Analysis: Long Beach a Success for Mazda and IMSA Balance of Performance

Unfortunately for Wayne Taylor Racing, their second consecutive Long Beach victory has largely been overshadowed by the Mazdas’ return to form and the questionable driving of Porsche’s Fred Makowiecki. Ricky and Jordan Taylor both drove fantastic stints and earned the first win for a Daytona Prototype in 2016. The Mazdas, finishing 4th and 5th, showed that they finally have the pace to race with the DP cars, beating the Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 handily in the process. This fulfills the promise of their new gasoline-fueled engine, just in time for their home race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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