Mazda Gives Up to Five Amateur Racers a Shot at Pro Racing

By Ed Higginbotham
Nov 6, 2017 | Mazda

Mazda has confirmed the 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.

Winning a club racing championship with Mazda power is the primary entry channel into the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. Racers competing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Teen Mazda Challenge, and iRacing are eligible. The following racers are being invited to submit a written and video proposal from which three to five finalists will be selected.

  1. John Allen – iRacing MX-5 Cup Champion
  2. Jay Aranha – NASA NP01 (At large)
  3. Ryan Dexter - Teen Mazda Challenge Rock Mountain Region Champion
  4. Julian Garfield – SCCA Solo (At large)
  5. Brian Henderson - Teen Mazda Challenge Mid-Atlantic Region / NASA East PTE Champion
  6. Tyler Kicera – SCCA Spec Miata (At Large)
  7. Tristan Littlehale NASA West Spec Miata Champion
  8. Brian Lock NASA West – NP01 Champion
  9. Aaron Michelet - NASA PTC (At large)
  10. Matt Million – Teen Mazda Challenge (At large)
  11. Austin Newmark - NASA ST4 (At large)
  12. Preston Pardus - SCCA Runoffs Spec Miata Champion
  13. Eric Prill – SCCA Runoffs F-Production Champion
  14. Bryan Putt - NASA East Super Unlimited Champion
  15. Selin Rollan – SCCA/NASA Spec Miata (At large)
  16. Michael Ross - NASA East Spec Miata Champion
  17. Nick Sommers - Teen Mazda Challenge West Coast Region Champion
  18. Danny Soufi - Teen Mazda Challenge Texas Region Champion
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