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#SaveTheRotary
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 3:26pm

RotaryNews has started the #SaveTheRotary campaign. Based off the old Save The Seven campaign, started in 1999, which was partly responsible for bringing the RX-8 to the US, the #SaveTheRotary campaign aims at reminding Mazda about their grassroots support. If you have a face book account, please use the #SaveTheRotary hash tag, and link to the #Save The Rotary site at the shortened URL: http://re-ne.ws/?str

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Race-winning Mazda 787B Le Mans sportscar earns ‘legend’ status
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 9:10am

Leverkusen, 08 February 2013. The 1991 race-winning rotary-powered Mazda 787B sportscar has been selected as a 'Legend of Le Mans' to take centre stage with 11 other race cars in celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the 24 Hours in June.

Race organisers, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), asked members of the public to join an internet poll to pick one car that best embodied the spirit of Le Mans from each of the 10 decades of the race. More than 20,000 fans cast their votes online.

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Team Sahlen RX-8 GT contends for win on the track!
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:17pm

(06/11/2012) Mid Ohio - Team Sahlen entered the EMCO Gears Classic Event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in high hopes of claiming a 2nd Podium of the year at the Nonnamaker Family’s home track.

Team Sahlen and the Nonnamaker family hosted over 150 guests on race day for the annual cook out party. At the cookout, guests were not only treated to delicious Sahlen Hot Dogs, but with the special bonus of the grilling being done by none other than Joe Sahlen.

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SpeedSource RX-8 GT Captures 4th Place at Mid-Ohio!
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 11:05pm

(06/12/2012) Mid Ohio - Coming off a strong 2nd place finish just a week earlier in Detroit, MI the SpeedSource crew was ready to race again in round 6 of the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Cars Series. This leg of the schedule brought the premier American sports car racing series to the classic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course which is nestled between Columbus and Cleveland, OH. Drivers Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito were no strangers to the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio having driven here in years past. As always, the crew of the #70 Castrol Edge Modspace Mazda RX-8 was focused and ready to carry momentum into Saturday’s race.

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Mazda to Launch EV with Rotary Engine in 2013
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:24pm

SOURCE: JIJI PRESS

Tokyo, June 5 (Jiji Press) --Mazda Motor Corp. will launch next year an electric vehicle that will run on power generated by a rotary engine, company officials said Tuesday.

The power generator-equipped electric vehicle will be leased to government ministries and agencies, they said.

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Detroit Belle Isle event is a "1/2 and 1/2 Creamer" Race for Team Sahlen RX-8 GT Team
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:53am

June 2, 2012 Detroit - The Grand Am Detroit 200 could best be summarized for Team Sahlen as being the best of times and the worst of times.

The race results show that Team Sahlen captured a fine 8th and 9th place finish, with the 2nd fastest race lap. This 9th place finish was the best for the #43 Mazda so far in the 2012 season. The fine result saw the #43 close up on a Top Ten position in the GT Team Championship.

The fantastic result for #43 came from several different combinations of team effort. 1st off, Joe Nonnamaker drove a great race, keeping pace with the lead pack of GT cars. This pace allowed the #43 to stay on the lead lap. Then under caution, the race strategy as well as fine pit stops saw the Mazda lining up to the front on race restarts. As the race wore along, all GT competitors seemed to be suffering from contact with the Street Circuit’s Concrete Walls. The #43 was also not immune to this dilemma, hitting the wall 2x as well. But in the end, perseverance and good pace paid off with the strong 9th place run.

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SpeedSource Regains Momentum with @ 2nd Place Finish at Detroit (Diesel Next Year)
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 10:38am

June 2, 2012 Detroit - The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series rolled into the Motor City for Round 5 of the 2012 season. For the first time in series history, GRAND-AM would race at the historic Belle Isle Park converted street-course in downtown Detroit, MI. Anxious to carry momentum from a strong NJMP showing, the crew of the #70 Castrol Edge Modspace Mazda RX-8 was ready to take on the challenge of a fresh racetrack.

Friday morning greeted the teams with heavy rain. Belle Isle Park challenged all the Rolex Series competitors with rough road surfaces and localized flooding from the heavy rainfall. All teams had to endure the terrible track conditions as well as very limited test time during the A.M. session. Upon exiting pit lane, the #70 Castrol Edge Modspace Mazda RX-8 encountered a large puddle of standing water which stalled the car. Upon re-firing the engine, water ingested through the intake tract hydro-locked the engine forcing the team back to the paddock for a swap. “I’ve never seen anything like that before,” commented David Haskell, Team Technical Director; “there was so much water out there that we actually had a puddle within our air box!”

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Team Sahlen RX-8 GTs makes charge for lead in the Global Barter 250 at New Jersey
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 5:49pm

05/16/2012 New Jersey - Team Sahlen came into the New Jersey weekend with high hopes of repeating the 2011 podium sweep by Mazda. These hopes were heightened when Dane Cameron placed the #42 at the top of the time charts on both Test Day and Practice Day. Wayne further solidified these hopes with a very fine 5th place qualifying effort.


“We came into the weekend with a very nice set up from last year. But we were not satisfied with just running like we did in 2011, so we came into the weekend with several different set up directions, in hopes of finding that last little bit of extra speed. It seems to have worked as we kept pace with many of the new cars in GT this year at the New Jersey event.” – shared Wayne Nonnamaker

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SpeedSource RX-8 GT Races In Global Barter 250
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 5:27pm

05/16/2012 New Jersey - This weekend was the 4th race in the 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Cars Series: Global Barter 250. The SpeedSource team was ready to bounce back from Homestead’s brief finish as the New Jersey weather greeted them with perfect driving conditions.

As the team arrived in the morning, they quickly began prepping the car for testing Thursday and practice Friday. SpeedSource had taken 1st place last year at New Jersey and the team was hoping to keep that a tradition. The #70 Castrol Edge Modspace Mazda RX-8 showed no signs of deviating from this, as they placed P1 on Friday’s practice session. Although the 3rd test session was delayed due to an accident on the track, the #70 car was running great and the team was eager to qualify the next day.

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Mazda Motorsport Australia Boss Allan Horsley Retires!
Submitted by Berny Herrera on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 3:31pm

Australia - May 10, 2012 - Mazda Motorsport and NSW PR manager Allan Horsley today announced his retirement after a hugely successful career with Mazda Australia spanning over 30 years.

Horsley's decision to retire comes after he delivered another motorsport win for Mazda with the Mazda3 MPS dominating the Showroom category, finishing an impressive sixth outright at this year's Targa Tasmania rally.

Successes such as this and an unwavering determination to succeed have defined Horsley's career with Mazda and made him one of Australian motor sports most respected team bosses.

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