New Competitor Checklist


Here are the basic steps needed to be a participant in the 2020 Spec MX-5 Challenge:


Read 2020 FAQ to determine which competitions you’d like to run in Spec MX-5 Challenge: National Series, West Regional Series, East Regional Series or Invitational.

Read the National Series FAQ, Regional Series FAQ or Invitational Series FAQ to confirm your choice.

Confirm Costs and Budget

Check the Series Costs to confirm that you are comfortable with the costs. Create a budget.


Obtain an SCCA full competition license if you do not already have one.

Review the Spec MX-5 Challenge 2020 schedule to determine if the Spec MX-5 Challenge competition you have chosen will require a NASA Pro Racing full competition license. If so, obtain a NASA license.

Driver Application

Fill out and send in the 2020 Driver Application. This is recommended for all drivers, but only required for National and Invitational drivers. This is simply to notify the Series of your interest. Acceptance into the National or Invitational Series is based on the completion of contracts with your supporting race shop, the Series and payment of requisite fees.

Obtain Car

Read the Technical Rules for guidance on car requirements if you plan to build your car.

Check the 2020 Spec MX-5 Build Sheet to see if you are comfortable with car costs, if you will be buying a car (Invitational drivers rent their cars).

Choose a Preferred Race Shop unless you plan on doing all car building and trackside support yourself. If you are running the National Series or Invitationals, you may not need this step.

Buy, build or rent a 2020 Spec MX-5 race car.

Contract For Support

Upon acceptance by the Series, if required, complete and execute a contract with your race shop.

Register Car and Car Number

Register your car and request car numbers by joining the Spec MX-5 Registry. Rental car drivers will not need to do this step.

Learn the Competition Rules

Read the Sporting Regulations to understand rules for conduct during Spec MX-5 Challenge events, points, championship qualification and more.

Get Livery Right

Purchase and install required Series decals (after March 1, 2020). Rental car drivers will not need to do this step.

Purchase and install required driver suit patches or embroider/heat transfer logos to suit. Logo art is here.

Enter Events

Enter the events that make up the Spec MX-5 Challenge competition you intend to participate in via the regional SCCA or NASA sanctioning body hosting each race. Sign up for the test day for each event in which you are participating (note that this is sometimes operated by the track not the sanctioning body). Details are posted here for each event as they become available.

Register Points

If you are an East or West Regional Series competitor, register your participation in each event with Spec MX-5 Challenge, LLC to ensure that you are credited with points earned toward and at the Championship (after Feb 24, 2020). Use this points registration form. Registration for National and Invitational drivers happens via your supporting shop, which must be contracted with the Series and pay your registration fees.

Collect Contingency Awards

Review and collect contingency awards as outlined here.