Tom Martin, along with Todd Lamb, one of the founders of the Spec MX-5 Challenge, explains that to get the series off the ground in 2019, the full-series, arrive-and-drive model was the only way to go. But as the series enters its second season, it is opening up to both single-race entries and competitors who bring their own cars. Martin expects car counts in the series, which will have 10 Eastern races and 10 Western races (five doubleheader weekends each) before meeting at Road Atlanta for a grand finale, to grow as a result.
“Part of the vision of the series from the beginning has been to have Spec MX-5 Challenge be the pro component of a large club racing class that runs the NC-generation MX-5,” says Martin. “To do that, we have to have more people touch, feel, taste and be excited by what we’re doing, and that means opening our arms to different ways of participating.