Mazda Motorsports’ new director sees a bright future for Mazda’s amateur racers
New director of Mazda Motorsports Nelson Cosgrove admits that the grassroots side of the racing is somewhat unfamiliar to him, having spent his career with Ford, Penske, Joe Gibbs Motorsports and Toyota Racing Development. But he likes what he’s seen so far in visits to Mazda and Mazda Motorsports headquarters in Irvine, Calif.
“When I was there, I met all the folks at the Mazda Motorsports competition parts department,” Cosgrove says. “They’re into it; it’s what they love. They love the customer stories, they love to engage with technical support, and they love the passion the customers have. That was one of the things that was really intriguing to me coming into this role. I’ve been in a couple of situations with OEMs in my past life, but the grassroots level was never part of that. This is an attractive part of the whole brand, and I think it’s awesome. Everything from autocross to club racing, Mazda’s roughly 55 percent of the participation – that’s a lot to say about the brand.”