Many racers in the past utilized the old Skip Barber MX-5 Challenge that ran as part of the Battery Tender MX-5 Cup during the NC (third-generation) MX-5 era as a launching point into MX-5 Cup and beyond, including rising stars Kenton Koch and Robby Foley. Since then, those cars have found a new lease on life in the hands of Atlanta Speedwerks and Winding Road Racing with their new Spec MX-5 Challenge. And now, the series, which is running both East and Central in 2018, will meet at Road Atlanta in November for the championship. As the Skip Barber MX-5 Challenge did in the past this will once again provide a springboard to the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires via a Mazda advancement scholarship.
Jason Connole is one of those taking advantage of the opportunity in hopes of winning the title and earning $100,000 toward a season in MX-5 Cup. He’s off to a good start, too, winning three of the four Eastern races so far.