The pair of Mazda prototypes will sport a new, but familiar look in this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, paying tribute to the 25th anniversary of its overall victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The No. 55 Mazda of Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito and Spencer Pigot will feature the same green-and-orange livery that took Johnny Herbert, Volker Weidler and Bertrand Gachot to victory in a Mazda 787B at Le Mans in 1991.
Tom Long, Joel Miller and Ben Devlin’s No. 70 car, meanwhile, features a similar design, but in Mazda’s current corporate colors of Soul Red, silver and machine grey.
Mazda remains the only Japanese manufacturer to have won Le Mans overall.
For Nunez, who was born in 1995, racing in the famous colors will come as an honor this weekend.
“I may not have been born when they won Le Mans, but being an age where technology is key, there are a lot of videos on the internet of that car!,” Nunez said. “I’ve been watching the 787B for years – even before I got picked up by Mazda.
“It’s one of those cars that really captures your eye – and the sound that rotary motor made!
“It’s going to be an honor to run that paint scheme. I won’t see the car until it rolls off the trailers at the Glen, but I assure you it’s going to be an emotional moment for a lot of people, myself included.”
In addition to the throwback liveries, each of the drivers will be wearing special firesuits that echo the uniforms from 1991, with a set of the uniforms set to be auctioned off to benefit Mazda’s “Drive for Good’ charitable and philanthropic program.