Mazda MX-5 Cup to be sanctioned by IMSA
The World Mazda MX-5 Cup offered by BFGoodrich Tires is headed for a brand new sanctioning residence for 2021. Mazda Motorsports has chosen the IMSA) because the sanctioning physique associate for the World Mazda MX-5 Cup Collection for its fifteenth season in 2021. Lately, the sequence had been sanctioned by INDYCAR.
“For Mazda, our core mission is to uplift folks, and one of many methods we do that’s by way of motorsports,” Director of Mazda Motorsports Nelson Cosgrove mentioned. “Our long-term alliance with IMSA has confirmed we share enthusiasm for sports activities automobile racing and dedication to uplift our groups and followers. Including the World Mazda MX-5 Cup Collection to the IMSA occasion schedule will enable these followers to realize a deeper understanding of the model.”
The World Mazda MX-5 Cup Collection is the signature spec sequence for the Mazda Highway to 24 (#MRT24). Mazda-powered grassroots champions earn a Mazda scholarship to advance their profession. The World Mazda MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship.
The combination of World Mazda MX-5 Cup into the IMSA occasions will start as a part of 59th Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend that opens the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season on Jan. 28-31, 2021.
The 2021 World Mazda MX-5 Cup season will finish as a part of one other iconic endurance racing weekend, at Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta alongside the WeatherTech Championship’s annual Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 6-9. The whole 2021 World MX-5 Cup schedule will likely be unveiled within the close to future.
“One of many key beliefs on which IMSA was based upon over 5 many years in the past is having a platform of varied race sequence that permits passionate and aspiring drivers, mechanics, engineers and race groups the chance to enter the best ranges of sports activities automobile racing in an economical method,” mentioned IMSA President John Doonan. “There isn’t any query that the World MX-5 Cup Championship aligns with that main IMSA aim.
“The nonstop racing motion in MX-5 Cup is a number of the most fun anyplace on the earth and is an incredible steppingstone for the following era of sports activities automobile racing expertise. Primarily based on the numerous worth for companions and producers on website or throughout race broadcasts, MX-5 Cup and IMSA present an ideal venue to develop manufacturers, entertain shoppers and friends, and notice large return on funding.”
Andersen Promotions, which grew its operations to handle the championship on behalf of Mazda beginning with the 2017 season, has additionally reached an prolonged settlement to proceed to supervise the one-make class.
The weekend format will proceed to characteristic two observe periods, a qualifying session after which two races. No main modifications to the rulebook are anticipated right now.
The 2020 season of the World Mazda MX-5 Cup is ready for an additional thrilling championship showdown with a doubleheader season finale weekend set to happen as a part of the St. Pete GP in St. Petersburg, FL (October 23-25).