Staff USA Scholarship’s Aaron Jeansonne weblog: Going professional racing!
Hello all, I’m doing my finest to not be speechless. As a few of you could have seen, I’ve been chosen because the 2020 Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout winner which grants a $110,000 sponsorship into the Mazda MX-5 Cup offered by BFGoodrich Tires. Alongside me are two $75,000 Mazda scholarship recipients Chris Nunes and Savannah Little. Congratulations to them and likewise congrats to the Spec MX-5 Shootout winners Alex Berg and Bryson Morris.
Successful this scholarship has been an enormous objective of mine for some time now. After being the runner-up final 12 months, I’ve been very lucky to remain behind the wheel of a Mazda this season in Spec Miata and within the Spec MX-5 Championship, during which I obtained the Rising Expertise award. I’ve labored extraordinarily onerous out and in of the automotive to enhance all facets of my sport this 12 months. I wanted each little bit of that enchancment as a result of the competitors pushed me to the max this week.
Upon flying dwelling final evening after the shootout I instantly packed up a U-Haul and hit the highway to my new dwelling in Indianapolis with my girlfriend, Kennedy, and our superior cats. After getting hit very onerous with the hurricanes, I believed that the racing capital of the world was the place I wanted to be to maneuver ahead with my life and my racing profession. I’m as hungry as ever and I can’t wait to get to work subsequent season.
One other thrilling think about that is that MX-5 Cup will probably be an IMSA-sanctioned collection subsequent 12 months and we can race on a few of America’s most iconic tracks, similar to Daytona Worldwide Speedway (earlier than the Rolex 24), the road course at St. Petersburg, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and others. Daytona in January is simply across the nook although, so I have to get testing instantly! I’ve not but chosen a crew to compete with however I’ll replace as quickly as it’s determined.
Thanks to Mazda for all they’ve achieved for me and my racing profession, and to collection companions BFGoodrich Tires and Pagid Racing. Flis Efficiency did an unimaginable job with the shootout, offering wonderful and equal vehicles. Additionally they positioned liveries on the automotive with our names and MX-5 Cup Shootout on them, they usually had a really skilled show arrange. Their effectivity and kindness was additionally an important asset to the shootout. To Winding Highway Racing, Jared Thomas Racing, and others which have helped me develop this 12 months, it means rather a lot. I additionally thank Bell Helmets and Sparco for protecting me protected and styling out on observe, and to Staff USA Scholarship for believing in me from the start.
I hope you might be all effectively and have a pleasant vacation season together with your households. All the very best.