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Submitted by Berny on Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 15:39Mazda General | MazdaSpeed

World’s Largest Sports Car Company Teams with Largest Racing and Driving School

ORLANDO , FL. (December 14, 2006)
– Mazda North American Operations and Skip Barber Racing School LLC announced today a new, long-term partnership agreement that promises to reshape the world of competitive motorsports. The agreement will deliver a broad range of programs designed to further define and strengthen the U.S. motorsports “ladder” through which drivers learn and gain experience on their way to the top ranks of amateur and professional racing.

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MX-5 Cup Programming Begins This Weekend on SPEED
Submitted by Berny on Friday, December 8, 2006 - 14:23MazdaSpeed | Mazdaspeed MX-5 | Miata MX-5

TOPEKA, Kan. (Dec. 7, 2006) – Saturday afternoons 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 season will be broadcast Saturday afternoons in December, starting this Saturday, Dec. 9, with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Lime Rock Park at 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (EDT).

Keep your eyes glued to the set for a wild Round One at Laguna Seca that features no less than six lead changes! SPEED World Challenge standout Chip Herr, of Lititz, Pa., leads the field to the first green flag of the season, but an early caution period makes the rest of the race a six-car free-for-all.

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Submitted by Berny on Thursday, November 2, 2006 - 20:53MazdaSpeed

Mazda races to the conclusion of another successful season

IRVINE, Calif., October 30, 2006 – As Halloween approached, Mazda racers were counting the many “treats” they had already received this season, while planning a few new “tricks” for 2007.

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Submitted by Berny on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - 17:08MazdaSpeed

IRVINE, Calif., October 18, 2006 – It was nearly impossible to visit the 2006 SCCA National Championship Runoffs® at Heartland Park Topeka without noticing that Mazda is the grassroots motorsports vehicle of choice. Mazdas outnumbered the competition: 167 of the 719 total entries. Mazdas ran in more classes: 13 of 25. Mazdas won more races: four; and had more top-three finishes: 14; than any other brand. Mazda drivers took championships in the open classes of Touring 3 and F Production, as well as the two Mazda-exclusive classes, Spec Miata and Formula Mazda. Four Mazda racers are now competing for the biggest single contingency prize ever made at the runoffs, a new Mazda MX-5 to race in 2007.

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Submitted by Berny on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 - 14:34MazdaSpeed

IRVINE, Calif., Feb 14, 2006 – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced it has entered into a three-year integrated marketing partnership with the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. Beginning in 2006, all Atlantic cars will be powered by a 300-hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder Mazda MZR engine prepared by Cosworth Engineering, mounted in identical Swift 016.a chassis and riding on Yokohama tires.

The series, now dubbed “ Yokohama Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda,” will compete with the cars of the Champ Car World Series on 12 street circuit and permanent road course race weekends throughout North America. All 2006 events will be broadcast on SPEED Channel and Mazda will help sponsor both Atlantic and Champ Car race broadcasts as part of the new agreement. An influx of new teams and the top rising stars in open-wheel racing will add to the excitement of the new-generation Atlantic Championship.

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Mazda3 MPS and Mazda Kabura to be Exhibited at the 2006 Geneva International Motor Show
Submitted by Berny on Monday, February 13, 2006 - 15:26MazdaSpeed

HIROSHIMA, Japan, February 13, 2006--Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of the new high-performance Mazda3 MPS, as well as present the European debut of the Kabura concept vehicle, at the 76th annual Geneva International Motor Show to be held from Tuesday, 28 February through Sunday, 12 March 2006.

Joining them on the Mazda stand will be a Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept vehicle powered by a RENESIS rotary dual-fuel engine - that can use hydrogen or gasoline - and an electric motor, for both outstanding eco-friendliness and Zoom-Zoom driving pleasure.

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Submitted by Berny on Monday, January 30, 2006 - 16:41MazdaSpeed

IRVINE, Calif., Jan 27, 2006 – MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development’s 2006 season is set to pick up where it left off: with excitement, dedication and a drive for victory. As the 2005 season closed with victories in series as diverse as the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Grand American Road Racing Association (Grand Am), Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), 2006 is already off to a strong start.

“MAZDASPEED is proud to represent Mazda’s North American motorsport activities,” said Steve Sanders, Manager, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development. “Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom mantra is more than just a marketing line; it really is the way we build our cars. Whether it’s the RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6 or MX-5 Miata, we prove every single weekend on the racetracks of America that if you want to win, you need to be driving a Mazda.”

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New AutoArt 787b Preview pics and LMP#8 Model by SPARK
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Friday, November 18, 2005 - 09:39MazdaSpeed

The eagerly and long anticipated AutoArt model of the Mazda Le Mans winning 1991 787b is getting closer to release. We've obtained some photos of the model that we expect to be released soon.

We have also received a shipment of the latest Le Mans Mazda, the #8 Courage, powered by a 3Rotor using RENESIS parts. You can order a copy of the LMP2 at the Just in time for the Holidays!

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Mazda & Espenlaub wins Mosport World Challenge TC race
Submitted by Berny on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 20:48MazdaSpeed

Source: TheRaceSite.Com

9/4/2005 - Story credit: SCCA Pro Racing Staff - Photo Credit: Weber/SCCA © 2005

CANADA (Sept. 4, 2005)
- Charles Espenlaub, of Lutz, Fla., withstood every RealTime Racing charge in his No. 97 Sparco/Oakley/Tindol Motorsports Mazda 6 Sunday morning at Mosport International Raceway and averaged 87.621 mph over the 28-lap race to earn his first SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car victory.

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Mazda, Tri-Point, Pobst win at Portland
Submitted by Berny on Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 15:58MazdaSpeed

Source:SCCA Speed World Challenge

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 30, 2005) – Pobst Prevails at Portland, Inches Closer To SPEED Touring Car Drivers’ Championship Lead

It was only a few SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car rounds back that the championship outlook for Randy Pobst looked pretty bleak. Not anymore.

Pobst leads Curran and Richmond.
Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., sprinted out from the Air Force Reserve pole position in his No. 73 Mazdaspeed/Tri-Point Motorsport Mazda 6 and never relinquished his lead at Portland International Raceway, going flag-to-flag during the SPEED Touring Car portion of the Portland Grand Prix to earn his second win in 2005 and move into second in the SPEED Touring Car Drivers’ Championship. RealTime Racing’s Eric Curran, of South Deerfield, Mass., finished a career-high second 1.797 seconds back in the No. 45 A-SPEC/RealTime Racing Acura RSX, followed by “Mad Dog” Matt Richmond, of Mooresville, N.C., who finished a career-best third in the No. 37 BimmerWorld BMW 325i.

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