Yesterday, we brought you news of the massive shakeup with ALMS and Grand-Am racing, which will have major ramifications for motorsport fans that want an alternative to NASCAR. Among the series announced as part of the merger is Grand-Am’s GX division. Announced in May of 2012, the GX series is essentially as test bed, where cars and technologies not currently in the Rolex series can be developed. This series gives a chance for race organizers to see potential future racing tech in action and provides an opportunity to develop rules that would apply to future tech.
Among those entrants in the new class is the Mazda6, featuring the Japanese automaker’s Skyactiv-D turbodiesel engine. Mazda will be teaming up with race partner SpeedSource to tune and modify the engine for racing use. There will be several teams to run the diesel sedan racecar, including Freedom Autosport, Visit Florida Racing (yes, that’s an actual team name), SpeedSource and Yellow Dragon Racing. The first race that these cars will be seen at the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race on January 26. In the meantime, we can only ogle over the teaser photo of the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D provided provided for our viewing delight.