IMSA: Jonathan Bomarito picks up Mazda opportunity

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Jonathan Bomarito will join the SpeedSource Mazda team for 2015 in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which serves as his return to the team that he drove for from 2010 through 2012.

The American was well in line to secure the GT Le Mans class championship with SRT Motorsports this year in one of the Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs. But he and full-season co-driver Kuno Wittmer were split up at the final race and Wittmer won the title; then the program was pulled on the Monday after the season finale at Petit Le Mans.

Bomarito will be in the No. 70 Mazda SKYACTIV-D prototype. Exact driver pairings are to be determined but are expected to feature the team’s 2014 drivers (Tom Long, Sylvain Tremblay, Tristan Nunez, Joel Miller, Ben Devlin, Tristan Vautier).

“I feel as though I’m coming home to be back with Mazda,” Bomarito said in a release. “It excites me to see what the future holds with SpeedSource and Mazda in the prototype class. This program has been about development, and I’m honored to come on board to add to this collaboration and watch it continue to grow. It’s a great feeling to be back in the No. 70 car with Sylvain Tremblay. It all started for us when we won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2010. I can’t think of a better way to kick off the 2015 race season.”