Rolex 24 at Daytona: 1979 Mazda RX-7 – GTU killer

35 years ago: the RX-7

35 years ago: the RX-7

In 1979, Mazda took the sports car world by storm with a class win in the 24 Hours at Daytona.  Although the two RX-7’s qualified far down the grid, they moved through the field with a combination of agile handling and durability.  Finishing fifth overall against tough competition, the rotary-engined RX-7 made an indelible stamp on the American racing scene in its first major race.  The RX-7 was also of its kind to win at Daytona (Mazda had a class win with an RX-3 in 1975), and victory at Daytona set the stage for Mazda’s triumphant rotary victory at Le Mans in 1991.



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