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Pigot, Devlin Confirmed for Mazda at Daytona

Pigot, Devlin confirmed for Mazda at Rolex 24…

Photo: Mazda

Photo: Mazda

As anticipated, Spencer Pigot and Ben Devlin will complete the lineups in the pair of Mazda Motorsports Mazda Prototypes for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Pigot will make his second Rolex 24 start, first since 2013, sharing the No. 55 car with Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez. He enters for his first Prototype start after testing the team’s new AER gasoline engine in November.

“Because I had done a full season with the Indy Lights car with Mazda turbo power, I was able to get comfortable with the power and downforce of the Prototype pretty quickly,” Pigot said.

“Driving in the Daytona 24 Hours is a new experience for me which I’m very excited about. Mazda have been a huge part of my career and I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to drive in the Rolex 24.”

Devlin, a Mazda veteran, returns for a third consecutive year at Daytona and will share the team’s No. 70 entry with Tom Long and Joel Miller. Devlin also partnered with Marino Franchitti and Butch Leitzinger to win the 2009 Petit Le Mans in a Mazda-powered LMP2 car.

“My expectations are always high at the beginning of year,” Devlin said. “But this year I think is going to be one to remember. I know I’m the old guy, but I can fill my role after driving these type of cars for over 15 years.

“I want to pass my experience on to the young guns, and I believe I still have the speed and, most importantly, consistency to help the team succeed.”

The team’s new livery is expected to be revealed this weekend. The team hasn’t confirmed its lineup for the remainder of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup rounds as yet.

Additionally, these confirmations rule out James Hinchcliffe driving in the Rolex 24 with Mazda, as he has done the last three seasons.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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