This week in Mazda Motorsports

A big weekend for club racers from the Northeast to Colorado, plus ProSolo in Washington
With summer in full swing, racers have had plenty of opportunities to hit the track with NASA and SCCA racing across the country and SCCA ProSolo wrapping up its jaunt through the Northwest following last weekend’s Championship Tour in Packwood, Wash.

That ProSolo in Packwood saw perhaps a smaller field, but the classes that did come together featured riveting competition. Take Street Touring Sport, where NA Miata drivers Eric Stoltz, winner of the Championship Tour the weekend prior, and Oliver Taylor did battle. Taylor was almost three tenths faster on one course, but Stoltz was nearly four tenths faster on the other. The final margin was 0.066sec in Stoltz’s favor.

Another tight contest was in C Street, this one between co-drivers in the same 2019 Miata. Like in STS, John Tritsch and Adam Ruff were both fast on one course, but on the course on which he was faster, Tritsch’s time was quick enough to give him the win by 0.209sec. Austin Clark had a little wider margin in Street Touring Roadster, as he beat Scott Mullens by more than a second. 

NASA Road Racing
NASA’s Great Lakes Region had a healthy turnout for its event at Pitt Race. Jonathan Davis swept all three Spec Miata contests. William Moore tried to do the same in the Mazda-powered NP01 prototype class but was denied by Barry Brooks in the third race. Three different drivers took the Super Touring 5 wins, with two carrying the Mazda flag into victory circle; David Ziegler took the second race in a Miata, and Thai Diep put his RX-8 out front in Race 3.

At the High Plains Raceway NASA Rocky Mountain event, Matthew Dirks and Daniel Williams battled for Spec Miata supremacy, with each taking two races. Bob Schader (Miata) and Jeremy Bourg (RX-8) left the weekend with Super Touring 4 wins.

SCCA Road Racing
The SCCA U.S. Majors Tour made a stop at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Thunderbolt circuit for an event hosted by South Jersey Region. Scott Rettich swept Formula Enterprises 2, with an overall win in the fast formula and prototype group on Sunday. Larry Winkelman swept FE, and Charles Vaccaro took both E Production contests in his RX-7. Eric Thompson II and Mark Donato swapped STL wins in their Miatas, and Tom Burdge won F Production in a Miata on Saturday.

Spec Miata featured some of the hottest of hotshoes in the Northeast. In the end, the top three was the same on both Saturday and Sunday, with Stevan McAleer taking both wins, followed by Marc Cefalo and Nick Leverone.

Southeast Conference Champs
The Southeast Conference was the first to wrap up its season of U.S. Majors Tour contests, and nine Mazda drivers were among the final tally of champions.
GT-3: William Wilson, RX-7
F Production: Ken Kannard, Miata
Prototype 1: Jacek Mucha, jms016P Mazda
Formula Atlantic: Spencer Brockman, Swift 014 Mazda
Formula Enterprises 2: Scott Rettich
Formula Enterprises: Raymond Mason
Formula Mazda: Robert Noell
Super Touring Lite: Danny Steyn, MX-5
Spec Miata: Preston Pardus

Mazda Canada Spec Miata Celebration
Finally, our friends to the north held a special event with the North Alberta Sports Car Club at Castrol Raceway. The Mazda Canada Spec Miata Celebration saw Chris Semanciw and Chris Saunders taking the victories in five races. Semanciw claimed the first race and the final feature event; Saunders laid claim to the three races in between.