Spec MX-5, SCCA Time Trials, and TCR highlight the contingency awards enhancements
In club racing and autocross, many auto manufacturers pay contingency awards, though not all. Of those who do, the philosophy has largely been to pay just the winner or, perhaps, the podium. Manufacturers want wins and podiums to be able to showcase.
Mazda is different. It wants to showcase the talented Mazda racers, but it also rewards many racers who finish deeper in the fields. In 2017, Mazda began paying deeper in the fields – often the top five finishing positions. In 2018, Mazda paid a little deeper overall. In 2019, it further expanded its awards to racers in endurance racing – American Endurance Racing (AER), ChampCar, and World Racing League (WRL). In all, Mazda has nearly doubled the number of racers it pays contingency awards to compared to three-plus years ago.