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.
The points system is presented in the Series Sporting Regulations in detail here. The rules sA summary is below.
|Spec MX-5 Challenge||National Series||Regional Series||Invitational|
|Events required to qualify for championship||3 events||1 race||1 event|
|Max points per race||30 per race||10 per race||32 per race|
|Points scored versus||Other National drivers||Other Regional drivers*||Other Invitational drivers|
|Bonus points per race||Zero||1||6 per event|
|Max Carryover races||Ranking based on best 8 races||6 races (points), 10 races (bonus)||2 races plus bonus, at one event|
|Max possible Carryover points||70||70||70|
|Points registration fee||included||$100 per event||Included|
|Championship points||30 per race||30 per race||30 per race|
|Championship points scored versus||All Spec MX-5 Challenge drivers||All Spec MX-5 Challenge drivers||All Spec MX-5 Challenge drivers|
|* except NASA Championship, vs. ST5 class|
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 70 carryover points, P2 receives 68, P3 receives 66 and so on.
All National Series drivers must contract and pay for 5 events, and those 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 – 32, 2nd – 30, 3rd – 29, 4th – 28, 5th – 27 and so on if there are more than five contestants. Invitational drivers also score points for teamwork, clean driving and social media (2 points for each award).
Invitational drivers may only count two races and bonus points at one event, as carryover points. All Invitational drivers who are paid and in good standing will qualify for the Championship.
Regional Series Points
Regular Season Points System:
Regional points are only awarded to drivers who have registered their points.
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. 10 races)
Regular season finishing order will be established by adding the points from each driver’s best 6 races to bonus points from up to 10 races. The highest point total (for 6 races + bonus) 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 and register, 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.