Racers Chasing a $75,000 Prize, the Biggest in All of Club Racing.
October 22, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) The Mazda Club Racer Shootout is the single largest prize in club racing. Since 2007 Mazda has annually promoted one talented club racer to the professional ranks. The $75,000 prize funds a drive in the 2015 SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich® Tires.
The heart and soul of Mazda Motorsports is club racing, and supporting those racers who have invested in racing a Mazda. The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback, and off-track business, marketing and PR skills. History has shown that a driver will be limited in success if they are lacking in multiple areas.
John Doonan, Director of Motorsports, noted: “Our shootout has become a signature event for Mazda Motorsports. Without exception, every driver who won the shootout proved to be competitive in MX-5 Cup, with several developing solid professional careers. Each year we tweak the competition. This year marks the inclusion of iRacing simulation racers and a new set of business criteria for the judges.”
In past years, typically a dozen to 18 racers qualified for the first level of the competition. Each has won a recognized championship over a minimum number of competitors. The next step is for the racer to submit a business presentation and video, which will be reviewed and scored by a team of motorsports and marketing professionals. From those proposals, the finalists will be selected and advance to the winner-take-all shootout.
The final shootout will be at Buttonwillow Raceway Park on December 2nd where the racers will be tested on the track for their technical skills.
The 15 currently identified semi-finalists for 2014 are as follows:
|Skip Barber Racing School (Summer Series)||Sam Adams|
|NASA Eastern States Championships (PTE)||Ben Anderson|
|SCCA National Championship Runoffs (Formula Mazda)||Mike Anderson|
|SCCA National Championship Runoffs (T4)||Danny Bender|
|NASA Eastern States Championships (Spec Miata)||Alex Bolanos|
|Canadian Touring Car Championship – B-Spec Champion||Normand Boyer|
|iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 3)||Steven Diem|
|NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (West)||Joey Jordan|
|SCCA National Championship Runoffs (Formula Atlantic)||Conner Kearby|
|iRacing MX-5 Cup (Season 2)||Evan Maillard|
|NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (Rocky Mountain)||Zachary Munro|
|Toyo Tires Spec Miata Championship (Canada)||Aaron Pettipas|
|SCCA National Championship Runoffs (E Production)||Matt Reynolds|
|SCCA National Championship Runoffs (Spec Miata)||Erik Stearns|
|Skip Barber Racing School (Winter Series)||Jim Wilby|
There are a few remaining slots that will be identified between now and November 9th:
|Club/Series||Season concludes on:|
|NASA Spec Miata Teen Challenge (Texas)||November 2nd|
|Worldspeed Formula Car Championship||November 9th|
|NASA Western States Championships (Spec Miata)||November 9th|
|NASA Western States Championships (TBD)||November 9th|
Additional information about the Mazda Club Racer shootout can be found at www.mazdamotorsports.com
About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED
Mazda is a leading player in all aspects of sports car racing with an emphasis on endurance road racing. Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both club racers and professionals. Thousands of Mazda-powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. Via the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy, Mazda supports racers at all levels of the sport from club racing up to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship where it races with production SKYACTIV Technology.
Mazda remains the only Asian car company to score an overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1991). Mazda has had a naming rights agreement at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 2000.
Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com, with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com. Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazda Motorsports), Twitter (@mazdaracing), Instagram (MazdaMotorsport) and www.mazdamotorsports.com