Mazda MX-5 Cup Racing

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on the Mazda MX-5 Cup Series.

Donna Gilio
Deborah Loth
Simon de Silvestro

 

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New for 2006, the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook features fields of identical 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miatas.

The SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup will provide an affordable, entry-level nationwide professional series whereby drivers compete in identically outfitted vehicles. As before, all components for the cars will be sold directly through MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, which also supports the program monetarily with contingency awards to successful drivers.

Mechanically, all MX-5 Cup cars will remain essentially stock, as delivered from the dealer, with only bolt-on modifications to the intake and exhaust systems. While the stock MX-5 Miata produces 170-hp, it is expected that an MX-5 Cup car will produce in excess of 200-hp. All MX-5 Cup vehicles will be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and may be run with the optionally available limited-slip rear differential.

Suspension will incorporate a fully-adjustable coil-over kit with double-adjustable shock absorbers and specified spring rates, as well as adjustable anti-roll bars front and rear. All cars will be required to run on series-sponsor Hankook Ventus DOT-approved race tires, and will use a 17x8” wheel of a specified weight – again, to level the field and minimize costs. Additionally, brake pads, fluid and lines will be upgraded to racing components.

All MX-5 Cup cars will run with full safety equipment, including an eight-point roll-cage welded into the car, a racing seat, racing seatbelts and will incorporate a fire-extinguishing system.

The series has an official Web site at www.mx-5cup.com

Snippets


Champ Car Atlantic standout and one of the top female racers in the country Simona will complete in Round 8 (and final round) of the Mazda MX-5 Cup at Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah, Saturday, September 15.

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Deborah Loth is not currently scheduled to race in the series this year. However, two additional women have joined the series: Laura Olson (no photo) of Costa Mesa, Calif. and Donna Gilio of Carson City, Nev.

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Mazda announced at Sebring further enhancements to its ladder program, including the awarding of an SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car ride to the 2007 MX-5 Cup Champion. Also, Alison Malkhassian will be joining Deborah Loth (on different teams) for the 2007 season.

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December 7, 2006 just got a little more exciting with the start of SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook programming on SPEED. All eight rounds of the inaugural 2006 season will be broadcast Saturday afternoons in December. For more information on the series and updates on the 2007 schedule visit www.mx-5cup.com .

 For its fourth season, the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup will expand to 10 rounds, making stops at some of the finest road courses in North America, as well as several new venues.

 

Mazda Releases 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Schedule


MAZDASPEED chose the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show to announce the 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup schedule. The 2010 schedule keeps with the theory of the latest MX-5 vehicle updates; making small changes to an already strong product.

In creating the 2010 schedule, Mazda sought to reduce travel costs for MX-5 Cup teams while increasing the amount of track time. It was also important to minimize conflicts with other major race weekends and give MX-5 Cup participants the opportunity to experience the best race tracks in North America. With a total of 11 races on eight weekends, it appears as though Mazda has done just that.

“Developing a schedule is a complex task and Mazda appreciates the efforts of the tracks and sanctioning bodies in meeting our racers needs,” Alternative Marketing Manager for Mazda North American Operations Jim Jordan said. “The use of three doubleheader weekends allows our teams to maximize race time, while minimizing travel costs. With our partners at Playboy, BFGoodrich Tires, and SCCA Pro Racing, we have a well developed program and are looking forward to another great year of racing.”

The 2010 MX-5 Cup season will begin where 2009 ended, in Alton, Va., at VIRginia International Raceway. MX-5 Cup will race alongside the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series on April 23 - 25.

The series has a quick trip south to Braselton, Ga., the following weekend. There, MX-5 Cup will take part in the Classic Motorsports Mitty at Road Atlanta for the fourth year in-a-row, April 30 – May 2.

MX-5 Cup will return to its birthplace, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in Monterey, Calif., May 21 – 23. Round Three of the series will be a part of the Monterey Sports Car Championships Presented by Patron with the American Le Mans Series.

The first of three doubleheaders will take place at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, N.J., June 25 – 27. MX-5 Cup will once again be part of an all-Mazdaspeed weekend.

The series will have a month off before the next doubleheader, July 30 – Aug. 1, at Autobahn Country Club, located just outside of Chicago, Ill. Like New Jersey, the event will host all of the Mazdaspeed Ladder series, including two MX-5 Cup races.

