The third-generation Mazda Miata series has opened up to Touring 4 cars and created shootouts that will earn one driver a new race car.
The Spec MX-5 Challenge series was created to fill a gap between Spec Miata and the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. Based on the third-generation Mazda Miata, the cars are designed to be equal and nearly as quick as a Global MX-5 Cup car.
In its inaugural year, the series was arrive-and-drive, full-season only, and ultimately awarded $100,000 in conjunction with Mazda Motorsports to champion Peter Ensor.
For the 2019 season, Mazda has made a number of adjustments. The series added the opportunity for one-off entries from both arrive-and-drive renters and owners of Touring 4-classed SCCA MX-5s. There are also a series of shootouts whereby the winner will be awarded a version 1 Spec MX-5 Challenge car.