Mazda Motorsports held its MX-5 Cup Shootout earlier this week to determine who will win the scholarships to race in the Global MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires in 2021. Nine drivers are competing for one of three scholarships in the Global MX-5 Cup.
Mazda also is auditioning 10 young kart racers to compete for two spots on Mazda’s first-of-its-kind club racing factory team that will campaign two cars in Spec MX-5 in 2021.
“2020 marks the 15th year of the MX-5 Cup Shootout, with this being the first year we expanded to offer karters the opportunity to join us in sports car racing through a Shootout selection process,” commented David Cook, business development manager for Mazda Motorsports. “We’ve supported karters before, but not to the level of a factory team effort in club racing. (Two racers be selected as NASA Teen Mazda Challenge racers in the 2021 Spec MX-5 Challenge Series.) In addition to this effort, our director Nelson Cosgrove tasked our team to build our support for our top club racers interested in moving to MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires as it will be an IMSA-sanctioned series starting in 2021. That’s why we are excited to announce that there will be three scholarships awarded to the club racers vying to compete in MX-5 Cup. It’s all about providing opportunities.”
To learn more about the process and how the Shootout is run, please visit mazdamotorsports.com. Mazda will have determined the winners by the end of the Shootout on Tuesday, with official announcements to come later.