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There are two kinds of people in this world: race car drivers and those who just talk about wanting to be race car drivers. OK, that may be a little broad, but Mazda is making it easier for those who just talk the talk to actually drive the drive with the new MX-5 Cup car.
For a mere $53, 000, you too can have a turnkey race car. While not chump change, it's still far and away less expensive than most race cars, which can run into millions of dollars.
MX-5 Cup cars swinging down into turn 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.Mazda
This ready-to-race MX-5 Cup car takes away the extra costs of engineering and fabricating a race car. Each car is identical so drivers are all on a level playing field. They are competing on skill, not the depth of their pocketbook or the their knowledge of fabrication.This makes for some exciting racing as drivers battle each other in the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich, held around the country at some of the best road courses.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup is the first rung on the Mazda Road to 24 ladder. Racers start out at the grassroots level and Mazda gives winning racers from the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) or National Auto Sport Association (NASA) series a 0, 000 scholarship to race in the MX-5 Cup. Even iRacing can lead to a spot in the Cup race. Internet racing champion Glenn McGee has transitioned from virtual racing to racing in real life with a spot on the grid in the no. 23 cup car. At his first race of the season - or ever - at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, McGee finished 9th out of 40 starters in the first race, but cut a tire in the infamous Corkscrew in the second race, finishing 27th.
The other scholarship winner is Robby Foley, driving the no. 63 car for Atlanta Motorsports Group did extremely well in the first race of the season, coming in third on day 1 and first on day 2 at Mazda Raceway. Other drivers to watch include last year's Cup champion John Dean in no. 16 and Patrick Gallagher, who took first on day one, in no. 72.
The champion of the MX-5 Cup gets $200, 000 from Mazda to race their choice of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge or the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda. The final rung is the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, hosts of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The famous, or should we say infamous, Corkscrew at Mazda Raceway.Mazda
This year the MX-5 Cup race will take drivers across the country to Road America, Virginia International Raceway, and even north of the border to the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Each race weekend consists of a few practice sessions, a qualifying session and two 45-minute races.