-- MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development to partner with Pace American Trailers --
June 20, 2007 (IRVINE, California) -- MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development and Pace American Trailers today announced a two-year partnership involving Pace becoming the Official Trailer of MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development. Through the partnership, members of MAZDASPEED’s racing contingency program – already one of the most lucrative in the sport – will be able to purchase Pace trailers at a deep discount. Additionally, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development has debuted a trailer that will be used for parts distribution and meetings during professional and amateur race weekends around the U.S. and Canada.
“Racers need trailers, and Mazda racers want trailers that perform well, are well-built, easy to tow and – above all else – are a great value. Pace trailers meet those criteria, have a great reputation for performance and will be a great addition to the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development family,” noted John Doonan, MAZDASPEED Business Development Manager. “Because Pace and its product range appeal to the same grassroots racing competitors that MAZDASPEED supports, this partnership made perfect sense for both companies.”
Pace has provided MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development with a brand-new 44-foot goose-neck trailer with a vendor window and closed-off meeting space. This trailer will be used as a parts supply and technical support trailer at all MX-5 Cup races, key Club Racing events like the SCCA Runoffs and other key Mazda race weekends throughout the season.
Pace is similar to Mazda, with enthusiasts in key positions throughout the organization. Pace American CEO Mitchell Bender and Marketing Manager Peter Calhoun are both long time club racers. The company’s products are focused on supporting the weekend club racer as well as the overall enthusiast market.
Mitchell Bender noted, "Mazda has done an exceptional job supporting their grassroots racers, creating the finest racing ladder-system in the world. A young racer can start in karts and work their way up to world-class ALMS racing with support from Mazda. Pace American is excited to be a small part of Mazda's commitment to motorsports and great cars."
“Pace American is proud to become a partner of MAZDASPEED and assist in the continued development of their motorsport programs. This partnership brings together two companies with rich racing histories, companies who use racing not just as a marketing exercise, but actually to test and develop better products,” added Peter Calhoun.
As part of the standard Mazda club racing contingency program, Pace graphics will appear on all Mazdas racing nationwide. MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development team members – over 9,000 registered club racers nationwide – will be eligible for special discount and incentive programs on Pace American trailers. In addition, Pace American Trackside Service will also be offering complimentary trailer repairs at both the SCCA Runoffs and June Sprints
On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle. At the track, you’ll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, RX-7 and other vintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the Soul of a Sports Car. In fact, the fastest growing road-racing class in the U.S. is the SCCA’s Spec Miata class, with nearly 1,500 first- and second-generation Miatas tearing up America’s racetracks, making it the most-raced production car in the world. Mazda’s involvement in motorsports extends to its relationship with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the world’s premier road-racing circuits, and the Skip Barber Schools for driving and racing.
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario, Canada, and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.