Mazda drivers and champions support their roots.
Beginning today, a new feature on mazdamotorsports.com called BEHIND THE ZOOM will bring Mazda’s champions and professionals onto your screen to break down the tracks on which you race to help you be better. To name a few: Road Atlanta, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Sonoma Raceway, and VIRginia International Raceway.
With turn-by-turn track descriptions supported by track maps, on-board video, setup information, data and forums, it will be a way for racers to learn a track before they drive it, and for racers with experience on a given track to perhaps look at it in some new ways.
The dozen drivers who will bring you this insight have more than 175 years of collective racing experience, a combined century of professional coaching and more than 75 championships at all levels of racing, from SCCA and NASA to Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA. Among them are a Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, Team USA Scholarship winners, Mazda Club Racer Shootout winners and Rolex 24 at Daytona champions. They currently compete in SCCA Majors, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich® Tires and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Kenton Koch: MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development driver and MX-5 Cup points leader.
Tom Long: Mazda factory driver and professional driving coach.
Joel Miller: Mazda factory driver and professional driving coach.
Tristan Nunez: Mazda factory driver in the SKYACTIV Diesel Prototype in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
Randy Pobst: Four-time World Challenge GT champion, two-time Rolex 24 at Daytona winner and factory driver in an MX-5 for Freedom Autosport in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Street Tuner category.
Jesse Prather: Three-time SCCA National Champion (E and F Production); owner of Jesse Prather Motorsports.
Eric Prill: SCCA national points champion and two-time SCCA Majors Tour conference champion.
Sylvain Tremblay: Mazda factory driver and SpeedSource owner.
Tristan Vautier: Mazda factory driver and 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year.
Rob Warkocki: Two-time SCCA National Champion and eight-time June Sprints winner in GT3; Mazda engine builder.
The series begins today with a breakdown of Road Atlanta, host to the NASA National Championships East and the Atlanta Region SCCA’s American Road Race of Champions.
One Stop. One Mazda. BEHIND THE ZOOM.