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-- Reduced Entry Fees, New Class, New Brakes, Season Finale & More --

February 16, 2011 (Irvine, Calif).  MAZDASPEED shared some belated Valentine’s love with key announcements related to the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup.  The 2011 season kicks off March 4-5 at the Homesead-Miami Speedway.

“We are optimistic about the 2011 season and hope that racers are finding the economic improvements that are showing up across the country.  Racers have asked us to help reduce costs and we have listened.  Changes include compacted race weekends to minimize travel expenses and 2011 entry fees that have been reduced to just $499 per race,” noted Jim Jordan, Alternative Marketing Manager, Mazda North American Operations. 


The previously announced eight rounds have been supplemented by the addition of a season finale in conjunction with the American Le Mans Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, for a nine race season featuring two double-header weekends.  The complete 2011 race schedule is as follows:

Round     Date             Track                                          Parners
1            March 4-6      Homestead Miami Speedway         Grand Am            
2            April 29-May   Road Atlanta                   Speedfest at the Classic Motorsport Mitty      

3/4         May 27-30     Lime Rock                                 Grand Am           
5            June 17-18    Road America                            SCCA June Sprints
6            July 9-10       Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca       Grand Am           
7/8         Sept  2-5       Brainerd                                    SCCA PRO
9            Sept 29-30    Road Atlanta                              ALMS    


In an effort to make the MX-5 Cup even more accessible, Mazda is teaming up with the Skip Barber Racing School to offer an "arrive & race" program, using the same MX-5 cars that race in the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge Series.
Todd Snyder, VP of Competition for Skip Barber explained, "We are doing this as an experiment at Homestead.  If the reaction is strong enough, this will become a championship within a championship, adding yet another rung to the existing MAZDASPEED Motorsport Development Ladder.”
Interested racers should contact the Skip Barber Racing School at (866) 932-1949 for details on pricing and availability.


New for 2011 is Hawk Performance Brakes.  Hawk will be the official brake pad supplier for the series and will post contingency prize money for the top-three at every race.  All teams will use Hawk Performance DTC pads. Details will be posted to

“For over eight years Hawk Performance has been the official brake products of SCCA,” stated Carl Harbert, Director of Marketing.  “Establishing an additional sponsorship position with an exceptional race program like the Mazda MX-5 Cup further solidifies our commitment to the SCCA racing community.”


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, Mazda2, 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 2,500 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, the Skip Barber Schools for driving and racing, and the Mazda Road to Indy.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and 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; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.


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