MX-5 Cup then begins a northward trek, first stopping at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., Aug. 20 – 22, before crossing the Canadian border the following weekend to race at Mosport international Raceway, Aug. 27 – 29. Both events are with the American Le Mans Series.

Just like 2009, the 2010 season will end with a doubleheader. Rounds 10 and 11 will be held at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. The MX-5 Cup finale will run alongside the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series finale, Sept. 10 – 12.

2010 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Calendar

Date

Venue

With

April 23 – 25

VIRginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.

Grand-Am

April 30 - May 2

Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

Mitty Historic Races

May 21 – 23

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Ca

ALMS

June 18-20

Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis

NASCAR Nationwide

June 25 – 27

New Jersey Motorsports Park*, Millville, N.J.

Mazda Weekend

July 30 – Aug. 1

Autobahn Country Club*, Joliet, Ill

Mazda Weekend

Aug. 27 – 29

Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ont. CAN

ALMS

Sept. 10 – 12

Miller Motorsports Park*, Tooele, Utah

Grand-Am

* Double race weekend

Races from the 2009 MX-5 Cup season continue to air in syndication on various cable and satellite networks. A full schedule is available on the series Web site. All MX-5 Cup TV programming form the 2009 season is also available on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/MazdaMX5Cup). The latest MX-5 Cup news is available at www.mx-5cup.com and on Twitter.com/MazdaMX5Cup.

SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup


Stepping up in place of the former MAZDASPEED Miata Cup, the Mazda MX-5 Cup made its debut in 2006. Featuring identical Mazda MX-5s on BFGoodrich tires, MX-5 Cup gives drivers the opportunity to run on high-profile weekends in an economical, entry-level racing series. The 2010 MX-5 Cup schedule features 11 races at prestigious events across North America, and with grids composed of nearly 30 cars at each race, MX-5 Cup has become one of the best shows in motorsports today. For more information, visit www.mx-5cup.com

SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup - 2009


Stepping up in place of the former Mazdaspeed Miata Cup, the Mazda MX-5 Cup made its debut in 2006. Featuring identical MX-5s on spec tires, the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup gives drivers the opportunity to run on high-profile weekends in an economical, entry-level racing series. The 2009 MX-5 Cup schedule features 10 races at prestigious events across North America, and with grids composed of roughly 30 cars at each race, MX-5 Cup has become one of the best shows in motorsports today. For more information, visit www.mx-5cup.com.

The 2009 MX-5 Cup season begins as the previous two did, as part of The Mitty Classic at Road Atlanta. MX-5 Cup will join Historic Sportscar Racing, May 1 – 3, to showcase the modern fun of MX-5 Cup alongside the classic racing machines of years past.

Two weeks later, MX-5 Cup is off to beautiful Monterey, Calif., where the series made its debut in 2006. MX-5 Cup joins the Grand-Am Rolex Series and KONI Challenge, May 15 – 17, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Monterey Festival of Speed.

A doubleheader at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, N.J., follows on June 12 – 14. The Mazda Grand Prix will bring the Mazda racing family together, as MX-5 Cup joins Star Mazda and the Atlantic Championship at the recently constructed Thunderbolt Raceway.

The halfway point of the season is marked by two tracks new to MX-5 Cup. On July 17 – 19, the series joins Grand-Am once again for the Porsche 250 weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Ala. The teams will then make a short trip north to meet up with their fellow Mazda series once again as well as the SPEED World Challenge Championships, July 24 – 26, at the Autobahn Country Club. The Mazda Grand Prix marks the first professional event at the Autobahn Country Club, which is located in Joliet, Ill., just outside of Chicago.

The MX-5 caravan won’t have to travel too far for the following round in Elkhart Lake, Wis. For the second year in-a-row, the series will take part in the combined American LeMans Series/SPEED World Challenge weekend at Road America, Aug. 14 – 16.

From one four-mile track to another, MX-5 heads to Miller Motorsports Park with Grand-Am, Sept. 18 – 20. The Tooele, Utah course has hosted a round of MX-5 Cup action in each of the series’ previous three years.

The 2009 season ends Oct. 2 – 4, with a doubleheader at scenic VIRginia International Raceway, in Alton, Va. It will be the series’ first trek to VIR, where it joins KONI Challenge.

