Mazda Championship Fight

CJ Wilson Racing and Freedom Autosport lead the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Street Tuner points battle into VIRginia International Raceway this weekend.

Thanks to a couple of big victories by the CJ Wilson Racing duo of Stevan McAleer and Chad McCumbee at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock Park, they have taken over the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Street Tuner Points as the series heads into VIRginia International Raceway this weekend.

They’re not the only MX-5 team at the top of the standings, though. Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer have led much of the season on the strength of a win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and several other good finishes for Freedom Autosport, including a podium at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Unfortunately, just as the title fight heats up with three rounds remaining, (Retired) U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Dwyer has been sidelined due to a minor medical issue and will miss the race at VIR. Instead, Tom Long, already committed to co-driving with Britt Casey Jr. in the No. 25 MX-5, will be pulling double duty. After he starts the No. 26 and hands it over to Carbonell, he will step into the No. 25 started by Casey. Dwyer is expected to rejoin the team for the final two rounds at Circuit of the Americas and Road Atlanta.

In addition to the No. 5 ModSpace car of McAleer and McCumbee, the other MX-5 will be the No. 34 ALARA Racing MX-5 of Justin Piscitell and Christian Szymczak. Piscitell recently became a permanent part of the team for the remainder of the season, joining Mazda Scholarship driver Szymczak. Piscitell raced with Szymczak in several races prior, and was the polesitter for the first four races of the season, all in last-minute drives.

The 2.5-hour race at Virginia International Raceway starts on Saturday, August 22, at 1:25 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live at The race will air on Fox Sports 1 on Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. Eastern.