Mazda Supports Grassroots Motorsports
Mazda has a long history of supporting racing on all levels, and 2012 was no different. On any given weekend more Mazda vehicles are being raced on the road than any other brand, and it’s probably also true that Mazda sponsors their winning racers more than any other brand. Mazda gave out more than $2 million to winning racers at all levels of competition during 2012. That money is especially important to independent grassroots racers that don’t have a large corporate sponsor standing behind them.
Mazda offers racers using either a Mazda vehicle or a Mazda powered racecar payouts for finishing well, in addition to any prizes that the events regularly offer. These prizes range from $125 for coming in second at a SCCA Pro SOLO race all the way up to $5,000 for coming out on top in a SCCA national championship. Mazda also offers the biggest prize in the SCCA season, with the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, which goes to the winner of the annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout, and adds up to a value of over $75,000. That’s serious winnings for a club racer.
Another way Mazda helps their club racers is by giving them competitively priced parts and extensive tech support. The Japanese automaker also offers the best prize program for racers using their cars in the business. The Competition Parts Manager for Mazda Motorsports, Steve Sanders, joked “That’s the one area in racing where going over budget is a good thing. In 2012 we awarded almost $900,000 to club racers.” This indicates just how successful racers were using Mazda vehicles. Mazda also invested over $1 million in the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Ladder and Mazda Road to Indy Scholarships.
Mazda is proud to be the number one automaker for racers in North America. In fact the Spec Miata class, with 2,500 cars built, is the largest spec racing class.
If there’s a little racer in you, there are new Mazda vehicles available in the Tampa area at Cox Mazda in Bradenton. We stock a great selection of genuine parts and accessories, and are happy to order Mazda performance parts if you’d like to enhance your current Mazda. Stop by our dealership at 3100 Cortez Road West and take your first step to experiencing the thrilling “Zoom Zoom” of a new Mazda.