Spec MX-5 Challenge announced that with the 2019 season the series will expand its geographic coverage to cover key pro tracks in the West and north central. The Challenge will again consist of two regular season series; in 2019 one series will be in the West and the other in the East, with a combined invitational national championship event in November.
Based around the NC-generation Mazda Spec MX-5 race car, the series debuted in 2018 with 18 drivers competing for a $100,000 scholarship.
“Many of our 2018 events had the top cars finishing within a few tenths of a second at the checkered flag. Our drivers in 2018 frequently commented that they were thrilled with that close racing, along with clean competition,” said Tom Martin, one of the directors of the Spec MX-5 Challenge Series. “Our 22 races in 2018 saw nine different drivers stand on the top step of the podium, which we think is indicative of the high quality of the drivers who ran the series. With the enhancements we are making for 2019, we think even more top-notch drivers will want to join us,” he observed.