The battle for the $30,000 Mazda contingency awards prize for earning the most points across any eight SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Spec Miata races results in a narrow victory determined at the last Hoosier Racing Tire SCCA Super Tour event of the season.
Winning in Spec Miata (SM) is one of the most difficult challenges in motorsport. The competition and the talent of the drivers and teams, year-after-year, have shown us that those who succeed in SM, succeed in anything racing – club or professional. Patrick Gallagher, Andrew Carbonell, Selin Rollan, Tom Long, Elivan Goulart, Mark Drennan, and the list goes on. It’s been a springboard for many, as well as a destination series for many.
SM racer, engine builder, and owner of the Texas-based SM prep shop X-Factor Racing, Chris Haldeman, has proven over the years that he is one of the best SM drivers in the world. Michael Carter, teenager, driver for Rossini Racing Products, is known for his infectious smile even when not winning a race. But don’t let that mislead his competitiveness. Carter may be currently the best SM driver in the world. For those who follow the class, you knew this would be a battle of titans. And knowing the special talent this season, Mazda Motorsports put up an additional $30,000 contingency award to be paid to a Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires team for a two-event sponsorship in 2019 on behalf of $30K SM Challenge winner.