As with all other racing organizations, Spec MX-5 Challenge, LLC has had to adjust the 2020 schedule for the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series to account for the challenges of COVID-19 and related public health orders. This work is now complete (although COVID-19 changes are not expected, they may still occur), so Spec MX-5 Challenge is announcing its revised schedule for 2020.
As originally planned, the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series consists of 4 different competitions: the East Regional Series, the West Regional Series, the National Series, and Invitationals. The competitors in each of these competitions will score points, which they may bring to the Spec MX-5 Challenge Championship. “We think this format of allowing different competitions that suit different driver preferences and budgets to feed into a single championship with significant prizes is an exciting approach,” said Tom Martin, Managing Director of Spec MX-5 Challenge, LLC. “We are pleased that we may be able to retain this format despite the complexities the world is facing right now.”
Each of the competitions (East, West, National and Invitational) will run a slightly shortened season in the new plan:
For a list of shops supporting Regional Series competition visit the Preferred Race Shops page.
If you have questions about entering one of the individual Invitational events: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also apply here for full arrive & drive Invitational slots.
The revisions keep many of the “bucket list” tracks that were in the original plan on the schedule. “We have added two events in the central part of the country now that we have a clearer idea of where cars have been built. Hallett Motor Racing Circuit is an historic club track that allows southern and southwestern drivers to get on track as soon as was practical, and Road America is one of the great tracks in the country and the site of the SCCA Runoffs this year,” said Martin. He also noted that the rules have been revised to allow competitors to run in both East and West events and combine their points, with some restrictions.
“In addition to a great track line-up, the condensed schedule means that we will have a combination of eight or more National and Invitational drivers at many events, making high car counts more likely,” noted Martin. “We also know that more Regional drivers and race shops have had time to complete their builds, further making big fields likely.”
Updates to the rules, car numbers and points system have been posted in the Competitor Info/Rules tab of the Spec MX-5 Challenge site.