Mazda's storied past meets the future.
Zoom-zoom into the past, as Mazda Motorsports unwraps a tribute to its rich racing history: the Heritage Collection program. But it's not just a nostalgic nod to the past. This collection is a vibrant intersection where yesteryears' legendary cars and today's racing fans meet.
At the heart of the Heritage Collection is Mazda's growing collaboration with Flis Performance, the talented minds behind the Mazda MX-5 Cup cars for the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup championship since 2020. With its origins rooted in grassroots racing, Flis Performance is poised to take the Heritage Collection to the racing echelons it deserves.
Daytona Beach's Flis Performance isn't a novice in the high-octane world of motorsports. The duo, Todd and Troy Flis, come from a legacy spanning over three decades. The spirit of Daytona Racing? That's their brainchild. Their achievements include a 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona win and two GRAND-AM champion titles.
As Jonathan Applegate, Mazda Motorsports Senior Manager, puts it, "Flis is the group we wanted on this project.” Applegate is confident that the impeccable attention to detail and unmatched professionalism of Flis Performance will enthrall Mazda aficionados.
In Flis Performance's vault are a bevy of historic gems: from the 1989 Mazda 767B-002, which graced the 24 Hours of Le Mans winner’s circle, to the scintillating 1992 Mazda RX-792P-001.
Todd Flis, with unmistakable pride, shares, "It's an immense honor to steward these iconic cars.” The enthusiasm doesn't end there. The Flis team is all geared up to present these refurbished legends, fine-tuned and ready to blaze the track once more.
The curtains will be lifted off the Mazda Motorsports Heritage Collection this fall. The venue? Two adrenaline-charged HSR events. First, the racetrack that needs no introduction, Daytona International Speedway, from November 2 – 5. And then, Sebring International Raceway will play host from December 1 – 3. In a thrilling twist, the 767B and RX7 GTO will not just be on display but will race again, while local Mazda dealers add to the excitement with a slew of activities.
For car enthusiasts and history buffs alike, this blend of Mazda's legacy and future promises unparalleled thrill. Mark your calendars, for history is about to race again!