Ron Bauer is one part of a team looking to cement Mazda’s place in the sport
A quick look at the entry list for the SCCA Tire Rack Solo National Championships or even any regional event would indicate that there is no shortage of Mazdas in autocross competition. A second look, though, would reveal some concentrations in models and classes. While there are some outliers — Clint Griest’s E Street Prepared Mazdaspeed6 that he shares with Johanna Foege comes to mind — most of the entries are in various generation of Miata, with some RX-7s and RX-8s thrown in.
Ron Bauer knows what a good autocross car a Miata can be, competing in his ND in the B Street Prepared class where he won the 2018 SCCA National Championship. But he also knows there are a lot of other Mazda models that are fun to autocross that may not be as well represented. Consequently, he and some other Mazda autocrossers — Julian Garfield and Deana Kelly, among others — and with the help and encouragement of Mazda Motorsports’ Manager of Business Development David Cook, are looking at ways to deepen and broaden the representation of Mazda competitors in autocross.