to get up to speed prior to qualifying this evening.
It will mark both drivers’ first Continental Tire Challenge race of the season.
“Obviously we’re in a terrific points battle for ST,” Mazda Motorsports director John Doonan told Sportscar365. “With those guys not racing in the TUDOR Championship we talked about it overnight.
“Freedom [Autosport] had brought two cars to give Liam [Dwyer] a bunch of extra time on the promoter test day yesterday. So the car was sitting here and I said let’s put those guys in and help the manufacturers championship.
“I’m really excited about it and I think they are too. It’s kind of fun.”