B-K Motorsports Update: New Tires at Mid-Ohio, Matos confirmed for Petit
It is the mark of honesty when racing partners decide that while they plan to continue, some of the work needs to be done away from the race weekend. Earlier this week B-K Motorsports, Mazda North American Operations and Yokohama Tire Corporation made a collective decision to regroup in their ALMS effort. From the Mid-Ohio weekend through the end of the season, the B-K Motorsports Lola B07/46 Mazda MZR-R will race on Dunlop Tires.
Robert Davis, Senior Vice President, Product Development and Quality, Mazda North American Operations, remarked “The ALMS is one of the most challenging series in the world, and the only top-tier series that has open competition between engine manufactures, chassis builders, and tire companies. Mazda values our long-term relationship with Yokohama Tire Corporation. While we made a collective decision to alter our near-term strategy, it by no means alters our valued partnership with Yokohama Tire which extends to OE fitment tires on many Mazda vehicles. We hope that the use of the Dunlop tires will allow the team to better assess the other key components of our program as we seek to challenge Porsche and Acura.”
Third Driver for Petit Le Mans Confirmed
Raphael Matos, often referred to as the poster boy for the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder has been confirmed for the ALMS Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta on October 4th. Matos will be the third driver joining Ben Devlin and Gerardo Bonilla. Matos has won championships in Skip Barber (2003), Star Mazda (2005), and Atlantics (2007), all steps in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder. Matos has driven with the B-K team in both 2006 and 2007.
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