Flis Performance to build Mazda MX-5 Cup cars beginning in 2020 season
IRVINE, Calif. (February 3, 2020) – Mazda Motorsports has selected Flis Performance as the new constructor of the Mazda MX-5 Cup car.
Based on the world’s best-selling sports car, the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Mazda MX-5 Cup car is one of the most exciting and affordable entries into professional road racing. By employing a single constructor for all Mazda MX-5 Cup cars, and with strict limits to modifications and tuning, drivers are ensured a level playing field. Since 2015, 218 Mazda MX-5 Cup cars have been sold.
Mazda MX-5 Cup cars begin as road cars assembled at Mazda’s Hiroshima, Japan factory before being converted to race cars. Starting in 2020, that conversion will take place at Flis Performance in Daytona Beach, Florida. Flis Performance has extensive experience in amateur and professional racing, and has competed at the highest levels of sports car racing in North America.
“Ensuring that Mazda Motorsports found the right partner to build the Mazda MX-5 Cup car was incredibly important for the health of our program,” said Nelson Cosgrove, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “It’s very clear that the staff at Flis Performance understands what what our goals are with the MX-5 Cup car – to continue to build upon the value and excitement of the MX-5 Cup platform, to support new and prospective racers in the MX-5 Cup series, and to ensure that the cars constructed at Flis Performance are equal in performance and quality to the over 200 MX-5 Cup cars that our customers are currently enjoying.”
The 2020 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich, which races alongside the NTT IndyCar Series, will begin its season April 3-5 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. For 2020, the series’ prize package is valued at over $500,000 including a $200,000 career advancement scholarship for the season champion.