Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. has announced that its Proxes RR DOT competition tire has been selected as the specified tire for the newly announced Mazda Spec MX-5 Challenge Racing Series, and Toyo Tires is to be named the presenting partner.
This new series creates a single spec applying to multiple sanctioning bodies including National Auto Sport Association and the Sports Car Club of America. The symmetric two-groove Proxes RR comes off-the-shelf in race ready condition with a 4/32nds tread depth. It is considered ideal due to its fast lap times, consistency and excellent wear characteristics.
The series targets the 2006 – 2015 Mazda MX-5, a chassis constructed in high numbers and is known for its affordability and great handling characteristics.
Mazda Motorsports offers “kits” in various forms, whether converting an OE street car, or converting a race car already built to meet an existing race class for a specific sanctioning body. The Spec MX-5 also can compete in NASA’s ST5 class. As a great incentive to build a Spec MX-5 car, Toyo Tires is providing one complimentary set of Proxes RR tires to those who purchase one of the first 50 competition kits through Mazda Motorsports.
“Racers look for reliability, consistency, affordability, and products that make vehicles fun to drive,” commented David Cook, business development manager, Mazda Motorsports. “Toyo’s offering and support best met these pillars, offering racers an unbeatable value. This partnership with Toyo on Spec MX-5 — the generation of Miata that follows Spec Miata — is a big win for the future of the motorsport industry and for Mazda. Simply, this value proposition will help safeguard and grow motorsports participation in the U.S., and allow Mazda to continue being the market leader in club racing in terms of more racers competing in a Mazda than any other car manufacturer.”
The Spec MX-5 Challenge presented by Toyo Tires will have a series of marquee events run in coordination with NASA and the Sports Car Club of America. The preliminary 2020 racing schedule and event structure will lead to both regional and overall championships.