T4 cars may compete in championship series or individual events

T4 cars may compete in championship series or individual events

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T4 cars may compete in championship series or individual events

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Spec MX-5, LLC announced that Mazda MX-5s from the SCCA T4 class will be eligible to compete in the 2019 Spec MX-5 Challenge Series. The Spec MX-5 Challenge is a pro racing series for NC-generation Mazda MX-5 race cars with over $100,000 in prize money supported by Yokohama Tire, Mazda and PAGID Racing. The Challenge runs as two series – East and West – at tracks including Virginia International Raceway, Sebring Raceway, Road America, Circuit of The Americas, Sonoma Raceway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta. Qualifiers come together for a combined national championship.

The Spec MX-5 Challenge is the pro series for NC-generation Mazda MX-5 race cars, providing a step between the ultra-popular Spec Miata club classes and Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup. “We see the NC-generation MX-5 as ideal for driver development through road racing,” said Todd Lamb, Spec MX-5 Series co-director. “The car provides a relatively low-cost platform, which helps to ensure a large and competitive group of drivers, including drivers moving up from karting and Spec Miata. In 2018, Spec MX-5 Challenge drivers showed just how dynamic racing can be in these cars, with close fields, lots of passing and many winners decided by tenths or hundredths of a second,” he observed.

Technically, current SCCA T4 cars and the Spec MX-5 Challenge cars are very similar. With the vision of having over 100 cars racing in Spec MX-5 Challenge, the series decided to welcome SCCA T4 cars with minor modifications for 2019. “The series is working with Mazda, SCCA and NASA to build a common rule set for NC MX-5s for the future, and we see 2019 participation by T4 cars to be an important step toward future major club classes and a related pro series,” said Tom Martin, Spec MX-5 series co-director.

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