TINCKNELL JOINS MAZDA TEAM JOEST FOR AMERICAN CAMPAIGN
28 Nov 2017
Harry will race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018 alongside a parallel program in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Harry Tincknell will race in the top class of American Sportscar racing with Mazda Team Joest next season. The 26-year-old will race a Mazda RT24-P in the Prototype category, allowing him to compete for overall wins at some of the most prestigious Sportscar races in the world including the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours.
Tincknell joins longtime Mazda drivers Jonathan Bomarito, Tristan Nuñez and Spencer Pigot while British racer Oliver Jarvis and German touring car champion Rene Rast complete the line up.
2018 will mark the first season of Mazda Motorsports’ partnership with Joest Racing. Mazda is the third most successful manufacturer in IMSA racing history while Joest Racing has been dominant at Le Mans in recent years, winning the 24 hour race an incredible 15 times.
Whilst racing in IMSA, Tincknell will continue to drive the Ford GTE in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which he finished 3rd in the GTE Pro class in 2017 with Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK.
While having raced exclusively in the GTE class in 2017, Tincknell is no stranger to Prototype machinery, having won the LMP2 class at Le Mans on his debut in 2014 and the European Le Mans Series driver’s title in 2016.
Harry Tincknell (GB):
“I am really honored to be able to race for Mazda Team Joest this season in the WeatherTech Championship. The whole Mazda team has put in so much effort and made a lot of progress in every area and I am very thankful to everyone who has helped put this deal together. After my first test in the car I can’t wait to see how we get on at the first race in Daytona. The Mazda RT24-P DPi has taken huge strides over the winter and I immediately felt comfortable in the car. I know the championship is very competitive and it will be a tough fight, but the spirit of the whole team is so determined and I’m ready to grab this opportunity with both hands.”
Harry's first race with Mazda will be the Rolex Daytona 24 Hours on the 27th-28th January 2018.