Dyson Racing were content with second and third on the LMP2 grid ahead of the 2009 Sebring 12 Hours, the team hailing it as Mazda's best ever qualifying performance.
Mazda have been stalwart contenders in the American Le Mans Series over the years as engine suppliers, but their link-up with Dyson Racing and Lola is proving to be their most competitive relationship yet.
As such, while they weren't able to prise pole position from Acura, the team were pleased to be lining up alongside them ahead of the endurance race.
“We are pleased to give Mazda their strongest LMP2 Sebring qualifying effort,” team owner and driver Chris Dyson said. “Their engagement in motorsports is second to none. We were at MAZDASPEED a couple of weeks ago, and most every Mazda executive there had their own race cars. Competition on the race track defines their company.”
The Dyson, Guy Smith and Andy Lally Dyson Lola-Mazda will start eighth on the grid overall, with the Ben Devlin, Butch Leitzinger and Marino Franchitti machine lining up 11th.