The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires staged two thrilling races to open the 2018 season at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend, and now race fans have the chance to watch them both.
With over 30 entries, the double-header event featured the launch of the Challenger Class presented by Monticello Motor Club as well as the first race weekend of the season for the large field of rookie runners who look to claim the $75,000 prize offered by Mazda for the highest finishing rookie. The season-opener was also the first round of battle for the overall championship, which will see the winner emerge with $200,000 in support from Mazda for the series champion.
Race 1 featured a first time winner scoring victory after a late race restart staged a final lap sprint to the checkered flag.
Sunday’s Race 2 saw one driver forced to start at the back of the pack, only to race their way all the way to the front as the entire field made the most of the BFGoodrich g-Force wet tires on the 20-turn, 3.431-mile road course.
Wet or dry, both races had some breathtaking moments with some outstanding close competition and extensive dicing all the way through the field. With over 300 on-track passes being made during the two races, the drivers who earned the Battery Tender Hard Chargers had their work cut out for them as the series staged two great races.
“From the moment our teams and drivers arrived at COTA to the final few seconds of Race 2, this was an outstanding way for us to kick off our 13th season of Global Mazda MX-5 Cup competition,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “We focus on parity and that starts with the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, giving all of our racers the same tools to go out and perform. And the proof was in the pudding this weekend, with five different teams represented on the podium with our Challenger and Masters winners. So we are really happy with the weekend, and it is great that folks who didn’t get to see it live can watch them now!”