The 25 Hours of Thunderhill in the B-spec Mazda 2 and Honda Fit

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BY MARK GILLIES
December 2010

Among the BMWs, Porsche 911s, Mazda Miatas, and assorted sports cars at the National Auto Sport Association’s eighth annual 25 Hours of Thunderhill, three econoboxes stood out like camels in a herd of racehorses: two Mazda 2s and a Honda Fit. Always up for a challenge, we accepted invitations to join the teams behind the Fit and one of the 2s. Continue reading “The 25 Hours of Thunderhill in the B-spec Mazda 2 and Honda Fit”

SCOTT SHELTON WINS MAZDA SHOOTOUT

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SCOTT SHELTON WINS MAZDA SHOOTOUT

Scott Shelton proved that persistence and practice makes perfect. Shelton will follow in the footsteps of Andrew Caddell, Brad Rampelberg, Justin Piscitell, and Nick Evans, the four previous Mazda shootout winners. He also joins the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver ladder program class of 2011. The MAZDASPEED ladder has been a critical part of the success of up-and-coming racers including Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Joel Miller, Connor De Phillippi, Dane Cameron, Jason Saini, Todd Lamb, Eric Foss, Adam Christodoulou, Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, and Felix Serralles. Continue reading “SCOTT SHELTON WINS MAZDA SHOOTOUT”

Mazda 2 Evil Track

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Mazda 2 Evil Track

Check out the press the Mazda 2 Evil has been receiving. AWR built the custom roll cage for this concept car designed with a race series in mind?

The Mazda 2 Evil Track was inspired by the concept of the same name from last year’s Los Angeles auto show and features an aero body kit with side skirts, front and rear dams and a carbon fiber deck spoiler, plus H&R race suspension and coil-over kit, MagnaFlow exhaust system, Sparco seats and steering wheel, an AWR roll cage and 15-inch Hoosier racing tires.

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AWR Roll Cage for Mazda 2 Evil Track

All New 2012 Mazda5

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The Mazda5 debuts live at the LA Auto Show on Wednesday, November 17 at 4:45 p.m. PST†. Get the details. With its in-motion styling and dynamic design, the six-passenger, 2.5L Mazda5 brings a whole new meaning to form and function. Mazda5 refuses to be categorized. Surprisingly nimble and roomy. Safe, and unexpectedly versatile. Mazda5 offers a revolutionary new way for weekday warriors, maverick multitaskers and parental pioneers to move their lives. Stay tuned for details.

Mazda R&D Basement

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Mazda Basement Uncovered

Ever wonder what Mazda R&D keeps in it’s basement? Check out the video at GoRacingTV

Shown are such race car classics as the Mazda MX-6 GTU, Mazda RX-7 GTO, Mazda RX792P, the Car and Driver Mazda RX-2, the Racing Beat Bonneville Salt Flat RX-7 Land Speed Record car.

International AllSTars Mazda Miata 3

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For years, people have wondered about sibling rivalry. At International AllStars, a set of triplets compete for the number one spot. Like most triplets, these Miatas are built identically, but each one has it’s own unique personality. Here with us is number 3. The show car. I bet the track 1 and drift 2 are a little jealous right about now, but they all look uniquely similar. Just pretend #s 1 and 2 are here.

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MX-5 Cup Drivers and Teams Cap Season With Awards Banquet

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Salt Lake City, Utah – SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup competitors, staff, family and friends gathered at the Pierpont Place in Salt Lake City to celebrate the season following the doubleheader finale at nearby Miller Motorsports Park.

Mosing, Playboy’s Deanna Brooks, Piscitell, Rampelberg, Playboy’s Pilar Lastra, and Evans (L-R) pose with their banquet hardware.
Rick Benjamin, the television voice of the MX-5 Cup, hosted the celebration on Sunday evening. The guest of honor was Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., who claimed the Championship on the strength of five wins in his No. 4 AMG Racing/Mazda/Cobalt Brakes Mazda MX-5. Rampelberg scored 559 championship points, regaining the lead following a win at Mosport International Raceway that had slipped away through the middle of the season. Rampelberg entered the doubleheader finale leading Justin Piscitell, of Weston, Conn., and brought home the crown with a pair of fourth-place finishes.
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Kent Takes Finale MX-5 Cup Race of 2010; Rampelberg Crowned Champion

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TOOELE, Utah – After a hard fought for the majority of the race, Lyonel Kent, of Knoxville, Tenn., was able to storm to his third-career SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup victory. Jesse Combs, of Houston, Texas, and Justin Piscitell, of Weston, Conn., completed the podium at Miller Motorsports Park. Finishing fourth, Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., claimed the 2010 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship.

Lyonel Kent earned an MX-5 Cup win at the season finale.
Starting second in the No. 13 ALARA Racing/Bulldog Productions MX-5, Kent immediately took the lead from polesitter Nick Evans, of Powell, Ohio, going to the inside of Evans in Turn One. The pair continued to exchange the lead in spectacular fashion throughout the 20-lap, 60.96-mile race, but only made contact once.

“Clean doesn’t even begin to describe it,” Kent said. “The only contact that happened was when in Turn One, we were side-by-side and bumped mirrors. So I just reached out, pushed the mirror back and that was it. That was the only contact we had even though we must have swapped the lead at least a dozen times.”

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Davis ends season with a 13th place finish at the 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs

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The 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs capped off a quality E Production season for Sydney Davis in the #46/JAWS Racing/Mazda Miata.

The week started off with a practice day that was spent getting a feel for the car on the track. This was Sydney’s second trip to the Runoffs at Road America, but much of last year was spent underneath the car.

“Our goal this year was to get through the week without having to work on the car,” Sydney said. “The main thing I wanted was to keep the same motor the entire week. Last year was heartbreaking going through two motors in two days.”
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Eight Mazda RX-8 Teams Deliver Rolex Grand-Am GT Championship

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August 29, 2010 (IRVINE, Calif.). Mazda, along with its MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development racing partners, clinched the 2010 Rolex Grand-Am GT championship this weekend during the Montreal 200 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Despite the Mazda brand being one of the most successful racing nameplates in the world, this is the first GT championship for the company since its 1991 win in the IMSA GTO championship.

The combined efforts of eight Mazda RX-8 race teams all season brought not only the manufacturer’s championship, but all three GT championships – driver, team, and manufacturer. Over the past three years in the hotly contested Rolex Grand-Am GT series, the Mazda RX-8 has won multiple races against the best from Porsche, Chevrolet, BMW, Ferrari and others, but this season has been the rotary-powered car’s most successful. Continue reading “Eight Mazda RX-8 Teams Deliver Rolex Grand-Am GT Championship”