New support adds to the already successful program for young racers
The Teen Mazda Challenge has been in transition for the past year after the passing of founder Ron Cortez. But a core group of enthusiasts for the series have been working hard to not only keep it going, but to make it better than ever. Designed to be a driver development program and the first rung on the ladder to professional sports car racing, the series has more contingencies, more support and even a new logo.
Drivers as young as 13 who wish to take their karting careers to the next level can sign up for the Teen Mazda Challenge and capitalize on the benefits and contingency prizes it offers, which include the Ron Cortez Memorial Awards to help get TMC participants to the NASA Championships, this year held at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, and an invite to the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.
“Teen Mazda Challenge isn’t necessarily a replacement for karting, but it is a great way to build upon the skills these young drivers learn in a kart,” says NASA Vice President Jeremy Croiset. “This is a one-of-a-kind program that can help drivers from age 13 to 20 line up with competitors from across the country to show they have what it takes to climb the motorsports ladder. That said, if drivers want to continue karting and also race in Teen Mazda Challenge, they can do that, too. The prize packages are the same for all TMC drivers.”