Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Rookie of the Year is admired for his racing prowess and attitude
There’s no doubt that Selin Rollan is a talented racer. He won the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout after finishing second in one of the most hotly contested Spec Miata races in Runoffs history. He then went on to win his second race in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires, finish third in the championship and, of course, was named Rookie of the Year. But being a great racer isn’t necessarily enough to be worthy of the Spirit of Mazda. There’s more to it than that.
“There are a lot of things with Selin,” says friend and fellow Spec Miata racer Preston Pardus, who beat Rollan at the Runoffs in 2017, but saw Rollan go on to win the MRT24 Shootout. “First, the person he is — he will help anyone. He’s approachable; you can have a conversation about anything with him. His knowledge of cars — if you’re talking about racing, he knows a lot. And when I was going through a difficult time, he was one of the main people supporting me.”
Rollan not only races Mazdas, he sells them. Rollan works as a salesman at Classic Mazda in Orlando, Fla., home to another Spirit of Mazda winner, Heath Patterson.
“Being a Mazda salesperson, he’s promoting the brand,” says Sick Sideways team owner and Rollan’s teammate, John Dean II. “He’s more in the Mazda atmosphere than most of us, because he’s in there every day trying to sell Mazdas. And he’s very passionate about racing Mazdas and he’s been doing it for many years.”