The Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Takes the Top Spot at Indy

August 2nd, 2013 by

2013 Mazda6 SportAfter four decades of racing, Mazda has scored a victory that has eluded them for many years: a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The #70 SpeedSource Castrol Edge Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel was the car that achieved this feat in the GX class, marking the first time that a diesel engine has won at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And, believe it or not, the vehicle that took home the victory is not so different than the 2014 Mazda6 production model you can find at dealerships across the country like Biggers Mazda in Elgin!

A Winner, Plain and Simple

This is the fifth time in a row that the new Mazda6 has been victorious. Driver Sylvain Tremblay edged out Porsche in the final 47 laps of the three-hour race, and did not give up the lead. The race at Indy was the third and final round of the Grand-Am North America Endurance Championship. The first round in this series was the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which was followed by the Sahlen’s Six Hour at Watkins Glen. The SpeedSource Mazda took the the team champion title in the GX class.

Tom Long, the co-driver on this impressive Mazda6, summed up the experience of finally taking the top spot at Indy. “The race with our SKYACTIV-D Mazda6 was certainly exciting, and the SpeedSource team worked so hard to persevere,” Long said. “It’s an incredible experience to share this first victory at Indy with Mazda and the entire team.”

Mazda wanted to prove how durable and dependable their vehicles really are by equipping the SKYACTIV-D Mazda6 with a production-based engine. By making the engine 51 percent stock by parts count as well as 63 percent stock by weight, consumers will be able to own much of the same technology used in the racing world.

Experience the Mazda6 For Yourself

Although most drivers will never get behind the wheel of a performance vehicle on the racetrack, it doesn’t mean that they can’t own an automobile with similar features. Here at Biggers Mazda in Elgin, drivers can take the stunning production models from the latest Mazda lineup for test drives. Stop by today and try one out!

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