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Revealed: Your 2022 Spec MX-5 Challenge Schedule

Today Spec MX-5 Challenge presented by Toyo Tires and its partners at Mazda Motorsports announce the highly anticipated 2022 race schedule. The schedule reflects the series’ ever-growing effort to provide a space for racer development and experienced competitors alike. The regular season will begin March 12, 2022 and run through August, culminating with a championship event later in the year

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AUSTIN, November 18, 2021 – Today Spec MX-5 Challenge presented by Toyo Tires and its partners at Mazda Motorsports announce the highly anticipated 2022 race schedule. The schedule reflects the series’ ever-growing effort to provide a space for racer development and experienced competitors alike. The regular season will begin March 12, 2022 and run through August, culminating with a championship event later in the year

“There are a lot of changes coming next season. As we work with our racers and partners, we want to make sure our schedule is engaging,” said Series Manager Anna Osburn. “We feel we’ve developed something really special.”

The 2022 Spec MX-5 Challenge Schedule

National

  1. TBA: VIRginia International Raceway
  2. May 14−15, 2022: Portland International Raceway Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour
  3. May 28-29, 2021: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NASA Great Lakes
  4. June 4-5, 2021: Sebring International Raceway SCCA Southeast
  5. July 9-10, 2022: Road America SCCA Milwaukee
  6. July 23-24, 2022: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca SFR SCCA
  7. August 6-7, 2021: Daytona International Speedway SARRRC
  8. August 20-21, 2022:  Sonoma Raceway NASA NorCal

West Region

  1. March 12-13, 2022: Willow Springs International Raceway SCCA Majors
  2. April 16-17, 2022: Buttonwillow Raceway Park NASA SoCal
  3. May 14−15, 2022: Portland International Raceway Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour
  4. July 23-24, 2022: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca SFR SCCA
  5. August 20-21, 2022:  Sonoma Raceway NASA NorCal
  6. TBA: Utah Motorsports Campus NASA Utah

North Region

  1. TBA: VIRginia International Raceway (crossover with South)
  2. April 30−May 1, 2021: Pittsburgh International Race Complex Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour
  3. May 28-29, 2021: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NASA Great Lakes
  4. July 9-10, 2022: Road America SCCA Milwaukee
  5. July 23-24, 2022: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (crossover with South) SCCA Atlanta

South Region

  1. TBA: VIRginia International Raceway (crossover with North)
  2. June 4-5, 2021: Sebring International Raceway SCCA Southeast
  3. July 23-24, 2022: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (crossover with South) SCCA Atlanta
  4. August 6-7, 2021: Daytona International Speedway SARRRC
  5. TBA: COTA

There are a variety of pro-track additions next season including Portland International Raceway and Daytona International Speedway. These were added with the intention of letting up-and-coming racers learn the tracks they may be racing in their professional careers.

Racers will count their best seven races within their respective regions to determine the regular season champions for each of the four regions. The national series champion will earn a $15,000 scholarship from Mazda, and the North, South and West region champions each will earn a $10,000 scholarship from Mazda. Along the way, the racers will earn the largest per-race payouts available for a series in club racing. And for those who participate in the championship event, which is TBA, after the regular season concludes, an additional $65,000 is on offer from the partners with a $30,000 scholarship going to the overall champion, $20,000 scholarship to second place, $10,000 to third place, and $5,000 to the Master’s champion (45 years or older).

Spec MX-5 Challenge will continue to share updates as they come.

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Spec MX-5 Challenge: Is THE Driver Development Series for amateur racing. The third generation MX-5., coming just after the Spec Miata and prior to the MX-5 Cup cars, Spec MX-5 Challenge offers a variety of competitions to appeal to diverse needs and to support driver development from karters to novices to masters to pros. Spec MX-5 Challenge also offers a National Championship with $65,000 in prize money.

Mazda Motorsports: Mazda Motorsports is responsible for all auto racing initiatives within the North American market. From promoting and servicing grassroots racers, to developing the open-wheel and sports car drivers of the future, to competing in the top-tier of North American endurance sports car racing, Mazda Motorsports oversees one of the largest and most diverse racing programs anywhere. Our mission is to ensure that anyone who wishes to race a Mazda at any level has the support they need to be competitive. Through our Mazda Team Program membership, Mazda racers have access to parts at discount, technical support, and can earn a variety of contingency awards and scholarships  as well as benefit from at-track support at many events around the country.

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