As a way of introducing new drivers to the excitement of the $200,000 Spec MX-5 Challenge competition, Spec MX-5 LLC has announced five Spec MX-5 Shootout competitions during 2019. At each shootout a Spec MX-5 v1 race car valued at $25,000 will be up for grabs.
Shootouts will be run together with Spec MX-5 Challenge events and open to drivers with specific skill sets:
- Spec Racing Showdown: Circuit of The Americas, May 4-5 (NASA)
- Master’s Tournament: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, June 1-2 (SCCA)
- Young Driver Talent Search: Sonoma Raceway, June 15-16 (NASA)
- New Driver Examination: Road America, August 17-18 (SCCA)
- Women Winners: Utah Motorsports Campus, October 5-6 (NASA)
Shootout drivers will run with full arrive & drive services and will run in series-owned Spec MX-5 race cars. Drivers simply need to be licensed, show up and race. The cost per driver for each Shootout is $9000, the same as the per event cost for full season Spec MX-5 Challenge drivers.
Shootout winners will be evaluated on the points system used for Spec MX-5 Challenge, with points offered for each finishing position in each race. In addition, Shootout drivers will be score bonus points for qualifying, clean driving, teamwork and other factors.
“We are excited about the progress being made on the new Spec MX-5 race car and class for 2020. We want to introduce as many people as possible to this type of racing and start building the 2020 field. We think the Spec MX-5 Shootouts are a great way to do this and add to the driver talent pool already involved.”
Drivers interested in the Shootouts will have to make an application to the series. More information and the driver application is here.