Mazda has had a long and successful history competing in Pirelli World Challenge, taking home Touring Class A manufacturers’ championships the past two years, and in Touring Car, earning the manufacturers’ championship two of the last three years. To help keep this momentum, Mazda is infusing additional support via the Mazda Team Support Program.
The contingency program was enhanced in 2018 by adding significant prize money for those who finish in the top six at the end of the season, in addition to podium-paying contingency along the way. Mazda is offering $25,000 for a TCA championship, with $15,000 for second; $12,500 for third; $10,000 for fourth; $7,500 for fifth; and $5,000 for sixth place overall.
For a race win (Mazda took 9/12 race wins in 2017), Mazda pays $2,000; second place pays $1,500; third pays $1,000. After feedback from Mazda racers post Circuit of the Americas (COTA, event 1 for TCA), Mazda added per-race contingency awards of $800 for fourth, $600 for fifth, and $500 for sixth. Now Mazda has announced it will double payments for all six positions for both Lime Rock Park races during the Memorial Day weekend, which Mazda has dominated in year’s past.
While Mazda contingency can be quite helpful, it’s not the only financial awards; Pirelli World Challenge offers considerable contingency awards, as well. The payout varies based on car count; for reference, last TCA event at VIRginia International Raceway saw 14 entries, which pays the top seven. The winner earned more than $2,000 from PWC; second place more than $1,000; third place more than $750; and fourth place more than $500 per race. It all adds up, especially for those running up front, which has been the focus for Mazda this year.