2014

TO: Spec Miata Participants FR: SCCA, NASA, Mazda Motorsports, and the Spec Miata Working Group RE: Class Intent, Direction and Regulations DT: December 19, 2014 Mazda, SCCA, and NASA wish to thank the hundreds of SM drivers and owners who have provided their helpful feedback. With it, we have been able to investigate and reflect […]”

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Rebuilding a racecar after a massive wreck isn’t a task for the faint of heart, especially in the space of a few days at a racetrack. Derrick Ambrose saved his Runoffs week doing just that. The Runoffs hadn’t even officially started, and already Derrick Ambrose was facing a racer’s nightmare. “The first session, the car […]”

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Comparing throttle position and speed can reveal several facts about a driver’s habits and areas that need improvement. MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development recently hosted an online data acquisition seminar with Mazda racer Randy Pobst and AiM Sports Training Manager Roger Caddell. During the seminar they covered several topics about using data to improve driver performance. We’ll […]”

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Racers like the idea of a Global MX-5 Cup, and especially another opportunity for young drivers to prove themselves. Unveiled a month ago at the SEMA Show, the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup series has generated a lot of interest even though the first race of the new series and the fourth-generation MX-5 racecar are more […]”

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National Auto Sport Association’s new NASA Prototype series will feature Élan  Technologies chassis and sealed Mazda 2.0-liter powerplant. The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) has unveiled a new prototype series that will make its debut in fall of 2015. Known as the NASA Prototype (NP) series, it a collaborative effort between NASA and Élan Technologies […]”

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Mazda Enters Third Decade of Open-Wheel Racing with Addition of Indy Lights December 11, 2014 (INDIANAPOLIS) — Mazda announced the addition of Mazda-power in the all-new 2015 Dallara Indy Lights chassis at the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show. This was the latest development in its ongoing commitment to motorsports, which includes the Mazda […]”

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New Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires car will feature Mazda MZR-R engine when it hits the track in 2015. Mazda has for several years powered the first two rungs of the Mazda Road to Indy ladder and provided support for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series – including funding the […]”

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Two drivers at the Runoffs got professional coaching with good results from different approaches. It’s generally accepted that coaching can help even the most advanced of racing drivers. There is always a different way to look at things, and even if you’re fast, considering all the options might make you even faster. Two drivers at […]”

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James Wilson drives his B-Spec Mazda2 to the racetrack, races it, then drives home. There was a time when racers drove their cars to the track, pulled out all the stuff that they didn’t need to go fast, raced, packed up the car and drove home. For B-Spec Mazda2 racer James Wilson, those times are […]”

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Team RDR and RJ Racing take the E2 and E3 victories, respectively; Factory Guys claim battle over dealers. After 25 hours of racing, the 12th edition of America’s longest endurance sports car race is in the books. While no Mazda was in contention for overall victory at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by […]”

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Vacaville. Calif. racer awarded $100,000 scholarship prize to compete in the 2015 Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. After half a day of presentations, grilling by judges and a day of lapping on a very wet and slick Buttonwillow Raceway Park West Course, Kyle Loustaunau emerged as the winner of the biggest […]”

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Vacaville California Racer Awarded $100,000 Scholarship Package to Compete In the 2015 Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires December 4, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) This past Tuesday was a wet and wild day at Buttonwillow Raceway Park with eight championship-level club racers chasing a $100,000 scholarship package, the largest prize in all of […]”

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MAZDA MOTORSPORTS TAKES ON NORTH AMERICA’S LONGEST ROAD-RACE Mazda Dealers Versus Factory Guys, Part II:  This Time It’s Personal December 3, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) — Last year, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) threw down the gauntlet, entering three modified-for-racing-but-otherwise-stock Mazda6s in the longest endurance race in America, the National Auto Sport Association (NASA)’s 25 Hours […]”

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Mazda Motorsports takes on America’s longest road race, once again pitting MNAO employees against dealers. The National Auto Sport Association’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill Presented by Hawk Performance, taking place this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif., continues to attract a host of professional racers and factory teams to the longest endurance racing […]”

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The 2014 SCCA Touring 4 National Champion sells Mazdas when he’s not racing them. The old motorsports saying, “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” doesn’t get any more applicable than in the case of Daniel Bender. In this circumstance, he’s the one doing the winning, in a Touring 4 Mazda MX-5, then selling MX-5s – […]”

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Joshua Allan and Lee Papageorge have taken two different routes to NASA’s PTD class, both with positive results. For any given destination there are multiple paths. Some are more scenic, some are more interesting and some are just, well, faster. Joshua Allan and Lee Papageorge both race Mazdas in the National Autosport Association’s (NASA) Performance […]”

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Jonathan Goodale’s 12A-powered GT-Lite MX-5 carried him to a podium finish at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. One of the great things about SCCA’s Grand Touring classes, more commonly known as GT, is the versatility. With tube frame chassis covered by fiberglass, aluminum or carbon fiber body panels, the cars can be chameleons – one kind […]”

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Ben Anderson won the NASA Eastern States Championships Performance Touring E title in a ’91 RX-7. Ben Anderson may not have lived the dream of being a professional racing driver, but he’s been fortunate to have found a few people that are happy to let him drive their cars and even has a National Auto […]”

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Ducts designed to get maximum air to the front brakes can help prevent a mushy pedal. There’s nothing worse than a mushy brake pedal, especially as you hit the braking zone at the end of a long straight, like into Turn 1 at Road America. A mushy brake pedal is usually caused by overheating brakes […]”

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Aaron Telitz, the 2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda Rookie of the Year, along with Skip Barber racer Michai Stephens, was chosen to represent the U.S. in the Team USA Scholarship, which is supported by Mazda and many others in the motorsports industry. They spent a few weeks in the UK, racing at […]”

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All three ladder series – Indy Lights, Pro Mazda Championship and USF2000 Championship – to feature expanded calendars. As interest continues to grow in the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the new Dallara IL-15 Indy Lights car, the Mazda Road to Indy schedules recently announced will highlight the month of May in Indianapolis. […]”

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Field Narrowed to Eight Racers competing for the biggest prize in club racing, the $75,000 scholarship to compete in the Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich. The eight finalists for the Mazda Club Racer Shootout, which awards the biggest prize in club racing, have been named.  Since 2007 Mazda has annually promoted one […]”

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Team USA Scholarship winner Michai Stephens relates his experience racing in the UK and some of the lessons he learned. Michai Stephens was one of two young American racers chosen to represent the U.S. in the 2014 Team USA Scholarship program, which sends deserving young racers to compete overseas. The program is supported by Mazda […]”

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