$10,000 In Scholarships to be Awarded to Spec MX-5 Invitational Applicants
November 26, 2019 (AUSTIN, TX) – Spec MX-5 Challenge, LLC today announced that Mazda Motorsports will award 10 scholarships to help ten talented drivers attend Spec MX-5 Challenge Invitationals. The purpose is for Mazda to help identify and gauge top talent for its Mazda Road to 24 Shootout, in which one driver, annually, earns a scholarship valued at $100,000.
The Spec MX-5 Challenge Invitationals are one-weekend, two-race events that allow drivers to qualify and win points toward the Spec MX-5 Championship. The Invitationals provide full arrive-and-drive services for drivers, including the new 2020 Spec MX-5 race car. This makes it convenient for drivers, who are not regularly running in Spec MX-5 competition, to qualify for and compete in the championship. Invitationals are held in conjunction with East Regional Series and West Regional Series Spec MX-5 Challenge races. Invitational events are currently planned for Sebring, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Summit Point and Thunderhill Raceway, with one additional western event to come.
Mazda Motorsports will offer $10,000 in scholarships to support 10 entries. This support will apply to 10 entrants during the season across the five Invitational events of 2020. The purpose is to help defray entry costs and will be awarded prior to each Invitational. Spec MX-5 Challenge, LLC is currently inviting applications which have a deadline of January 27, 2020 to earn these awards.
Applications will be reviewed by Mazda Motorsports and Spec MX-5, LLC. The focus for the review process will be on demonstrated driver skills, media appeal, need and growth potential.
“We want to encourage club racers to apply for the Invitationals who desire to be considered for next year’s Mazda Road To 24 Shootout and are not competing in Spec Miata or other cars/classes in which we can clearly benchmark performance,” said David Cook, Manager, Business Development, Mazda Motorsports. “Participation in a Spec MX-5 Invitational will help us gauge your skills. We expect the Spec MX-5 Challenge competition to be demanding, so we will be paying special attention to drivers who run these events and especially those who contend at the Spec MX-5 Challenge Championship,” he added.
About Spec MX-5 Challenge
Positioned between Spec Miata and Global MX-5 Cup, Spec MX-5 race cars are carefully developed by Mazda Motorsports for pace, affordability and fun. Spec MX-5 Challenge gives drivers a new rung on the ladder system toward pro racing that will yield over $100k in winnings to top participants. With a variety of service packages, and race car sharing or ownership, Spec MX-5 Challenge is a cost-effective group of regional and national events focused on driver development.
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