Mazda Announces New Entry-Level Pro Racing Series

By Ed Higginbotham
Dec 19, 2017 | Mazda

Mazda continues to reinforce its dedication to motorsports. They just announced today a new additional step to their Road to 24 ladder system: the Spec MX-5 Challenge. It’s a new arrive-and-drive-only series featuring a field full of identical NC-chassis Mazda MX-5s. Every car will be owned, prepared, delivered to the track and crewed by Winding Road Racing or Atlanta Speedwerks.

The new series will launch in 2018 split into multiple regions—each featuring 12 races over six weekends. The eastern region will be hosted by Atlanta Speedwerks at SCCA events, taking to tracks like Virginia International Raceway, Summit Point Motorsports Park and Road Atlanta.

Meanwhile, the central region will tackle tracks like Circuit of the Americas, Hallett Motor Racing Circuit and the course at the National Corvette Museum. These races will be held at NASA-sanctioned events, hosted by Winding Road Racing.

Entering a full season will cost $45,000. That covers the race car rental, entry fees, transport, prep, trackside support, tires and consumables. The 2018 Spec MX-5 Challenge champion will be awarded a $100,000 scholarship toward running the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires series in 2019.

More information on schedules and the series in general are available here.

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HapDL New Reader
12/19/17 4:30 p.m.

Does writing off a car count as a consumable?  smiley

Spec series tend to have a lot of carnage and car damage/writing off a car could potentially exceed the entire season cost. 

Karl La Follette
Karl La Follette UltraDork
12/19/17 5:10 p.m.

This is a Great Deal those Atlanta Speedwerks guys are very Competitive and Run a Very Nice  program for The  gentleman  racer.


Pete Gossett
Pete Gossett GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
12/19/17 7:08 p.m.

If I hit powerball, this sounds like a fun way to spend a summer.

captdownshift GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
12/31/17 7:21 p.m.

In reply to Pete Gossett :

you lack confidence, as you didn't allot for using your scholarship in 2019 as well. 

ncjay SuperDork
12/31/17 7:49 p.m.

I know my brain operates a little differently, but I can't attach "entry level" and "$45,000" to each other. Much cheaper things that are good first steps before trying this series out.

captdownshift GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
12/31/17 7:51 p.m.

In reply to ncjay :

it's the Pro word after those other 2 that make it very cost effective when compared to other similar series. 

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