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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires. The shootout will take place December 8, 2017 at the Bondurant Racing School in Chandler, Arizona.
Indy Lights champion decided to give MX-5 Cup a go with the Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge at Mazda Raceway Shortly before announcing that he was parlaying his Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship and the resulting Mazda scholarship into some IndyCar Series races with Juncos Racing – including the Indianapolis 500 – Kyle […]
Spec Miata and STL racer enjoys racing as a family activity When Amy Mills met her husband, Whitfield Gregg, she knew nothing about racing. But an interest that began with watching Formula 1 together eventually blossomed into an on-track educational outing, something she liked much more than she thought she would. Racing was the next […]
Race clutches for your Mazda can offer better shifts and longer life. Whether your ultimate goal is quicker shifting, greater durability or something in between, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development has an Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) package that’s right for you, from high performance street clutches suitable for racing and autocross to pure race models. ACT clutches […]”
The second of a trio of STL MX-5s built by Nick Leverone that MazdaMotorsports.com will explore Most of the SCCA Super Touring Lite-class Miatas in competition are NA or NB MX-5s. But there are a few NC-based cars that are doing quite well. Craig McHaffie’s car is one of those. Built in 2008 by Nick […]
Six Hoosier Super Tour events plus the Runoffs decided the SCCA points champions, with eight Mazda drivers earning titles With the SCCA National Championship Runoffs being the last opportunity to earn points toward the Hoosier Super Tour point championships, those champions have now been determined, and among them are eight Mazda drivers. Drivers earned points […]
Young Runoffs champion is well liked by everyone in the paddock Not many outside of the Southeast had heard of Spec Miata racer Preston Pardus, but the 2017 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway certainly changed that when he walked away the champ after a thrilling battle that involved, among others, Selin Rollan, […]
For Brakke, racing an EP-class Miata is only the beginning of his involvement in SCCA racing Few drivers are as deeply committed to SCCA racing as Jon Brakke of Fargo, N.D. Brakke has collected three SCCA national championships driving a Miata in the E Production class, winning in 2003, 2010 and 2012. But he gives […]
Mazda racers scored five wins on a hot, humid, and occasionally rainy Sunday in Florida, as the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) concluded its season-ending championship weekends with the Eastern States Championships presented by Toyo Tires at historic Sebring International Raceway
Mazda Motorsports gave its club racers at the SCCA Runoffs the opportunity to have video and data reviewed by its pros at Indy. Did it help? MazdaMotorsports.com has featured a lot of articles on coaching – the benefits, how to get the most out of a coaching session, how to find a coach. At the […]
Nick Leverone’s Super Touring Lite Miata is prepped to the limit Super Touring Lite is becoming one of SCCA’s most popular classes, and was the third largest at the 2017 SCCA Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is also one of the most varied, with a tremendous number of different models serving as bases for […]
Large Spec Miata field includes some of the best racers from the Southeast The NASA Western States Championships are done, and now focus turns to the East and Sebring International Raceway, hosting a NASA championship event for the first time. The NASA Eastern States Championships will be held at the historic circuit this weekend, with […]
Kenny Murillo claimed his fourth Pirelli World Challenge TCA win of the season as Mazda claims the Manufacturers Championship Matthew Fassnacht claimed the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca over defending champion and S.A.C. Racing teammate Elivan Goulart. Both were in MX-5 Cup cars for most of the […]
Reinhold Joest is a soft-spoken man who shuns the spotlight and rarely grants interviews. But there’s no avoiding the spotlight that has shone on the race team he founded, Joest Racing. The team will do battle as Mazda Team Joest in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018 with the Mazda RT24-P prototype under Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules.
Already having collected a $200,000 Mazda Road to 24 scholarship for his 2017 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires Championship, Patrick Gallagher (No. 29 McCumbee McAleer Racing) added a cool $75,000 bonus to his year by winning the Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Challenge at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday.