Mazda and Motorsports: An Indomitable Combination
Mazda understands that Driving Matters. A reputation for back-to-basics powertrain engineering and sporty handling runs across the Mazda lineup , and it’s immediately obvious that motorsports is part of Mazda’s DNA.
That’s why Mazda invests so much in:
The Battery Tender MX-5 Cup
The Spec Miata Series
The Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC)
The Mazda Motorsports Legacy
Racing and motorsports aren’t just a fleeting fancy. Mazda has been racing its vehicles since 1968. Now, with years of winning events and challenging conventions behind them, the team continue to build cars that are lighter, faster, and more agile than those that came before.
It’s a philosophy that helped Mazda win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991, and it’s a spirit that infuses every Mazda model, from Mazda3 Hatchback to Mazda CX-9 three-row SUV.
The Modern Mazda Motorsports Following
Mazda’s influence on the motorsports industry is profound and far-reaching. More Mazdas are road-raced than any other car brand, and the intensely popular MX-5 Miata is the most-raced car in the world. As such, the fastest growing racing class in the U.S. is the SCCA’s Spec Miata class.
Mazda’s motorsports influence can also be seen in:
The Battery Tender MX-5 Cup : This Mazda-owned and IndyCar-sanctioned entry-level professional racing series helps motorsport’s rising stars find their feet – elite drivers earn a $200,000 scholarship from Mazda.
Prototype Racing : Not just the top sports car series in North America, Prototype Racing is where you’ll discover the most high-tech, carbon fiber “wing” cars. Mazda’s two-car team calls on the skills and experience of four full-season drivers, and each and every member comes from the Mazda driver development program.
The Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC) : To assist young drivers in their jump from go-karts to legitimate racers, Ron Cortez and Mazda created a Teen Class within Spec Miata. It’s a qualifying series for the annual Mazda Road to 24 $100,000 Scholarship Shootout.