Our Mazda prototype had crossed French and American flags in tribute to those lost in the Paris attacks.

The off-season is a busy time for testing, and last week we had one of our SpeedSource Mazda Prototypes at Daytona International Speedway to further develop the program going into 2016. It was exciting because not only was it my first time getting to drive the new gas-powered engine we’ve been testing, but we also had Spencer Pigot, who is the 2015 Indy Lights Mazda Road To Indy champion, joining us for his first time behind the wheel of the Mazda Prototype.

My initial impressions of the engine were incredible. The car is a lot of fun to drive and it’s really gotten us excited for the 2016 IMSA season! Just like any development that we do, teething and fine-tuning are always critical components to a successful program. Of course, SpeedSource always rises to the challenge when it comes to development.

With the winter ahead, the SpeedSource team will be hard at work doing further development as we approach the Roar Before the 24 test days at Daytona, which will be here before we know it. In the meantime, I hope everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving! I certainly have a lot to be thankful for!

Watch Sylvain Tremblay talk about the new car to Racer, and ride onboard for a lap of Daytona with Tristan Nunez.