Here are the basic steps needed to be a participant in the 2020 Spec MX-5 Challenge:
Read the 2021 FAQ to determine if you’d like to run in Spec MX-5 Challenge. The FAQ summarizes philosophy, cars, points, prizes, tracks and more. The Series differs from other amateur racing so it is valuable to be familiar with the way Spec MX-5 Challenge works.
2. Confirm Costs and Budget
Check the Series Costs to confirm that you are comfortable with the costs. Create a budget.
3. Choose The Spec MX-5 Series You Want To Compete In
The variety of competitions leading to the Spec MX-5 Challenge National Championship is one of the differences between Spec MX-5 Challenge and typical amateur racing. There are 8 regular-season Series which have regular-season championships. All 8 Series allow drivers to qualify for and score points that carry over to the National Championship. For a complete explanation refer to the FAQ and this Series overview.
Obtain an SCCA and/or NASA full competition license if you do not already have one.
Review the Spec MX-5 Challenge 2021 schedule to determine which licenses will be required to run your selected races. Note: the 2021 Spec MX-5 Challenge Championship will be run under SCCA sanctioning.
5. Driver Application
No application is required. However, we recommend filling out the contact form, simply to notify the Series of your interest.
6. 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).
Buy, build or rent a 2020 Spec MX-5 race car.
7. Choose A Supporting Shop
Choose a Preferred Race Shop unless you plan on doing all car building and trackside support yourself. Complete and execute a contract with your race shop.
8. Register Car and Car Number
Optionally register your car and request car numbers by joining the Spec MX-5 Registry. Since Spec MX-5 runs in mixed-class run groups, numbers are not guaranteed at each event. Rental car drivers will not need to do this step.
9. Learn the Competition Rules
Read the Sporting Regulations to understand rules for conduct during Spec MX-5 Challenge events, points, championship qualification and more.
10. Get Livery Right
Purchase and install required Series decals (after March 1, 2020). Rental car drivers will not need to do this step.
11. 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.
12. Register Points
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. Use the Spec MX-5 Challenge points registration site. Registration is significantly discounted before each event.
13. Collect Contingency Awards
Review and collect contingency awards as outlined here.