November 2017

A host of Mazda competitors seek to stand on top of their respective classes after 25 hours of NASA racing What started as a simple idea to have the longest endurance race in the U.S. has taken on a life of its own and, 15 years later, has blossomed into a significant U.S. racing event. […]

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Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A winner was the first one to win a race and championship in a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car outside of MX-5 Cup “I was a man possessed at VIR,” says Matt Fassnacht of the opening rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car season, where he won both races […]

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12th Year For the Biggest Prize in Grassroots Road Racing Mazda has confirmed four finalists for the 12th annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. This one-of-a-kind, post-season shootout, will award a $100,000 Mazda Motorsports scholarship to compete in the 2018 Battery Tender® Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The one-day, winner-take-all, shootout will […]

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Touring 4 MX-5 racer took advantage of a new rule to get double the track time at the 2017 SCCA Runoffs Racing is all about spotting potential advantages and using them to your benefit. When it came to the 2017 SCCA Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this past September, a circuit few had run at, […]

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Spec Miata racer and prep shop owner isn’t just fast, he also works hard to keep everyone happy Chris Haldeman’s racing chops aren’t in question – he scored the pole in the largest Spec Miata field in history at the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis and finished fourth in the race. But being […]

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Battling more than other racers, Dernehl shows what perseverance really means One of the greatest things about racing is that there’s always next year. Most racers don’t appreciate that nearly enough, but Jeff Dernehl of Roswell, Ga., will be one of those who appreciates the chance to get back in the driver’s seat and try […]

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Determination and prep, as well as friends and family, keep Ali Naimi running up front Ali Naimi just simply will not quit. The California driver has been racing at SCCA’s National Championship Runoffs for nearly two decades, competing in Showroom Stock and now in Touring 4. In his 18 attempts, Naimi has stood on the […]

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In his first season of road racing, Garfield learned a key lesson during each SCCA Majors weekend Julian Garfield just wrapped up his first season of SCCA club racing in Spec Miata. While he’s no stranger to motorsports competition, road racing has some key differences to the autocross competition where he has excelled. Car control […]

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A multi-time Formula Car Challenge champion in Formula Mazda, Weaver just secured another title Bill Weaver isn’t exactly sure how many Formula Car Challenge Formula Mazda titles he’s earned. He just likes to go out and win races, and the rest takes care of itself. “I’ve never really focused on winning the championship,” he explains. […]

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What happens when a Global MX-5 Cup car is introduced into a marriage? Happiness Mike Globe and Pam Fitzgerald have a new love. Oh, the couple from Brenham, Texas, are quite happy together, but the Global MX-5 Cup car has taken a place in their hearts as well. “When we went to look at it, […]

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Jesse Prather finished third at the SCCA Runoffs in the car he built as a tribute to Tom Thrash With limited development time and one complete race under its belt, Jesse Prather’s expectation of a good finish for his very fresh first generation E Production RX-7 at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs seemed optimistic at […]

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The winner of the Solo Advancement Scholarship shares his thoughts on his first season of road racing and first SCCA Runoffs A racer may set simple goals for his or her rookie season of national SCCA road racing. Maybe it’s to finish every race or perhaps earn a podium finish – seldom is it, “Finish […]

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The third approach to building an MX-5-based STL car that we’ll explore Nearly every rotor-head has thought about it: What happens if you put a 13B into a Miata? Of course, it’s been done; but there aren’t many examples in racing applications. That’s a bit surprising, since the SCCA Super Touring rules allow for engine […]

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After winning the 2017 Battery Tender® Global MX-5 Cup title, Gallagher then won the Global MX-5 Cup Challenge to back it up When Patrick Gallagher returned to the Battery Tender® Global MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, he had to be viewed as one of the favorites to win the title. Not only had he […]

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Who will be following Matt Cresci? Mazda has confirmed the 18 eligible racers for the 12th annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. This post-season shootout will award a $100,000 Mazda Motorsports scholarship to compete in the 2018 Battery Tender® Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The shootout will take place December 8, 2017 at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona.  

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