With just 4.1 seconds as the total margin of victory from a full twelve-race schedule, the 2017 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires season was one of the most hotly contested championships in the sport. The Mazda vision of taking a production-based Mazda MX-5 Cup car to the track produced incredible parity of competition once again, as evidenced by the nearly 2,000 on-track passes that were completed during the 2017 season.
Series officials have announced that the 2018 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup season will now include two classes of competition with integration of the “Challenger Class presented by Monticello Motor Club.”
Mazda has long been known for its Challenger Spirit, and the creation of a new Challenger Class will create a new opportunity for competition within the INDYCAR-sanctioned series.
Drivers in the Challenger Class will be self-selected, and approved by the series, with competitors that are within 103% of the quickest time in final practice not being able to continue in the class without express permission from the INDYCAR race director. The Challenger Class will be open to anyone who qualifies for an INDYCAR license, which includes members from all race series, track days, country clubs, and more.