As an engineering company, it makes sense that Mazda would leverage its world-class prototype racing program to encourage students to think about science, technology, engineering and math in a different way.

Mazda launched its "Racing Accelerates Creative Education" or R.A.C.E. program as an interactive learning forum designed to motivate and engage the next generation of STEM superstars.

The goal is to reach at least a dozen schools across North America as the Motorsports team travels to events on the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Championship schedule.

As part of the curriculum, Mazda is making available the following teaching aids to participating high schools:

- Mazda's TUDOR United Sports Car Championship SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel Prototype show car.

- A powerful, fully illustrated presentation that shows the importance of each one of the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the role they play in motorsports.

Select professional race drivers and engineers from Mazda Motorsports will be on hand to provide real life examples of what it takes to race at the highest level of the sport.

John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports, added,"Whether the students have already expressed an interest in STEM or not, we are convinced that our R.A.C.E. program will demonstrate in an interesting, fun and engaging way how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are central to the success of Mazda on the race track and in the marketplace. More important, by showing them examples of how exciting problem solving can be in the STEM arena, we believe students will be even more motivated to always be curious and open minded."

Mazda has a history of taking the path less trodden and of successfully using technology and engineering in ways that no one else would even consider.

Mazda has completed R.A.C.E presentations in:
  • Deland, FL Deland High School
  • Tampa, FL Middleton High School
  • Wilmington, CA Banning High School and BACIS
  • Sacramento, CA Einstein Middle School
  • Monterey, CA Monterey High School
  • Detroit, MI Detroit Public Schools @ Martin Luther King Jr. High School
  • Whitby, ON, Canada Sinclair Secondary School
  • Watkins Glen, NY Watkins Glen High School
Mazda will complete R.A.C.E presentations in the following markets with details TBA:
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Elkhart Lake, WI
  • Austin, TX
  • Atlanta, GA