May 2015

This week’s Behind the Zoom features 19-year-old Tristan Nunez, who describes the intense emotions of his first race win, and the similar feelings while taking the lead for seven laps at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the TUDOR United SportsCar Series race a few weekends ago.

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Glenn Long, principal of Mazda’s partner in developing the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, Long Road Racing, shares some of the technical highlights of the development process. In Part 6, Long talks about the headers and exhaust.

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Glenn Long, principal of Mazda’s partner in developing the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, Long Road Racing, shares some of the technical highlights of the development process. In Part 5, Long talks about the transmission, differential and efforts to keep them cool.

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Glenn Long, principal of Mazda’s partner in developing the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, Long Road Racing, shares some of the technical highlights of the development process. In Part 4, Long talks about improvements to OEM hubs, and brake ducting.

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Mazda MX-5 Cup and Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge team owner is regarded as family by many in the paddock. Quick, name one driver that has competed in almost every Mazda MX-5 Cup race on the series’ history? Who has the most top-five finishes? Hint: the answer to both questions is the guy that has the […]”

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Glenn Long, principal of Mazda’s partner in developing the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, Long Road Racing, shares some of the technical highlights of the development process. In Part 3, Long describes the design of the rollcage. The next generation of Mazda MX-5 Cup car that will be built and sold by Mazda will […]”

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The Spec Miata race at the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs will be held after dark at Daytona; Mazda help means no combined classes at Runoffs. Friday Night Lights at the Runoffs® presented by Mazda highlights the 2015 event schedule for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs Presented by Garmin VIRB® at Daytona International Speedway, where […]”

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Glenn Long, principal of Mazda’s partner in developing the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, Long Road Racing, shares some of the technical highlights of the development process; in this video he discusses kinematics and compliance. Mazda didn’t just take a 2016 MX-5 chassis and start throwing parts at it before putting it on track […]”

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This week’s Behind the Zoom blog comes from Jeff Braun, the competition director at Mazda’s factory team, SpeedSource. Braun brings his immense expertise and experience from open-wheel, sports cars and more to make the Prototype team more competitive than ever before. This is my 55th year in racing… yep, the old guy. That means I […]”

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Andy McKee’s RX-7 has gone through several classes, wining at every stage. It’s now a 350hp, 2000lb. winged and very fast  beast. Andy McKee’s X Prepared 1993 RX-7 has spent most of its life as a dedicated SCCA Solo competition vehicle, getting more extreme along the way. As it sits now, prepped to the X […]”

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Glenn Long, principal of Mazda’s partner in developing the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, Long Road Racing, shares some of the technical highlights of the development process. The test cars of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 racecar that will form the basis of the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup along with the Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 […]”

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Western Conference Majors event in the heat of the Southern California desert sees several records fall at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. With temperatures scorching into the mid-90s in the California desert, it felt more like the first weekend of August than the first weekend of May. But the track records that fell on Saturday felt a […]”

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Spec Miata race in dual Northeast and Southeast Conference SCCA Majors Tour almost too close to call; 15-year-old Mazda-powered Atlantic driver breaks track records. The Southeast Conference Majors Tour came to a close this weekend at Summit Point Raceway in a dual-conference race with the Northeast. For Southeast, the races were Rounds 11 and 12; […]”

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Sunshine and rain mess with racers at Blackhawk Farms as the Northern Conference Majors Tour begins its season in Illinois. On a weekend where the  Southeast Conference was crowing its champions, the Northern Conference season was just starting at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Illinois. Not starting until May ensures no snow, and in this case […]”

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There are more than 392 options to find the optimal setup for 2016 MX-5 Cup racecar. Mazda rolled out a pair of engineering development models of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar for testing at Mazda Raceway on Thursday. As a part of the development process, the cars will be tested in public on the […]”

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Held as part of the Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires Round Six, the race featured 20 NASA champions in identically prepared MX-5s. Matt Powers of San Rafael, Calif., won the inaugural Mazda Race of NASA Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to be crowned NASA Grand Champion. He was followed to […]”

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Dean takes a narrow points lead over Gallagher in the Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. John Dean took his second win of the season in the Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires to leave Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the points lead, while Patrick Gallagher, who led most […]”

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Mazda podium sweep in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the largest MX-5 Cup race highlight the weekend. The 2.2-mile racetrack just outside Monterey, Calif., city limits has carried the name Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 2000. But this weekend it was more like Mazda MX-5 Raceway. On Saturday afternoon, U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer […]”

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Long Road Racing brings two of its test cars to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, running sessions on track with current MX-5 Cup racers. The current Battery Tender® Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires competitors got their first close look at the test platforms for what will be the 2016 MX-5 Cup car. That car […]”

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