February 2015

Exciting Finale For Pro Mazda in the pre-season Mazda Road to Indy mini-series. Just as Team Pelfrey’s Jack Aitken predicted following the first two rounds of the Cooper Tires Winterfest at NOLA Motorsports Park last week, the outcome of the pre-season mini-series went all the way down to the wire. The first of three scheduled […]”

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Two races at Barber Motorsports Park complete the pre-season mini-series for the Mazda Road to Indy. A dramatic pair of Cooper Tires USF200 Championship Powered by Mazda races in bitterly cold conditions at Barber Motorsports Park saw young Frenchman Nico Jamin edge Brazilian Victor Franzoni to the fifth annual Cooper Tires Winterfest title. American Jake […]”

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ALARA Racing is leveraging its winning Mazda tradition in stepping up to the challenge of the Continental Tire series. It is the natural tendency of racers to want to take that next step. Perhaps it’s moving to a faster class, or from competing on a regional level to racing for divisional and national championships. Maybe […]”

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Number 9 in a countdown: Fitness counts in racing, but the way you get there is different than most other sports. While there are certainly still doubters in the world, the idea that racing drivers are athletes is gaining acceptance; for those reading this, there are likely no deniers of that fact. Although the combination […]”

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New part recently permitted for Spec Miata allows for more front camber. A rule adjustment for Spec Miata in both SCCA and NASA now allows offset bushings on the inner front upper control arms to get more camber, and MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development carries two types, both urethane and a Delrin material. The SCCA GCR rule […]”

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Former competitors and current co-drivers form new team with sponsorship from ModSpace. A former champion is returning to the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, and bringing along his driving partner with him to form a new team in the series. Stevan McAleer, the 2012 MX-5 Cup Champion, is […]”

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An international field prepares for an intense season with the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest. Two youngsters who have honed their skills in Europe in recent years staged a fine battle for the first three Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires races of the 2015 Cooper Tires Winterfest, with Briton Jack Aitken (Team Pelfrey) narrowly […]”

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Cooper Tires Winterfest double victory at NOLA Motorsports Park means he carries the lead into Barber. Jake Eidson capped a glorious return to form for Pabst Racing by claiming two convincing victories in the opening rounds of the Cooper Tires Winterfest mini-series for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda at NOLA Motorsports Park. […]”

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MAZDASPEED Scholarship Winner is stepping up from Skip Barber formula cars. Another piece of the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship program has fallen into place now that Team Pelfrey has confirmed that talented young Australian Luke Gabin will complete its four-car assault on this year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda. USF2000 is the […]”

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The Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge has become a proving ground for aspiring professional racers. By Jason Isley This feature is part of a special series running on racer.com about the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires as Mazda Motorsports, racers and fans anticipate the 2016 MX-5 and the […]”

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The 2014 SCCA Formula Mazda National Champion finally found the top step of the podium. Mike Anderson may have been born into racing – his father started racing in the ’70s and his first trip to the SCCA Runoffs was in the womb – but it took him several attempts to actually claim his first gold […]”

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North American MotorSports Expo includes exhibits, seminars, a lot of Mazda and runs alongside the SCCA National Convention. There is a wide variety of automotive and motorsports trade shows, but many of those are tough to get into or make use of unless one’s an industry insider. The North American MotorSports Expo and Conference, though, […]”

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Good racers learn something every time they go out in the car. Some of those lessons are bigger than others. Every racing season presents it lessons. Some come harder than others – the good among those mean a lost race; the bad mean bent sheet metal and expensive repairs. Sometimes they come the easy way. […]”

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NASA Performance Touring D champion crossed the country in search of a title. Eric Powell had one goal in mind for 2014: win a national championship and get invited to the Mazda Club Racer Shootout. While he accomplished that by winning Performance Touring D at the NASA Western States championship in his Miata and made […]”

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Possible upgrades for the ND MX-5 Miata are introduced at Chicago Auto Show. Even before the 2016 MX-5 Miata is available to enthusiasts and racers, Mazda is already showing off some possible upgrades that may be of interest to both parties. And it’s doing it where the Miata was first shown 25 years ago, at […]”

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Honor for most improved driver presented to the Touring 4 National Champion and Mazda salesman in Chicago. In racing, a favorite old saying is that if you’re not improving, you’re going backwards. That applies not only to equipment, but to drivers as well. Danny Bender can say he’s improving, and he’s got the award to […]”

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No. 10 in a countdown: Know your viable options. Whether you autocross or compete on road courses, there are ten must-dos in order to climb the racing ladder. As the season starts to heat up, we’re going to break down each of the key ingredients needed, providing insights, tips and tricks from our Behind the […]”

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New cards expire in July; unused balance will not be affected. Many Mazda racers have received or will receive a replacement Mazda RPM MasterCard in the mail with an expiration date of July 2015. The reason for the short expiration is that changes are coming to the program. While the card will expire, any remaining […]”

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Mazda’s Contingency Awards Program is undergoing a few changes to better serve Mazda racers in all categories. The Mazda Contingency Awards Program is undergoing some changes. Don’t worry, it’s still one of the best programs for club racers, autocrossers and pros alike; but there will be some differences. There will be some new requirements for […]”

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When Tom Long won the 2005 Mazdaspeed Miata Cup Championship he likely didn’t anticipate it leading to Japan, but that’s exactly where it took him. By Jason Isley This feature is part of a special series running on racer.com about the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires as Mazda […]”

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Current and former MX-5 Cup competitors have some words of wisdom for Mazda Club Racer Shootout winner Kyle Loustaunau, or anyone in a similar situation. So, Kyle Loustaunau has won the Mazda Club Racer Shootout. His 2015 season is set for competition in the Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. But now […]”

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2014 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda champion utilizes Mazda scholarship for 2015 Pro Mazda season. Florian Latorre is moving up the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, joining Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2015 Pro Mazda Presented by Cooper Tires Championship. Latorre will drive the No. 3 MazdaMotorsports.com Pro Mazda. Latorre […]”

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New Mazda-powered Dallara IL-15 logs miles on both the road course and oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Thirteen drivers representing six teams converged on Homestead-Miami Speedway last week for the second official test of the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The new Mazda-powered Dallara IL-15 was put through its paces with over 1870 […]”

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Aaron Downey’s RX-3 has a lot of Runoffs E Production podiums to its name; now he wants to win a National Championship with it. Aaron Downey has one of the fastest RX-3s in the country, and he’s put it on the E Production podium at the Runoffs four times – including a bronze in 2014 […]”

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