Mid-Season Autocross Competition

Mazda competitors cash in at the SCCA June 2-4 SCCA ProSolo and Match Tour autocrosses

With SCCA’s national autocross season in full swing, Mazda competitors are taking to the course and cashing in with payouts all year long. In Tire Rack SCCA ProSolo National Series, Match Tour and Solo Championship Tour events, Mazda offers competitors up to $275 for a win, $175 for second, $150 for third, $125 for fourth and $100 for a fifth-place finish via its contingency program. Challenge winners in the ProSolo series reap rewards courtesy of Mazda with $350 for a win and $250 for a second-place finish. 

Most recently, hundreds of SCCA autocrossers flocked to Bunker Hill, Ind., for a Match Tour on June 2-4, 2017, while others headed to Mineral Well, Texas, for the seventh round in SCCA’s ProSolo series. Of those, a number of competitors left the events with a trophy in one hand and contingency winnings in the other.

At the Texas ProSolo, Dave Ogburn clinched the C Street win in a 2016 Mazda MX-5 beating Daniel McCelvey by 0.502sec in another 2016 MX-5. In fact, the C Street class was made up entirely of Mazda Miatas, ranging from 2006 to 2016 models. David Whitener, meanwhile, squeaked out an STS-class win in his 1992 Mazda Miata, beating Andrew Hahn in a 1993 Miata by 0.137sec. And in another all Mazda class, this time all 1990 Miatas, Neal Tovsen dominated with a 1.145sec win.

At the Match Tour, Mazdas dominated C Street, with all 14 competitors wheeling either an MX-5 or an RX-8. There, Robert Carpenter piloting a 2016 MX-5 scored the win over Paul Gibson in a 2004 RX-8. In STF, Adam Deffenbaugh represented Mazda well, taking the win over a pair of Fords. 

Mazda’s contingency payouts get even more generous for season-ending events, with SCCA ProSolo points winners earning up to $850 for first, $550 for second and $300 for third, while SCCA Solo National Championship competitors can claim up to $850 for a win, $550 for second, $300 for third, $200 for fourth and $125 for fifth. Solo Triad winners receive a $600 bonus through Mazda, and one Solo competitor will qualify for Mazda’s $20,000 Advancement Scholarship.

Full details on Mazda’s contingency program and registration can be found at mazdamotorsports.com.