Motor Sports Photo Library

Motor Sports Photo Library
4. In 1984, Mazda claimed its fifth straight manufacturer's title - an IMSA record.
Motor sport challenges in Europe
Racing rivalries in Japan
Motor sports in the U.S.A
Rallying and other challenges
The Road to Le Mans
Racing rotaries of today
Chapter 3: Mortor sports in the U.S.A(4/7)
4. In 1984, Mazda claimed its fifth straight manufacturer's title - an IMSA record.

  In 1984, Ira Young, owner of the Malibu Grand Prix racing team in the US, bought Jim Downing's 1982 champion RX-7 and continued to race it in the GTU class. His main driver was Jack Baldwin, with Young himself as co-driver for endurance events. Together, they won the first round Daytona 24-hour race. Baldwin didn't retire from any of the season's 17 races, managing a top-five finish in all but one, and was duly crowned champion. Thanks to the RX-7, Mazda surpassed Porsche's record by becoming the first manufacturer in IMSA history to win five consecutive titles.

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