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Bomarito Returns to Mazda for 2015

Jonathan Bomarito returns to SpeedSource program for 2015…

Photo: Mazda

Photo: Mazda

Jonathan Bomarito is the first of the former SRT Motorsports drivers to find a new home for 2015, and in doing so, he’s going back home to SpeedSource Mazda.

The Californian will share the No. 70 Mazda SKYACTIV-D prototype next season in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, with Sylvain Tremblay stepping back from full-time driving to focus more on team management.

Bomarito, Tom Long, Tristan Nunez and Joel Miller will be the four full-season drivers with Tremblay and Ben Devlin continuing on as third drivers in the endurance races.

Exact pairings will be confirmed after preseason testing.

For Bomarito, it’s a chance to return to a team where from 2010 through 2012, he amassed 13 podium finishes and four victories, including the 2010 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GT class.

“I feel as though I’m coming home to be back with Mazda,” Bomarito said. “It excites me to see what the future holds with SpeedSource and Mazda in the prototype class.

“This program has been about development, and I’m honored to come on board to add to this collaboration and watch it continue to grow. It’s a great feeling to be back in the No. 70 car with Sylvain Tremblay.

“It all started for us when we won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2010. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the 2015 race season.”

Tremblay added: “The racer in me only wants to drive.  But the team owner knows that developing a program like the SKYACTIV-D Mazda Prototype requires every person to operate at their highest level. 

“We’re thrilled to have Jonathan back with SpeedSource.  I’m happy that I will remain as his co-driver as we both want at least another couple of Rolex watches.”

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

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Sabrean

    October 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Unless those Mazda P2s make huge improvements over the winter, I think this is a bad move. I suppose he may have had no other options though after the Viper program got canned, which would be quite sad.

  2. powderedtoast

    October 29, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Well at least he found a “factory” ride: the red caboose.

  3. Travis

    October 29, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    Guy gets a full full season ride in a factory team and instead of being happy for him all people here do is troll Mazda.

    • Matt

      October 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Its barely a factory team and more like an embarrassing failure. Its been 2 years and they still can’t get the engine to run right. Complete waste of talent, racing a car this slow.

      • Travis

        October 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        Thanks Matt for proving my point.

    • Doug

      October 29, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      Indeed even if they are not racing for wins, this is a good move for him. And Mazda should be faster next year, the engine has come a long ways since they couldn’t get to sunset in the first Daytona 24 a year and a half ago.

  4. The Brad

    October 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Good stuff Bom. Great to see Syl and Ben in for the Haywood Cup races.

  5. Mike

    October 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Can they get the diesels out of road racing? Sorry but I’m never buying a diesel in a road car. Theyre just plain boring.

    • Issac

      October 29, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Yeah the likes Audi and Mazda are going to ditch millions spent on racing because one guy on the Internet sees himself as “to good” buy a diesel. FYI they don’t care if you are going to buy one or not plenty of other people will.

  6. Chase

    October 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Still don’t really understand why Mazda desided to race a production block. They had to have spent more money making it competitive then it would have cost to just build a race block from scratch. The thing is slow and unreliable still

    • Chad

      October 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      The regs call for a production based engine in lmp2. They already made an exception to allow diesel.

    • D.O.G.

      October 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Here’s another thing: P2 and DP engine rules are for production blocks and heads, but the internals can be free. Tremblay and Mazda’s Doonan claim that the engine is using most of its stock components from the factory to be tuned as a racing engine.

  7. D.O.G.

    October 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Sad to see Tremblay sit, but HUGELY stoked for Bomarito. They were a dynamite combo in the Rolex Series.

  8. JohnRamella

    October 29, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Dagys doesn’t have any problem w/ wild speculation regarding hard times for IMSA teams – where’s the article on Audi pulling out of WEC? I guess he’s too busy crying.

    • Dan

      October 29, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      And here ladies and gentlemen is a shining example of a troll.

  9. Andy Flinn

    November 3, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    J. Bom is a class act who will be racing for a great team. I wish them all the best in 2015.

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