“I couldn’t be happier with the 2009 MX-5 Cup schedule,” Mazda North American Operations Alternative Marketing Manager Jim Jordan said. “It’s the perfect mix of classic American road courses and new, exciting venues. There’s something there for everyone, which will encourage the kind of racing we’ve come to expect from this great series.”

“SCCA Pro Racing and Mazda have worked together to create a fantastic schedule for MX-5 in 2009,” SCCA Pro Racing President and CEO Robert Wildberger said. “It’s great to see MX-5 heading to tracks SCCA Pro Racing has yet to venture, like Autobahn Country Club and Barber Motorsports Park. We’re proud to watch MX-5 Cup expand the SCCA Pro Racing footprint.”

With an outstanding schedule in place, all races broadcast on cable TV and the continuance of Playboy as a title sponsor, MX-5 Cup appears poised for another successful season. The Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup also remains a part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder, offering the 2009 MX-5 Cup Champion a Mazda ride in SPEED Touring Car and welcoming one amateur racer to the series via the MX-5 Cup Shootout for Mazda road racing champions.

2009 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Schedule

May 1-3 Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.
May 15-17 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, Calif.
June 12-14 New Jersey Motorsports Park * Millville, N.J.
July 17-19 Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala.
July 24-26 Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, Ill.
Aug 14-16 Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis
Sept. 18-20 Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah
Oct. 2-4 VIRginia International Raceway* Alton, Va.
* - Doubleheader

 

2007 Schedule - SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook (www.mx-5cup.com)

April 21-22 - Streets of Houston , Houston, Texas w/ALMS/Champ Car
April 27-29 - Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
May 19-20 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca , Monterey, Calif. w/Grand Am
June 9-10 - Portland International Raceway , Portland, Ore. w/Champ Car
June 23-24 - Burke Lakefront Airport Cleveland, Ohio (doubleheader) w/Champ Car
Aug. 18-19 - Le Circuit du Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada w/Grand Am
Sept. 14-15 - Miller Motorsport Park , Utah w/Grand Am

December 7, 2006 just got a little more exciting with the start of SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook programming on SPEED. All eight rounds of the inaugural 2006 season will be broadcast Saturday afternoons in December. For more information on the series and updates on the 2007 schedule visit www.mx-5cup.com .

For 2006, the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook features fields of identical 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miatas.

The SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup will provide an affordable, entry-level nationwide professional series whereby drivers compete in identically outfitted vehicles. As before, all components for the cars will be sold directly through MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development, which also supports the program monetarily with contingency awards to successful drivers.

Mechanically, all MX-5 Cup cars will remain essentially stock, as delivered from the dealer, with only bolt-on modifications to the intake and exhaust systems. While the stock MX-5 Miata produces 170-hp, it is expected that an MX-5 Cup car will produce in excess of 200-hp. All MX-5 Cup vehicles will be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and may be run with the optionally available limited-slip rear differential.

Suspension will incorporate a fully-adjustable coil-over kit with double-adjustable shock absorbers and specified spring rates, as well as adjustable anti-roll bars front and rear. All cars will be required to run on series-sponsor Hankook Ventus DOT-approved race tires, and will use a 17x8” wheel of a specified weight – again, to level the field and minimize costs. Additionally, brake pads, fluid and lines will be upgraded to racing components.

All MX-5 Cup cars will run with full safety equipment, including an eight-point roll-cage welded into the car, a racing seat, racing seatbelts and will incorporate a fire-extinguishing system.

The series has an official Web site at www.mx-5cup.com

2006 Schedule
May 5-7 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca , Monterey, Calif.
May 26-29 Lime Rock Park , Lakeville, Conn.
June 17-19 Mosport Int'l Raceway , Bowmanville, Ontario
June 23-25 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course , Lexington, Ohio
July 20-22 Portland International Raceway , Portland, Ore.
Aug. 4-6 Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres , Quebec, CAN
Sept. 1-2 Miller Motorsport Park Tooele, Utah
Sept. 22-24 Road America , Elkhart Lake, Wis.

2006 SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by Hankook SPEED Broadcast Schedule (All times Eastern, broadcasts on Saturdays)

Dec. 9 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 4:00 p.m; Lime Rock Park 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 - Mosport International Raceway, 4:00 p.m.; Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 4:30pm
Dec. 23 - Portland International Raceway 4:00 p.m.; Trois-Rivieres, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 30 - Miller Motorsports Park, 4:00 p.m.; Road America; 4:30 p.m.

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