Mazda Execs Bring Their Own Zoom-zoom

You know the Mazda catch phrase - "Zoom-Zoom" - well the higher ups at the Japanese auto makers are zooming in a fun little race held to show off how fun a brand Mazda really is.

Here's a break down of the who's who and what they drove: Weldon Munsey, director of dealer affairs, piloted a 1992 GTP rotary-engine powered GTP racer - the American equivalent of the class of race cars that run at LeMans. The car is powered by a 2.3-liter, four-rotor rotary engine generating 638 horsepower. Munsey took first place in his class of other GTP cars of the era with the fastest time.

Communications director Jeremy Barnes drove a 1962 Lotus 22 formula racer to the top qualifying time in his class. The British PR person was slow out of the gate, allowing a gap of road to open up between him and the pack of roughly 30 vintage formula race cars from 1958-1962 distance themselves from Barnes' red No. 88 car.

Barnes and Munsey might have been the only execs on the track, but they weren't alone at the course.

In the pit were Mazda CEO Jim O'Sullivan, senior VP and R&D head Robert Davis, and VP of government and public affairs, Jay Amestoy.

Davis didn't participate in the competition, but he gets plenty of racing in on his own. He owns a team called Robert Davis Racing that races spec Mazda RX-8's in competition.

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Source:
http://www.autonews.com/article/20100813/BLOG06/100819919/-1
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