Drivers will earn points by racing in Marquee events. These points will “carry over” to the Spec MX-5 Challenge Championship event. Points scored in the Championship races plus carryover points will determine the Championship winners. Regional Series, Invitational Series and National Series score carryover points differently, with the intent of allowing drivers in different series with different race structures to come together at the end of the year and compete fairly.
National Series Points
National Series points during the regular season will be assigned for each race finish as follows: 1st – 30, 2nd – 29, 3rd – 28, 4th – 27, 5th – 26 and so on if there are more than five contestants.
At the end of the season, National Series drivers will be ranked based on their best 8 races. The top-ranking competitor is awarded 66 carryover points, P2 receives 65, P3 receives 64 and so on.
All National Series drivers who have run at least 3 events qualify for the Championship.
Invitational Series Points
Invitational points during the regular season will be assigned for each race finish as follows:
1st – 30, 2nd – 29, 3rd – 28, 4th – 27, 5th – 26 and so on if there are more than five contestants. Invitational drivers also score points for teamwork, clean driving and social media.
Invitational drivers may only count two races as carryover points. The top 3 points scorers in each event will qualify for the Championship.
Regional Series Points
Regular Season Points System:
Regional season points will be assigned for each race finish as follows:
1st – 10, 2nd – 9, 3rd – 8, 4th – 7, 5th – 6, 6th – 5, 7th – 4, 8th – 3, 9th – 2, 10th – 1
A bonus point will be awarded for starting each Regional race (max 6 races)
Regular season finishing order will be established by adding the points from each driver’s best 6 races to bonus points. The highest point total (for 6 races) will be awarded first place for the regular season, the second highest will be awarded second place, and so on.
Carryover points will be the sum of the race points earned in the regular season. Thus, a driver who has run 10 races will carry over the sum of the points from his or her best 6 races including bonus points.
Any driver who is registered for Regionals, and runs at least one race, will be qualified for the Championship.
Spec MX-5 Challenge Championship
As many as the top 60 full-season drivers from the series may qualify, based on regular season carryover points, to compete head-to-head at the Championship Event.
Drivers who qualify for the Championship Event will start the Championship Event with the carryover points they earned in the regular season.
Championship Event points will be assigned for each Championship race finish as follows: 1st – 30, 2nd – 29, 3rd – 28, 4th – 27, 5th – 26, 6th – 25 and so on down to 30th place.
The Championship winner will be the driver with the highest points total based on carryover points plus Championship Race 1 points plus Championship Race 2 points.