Since 2006, the Mazda MX-5 Cup has produced some of the closest races in all of motorsports. As a part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Ladder, the series has been a springboard for young drivers looking to move up. It is also a destination series for others who simply want affordable racing on a professional weekend. Key to the success has been great partnerships. For 2014, BFGoodrich Tires is increasing their partnership to that of presenting sponsor. For 2014, the series will be known as the Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
“The relationship between BFGoodrich Tires and Mazda now covers four decades and included a successful trip to Le Mans in 1984. We are proud of both our brands’ heritage in motorsport, which continues in 2014 with the Mazda MX-5 Cup utilizing the BFGoodrich g-Force R1-S as the spec tire and BFGoodrich becoming the series presenting sponsor,” noted Peter Calhoun, Motorsport Marketing Manager for BFGoodrich Tires, Inc.
“The MX-5 Cup is known within the paddock as must see’ racing with many races determined on the last lap,” said John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports. “Key to the success is great partners, and we have enjoyed fantastic support from both the marketing and technical sides of BFGoodrich Tires. We’re thrilled to have them step up as the presenting sponsor for 2014. We also wish to thank our friends at Playboy for six great years. Hopefully our paths will cross again.”
For the 2013 season, the total series payout was in excess of $500,000. The top prize of the MX-5 Cup remains a Mazda supported ride in a series above.
The previously announced 2014 schedule includes five weekends with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and one with Indycar. All weekends will be doubleheaders.
March 12-14, Rounds 1 & 2, Sebring International Raceway with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
May 2-4, Rounds 3 & 4, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
June 27-29, Round 5 & 6, Grand Prix of Houston with IndyCar Series
July 11-13, Rounds 7 & 8, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
August 8-10, Round 9 & 10, Road America with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Oct. 1-3, Rounds 11 & 12, Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta with TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Teams expected to race in the 2014 MX-5 Cup include:
Atlanta Motorsports Group
CJ Wilson Racing
In addition to the main MX-5 Cup class, there is a separate class for MX-5s prepared by the Skip Barber Racing School. Their race within a race is classified as the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge.