- Mazda Racers Chase $90,000 in MAZDASPEED Prize Money and a New MX-5 -
August 28, 2007 (IRVINE, Calif.) – From September 13-16, 2007, racers from across the country will gather at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to crown season-end champions at the Second Annual National Auto Sport Association (NASA) National Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. The grand prize for those racing a Mazda -- and only those racing a Mazda -- will be the opportunity to vie for more than $90,000 in contingency prizes, as well as win a brand new 2008 Mazda MX-5 and all of the MAZDASPEED parts to build an MX-5 Cup car for the 2008 race season.
To prove the strength of Mazda’s motorsports programs, run under the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development banner, there will be more Mazda vehicles competing at this event than any other brand of vehicle. Over four days of furious competition, NASA will conduct races for more than 24 vehicle classes, with the largest being Spec Miata, a one-make class for identically prepared first- and second-generation Mazda MX-5 Miatas. Following Mazda in popularity in NASA club racing are the venerable brands of Porsche and BMW. To underscore its dominance at this level of the sport, there will be more Mazdas competing than Toyota (including Lexus and Scion), Honda (including Acura), and Nissan (including Infiniti and Datsun) combined.
“The cornerstone of Mazda in general, and MAZDASPEED in particular, is the hardcore enthusiast, and there is no better place to see this than a club race where Mazda is the vehicle of choice,” noted Steve Sanders, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Competition Manager.
Regarding Mazda’s considerable contingency support in NASA club racing, Sanders continued, “We have committed $90,000 in contingency prize money to all NASA classes where Mazdas are eligible to compete. Win in Spec Miata and Mazda will pay you $5,000. Win in a Performance Touring Class with a Mazda, and again, we’ll pay you $5,000. After the season is completed, Mazda will then host a shootout among all eligible national champions, with the prize being a brand new Mazda MX-5 and the necessary MAZDASPEED parts to build an MX-5 Cup car. Last year, SCCA Spec Miata National Champion Andrew Caddell won the shootout, and he has spent 2007 racing in the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio MX-5 Cup – with impressive results. This year, NASA champions will have the same opportunity.”
The Mazda payout is as follows: 1st - $5,000, 2nd - $2,500, 3rd - $1,250. Eligible classes are Spec Miata, all Performance Touring Classes, Super Touring 1 & 2, and Super Unlimited Classes. In addition, Mazda will pay $300 for a Mazda win in any Time Trial class. More information on the various NASA Classes can be found at www.nasachampionships.com Information about the range of Mazda contingency programs and program requirements can be found at www.MazdaspeedMotorsports.com
Among the Mazda racers looking to score a check will be 2006 NASA Spec Miata champion Gregory Stasiowski, from Canonsburg, Penn, seeking to repeat his historic win at the Inaugural NASA Championships. With entries still being accepted by NASA, it looks like Gregory will need to beat at least 58 other Miata racers to score the win.
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 largest road-racing class in the world is Spec Miata, with more than 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.