With untold hours on the phone with AWR, and purchasing many components, this customer is performing their own MAZDASPEED3 AWD conversion..
“Well, it has finally begun. After months of research and phone calls to various sources i have decided to begin the task of the conversion. Tonight with the assistance of a friend we removed the engine and attempted to mate the new turbo and manifold to the engine. However after running into a few issues the manifold had to be returned to the manufacture for modification. We found the compressor housing to be too large as well as the hotside was contacting one of the runners. It has been a long day for us as well as a frustrating day. Stay tuned for more to follow tomorrow.”
MILLVILLE, N.J. – After a second-place finish 24 hours earlier, Michael Cooper, of Syosset, N.Y., earned his first career SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup victory on Sunday afternoon at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., and Nick Evans, of Powell, Ohio, completed the podium at the Mazda Motorsports Festival presented by VISITFLORIDA.com.
Cooper earned his first professional win at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
After swapping the lead with championship-leader Justin Piscitell numerous times during Saturday’s race, Cooper was all business on his way to a 7.386-second margin of victory at the 2.17-mile, 14-turn South Jersey track on Sunday. Cooper completed the 28-lap, 60.76-mile race in 45:29.105, averaging 80.149 mph.
Nick Evans, of Powell, Ohio, turned the fastest lap in SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup qualifying Sunday morning for the afternoon’s Round Six race at New Jersey Motorsports Park’s Mazda Motorsports Festival presented by VISITFLORIDA.com. With the fastest qualifying time in the 30-minute session, Evans will start at the front of the grid for the first-ever MX-5 Cup standing start.
Justin Piscitell, of Weston, Conn., had run 14 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup races in his career dating back to last season, 11 of those a top four or better. On Saturday afternoon at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Piscitell finally stood on the top spot of the podium, earning his first career MX-5 Cup win at the Mazda Motorsports Festival presented by VISITFLORIDA.com and reclaiming the championship lead. Michael Cooper, of Syossett, N.Y., and Lyonel Kent, of Knoxville, Tenn., completed the podium.
Though Piscitell’s final margin of victory was 3.175 seconds in the 27-lap, 58.59-mile race that averaged 75.860 mph, the 21-year-old driver’s first win was anything but easy in the No. 89 Team MER/DAMG Worldwide Mazda MX-5.
Jesse Combs, of Houston, Texas, had never seen New Jersey Motorsports Park before he arrived on Thursday for the Mazda Motorsports Festival presented by VISITFLORIDA.com. After this morning’s qualifying session, he’ll start Saturday afternoon’s SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race from pole position.
Combs turned a lap of 1:34.470 (82.693 mph) on his second flying lap of the 30-minute morning session, and watched the time charts as the field tried to best the lap. At the finish of the session, Combs’ No. 77 ALARA Racing/Coolgas.com Mazda MX-5 was still atop the session, just 0.060-second ahead of Brad Rampelberg.
MILLVILLE, N.J. -Michael Cooper, of Syosset, N.Y., was the quickest in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup practice Friday morning at New Jersey Motorsports Park. At the end of a hot afternoon practice session for the Mazda Motorsports Festival presented by VISITFLORIDA.com, none of the fastest times had been improved, leaving Cooper atop the combined practice charts.
With less grip on the track as the temperatures soared into the upper 80’s and the humidity continued through the day, only one of 20 drivers (Richard Picut, of Garwood, N.J.) improved their times in the afternoon session.
Despite an unscheduled pit stop that moved him as low as 11th place under caution, Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., charged through the field to take the checkered flag during the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Road America, part of the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menard’s weekend. Ara Malkhassian, of Houston, Texas, and Nick Evans, of Powell, Ohio, finished second and third, respectively.
Mat Pombo, of Atlanta, Ga., used the draft from his teammate and younger brother to post the fastest qualifying time on Saturday at Road America to set the grid for Sunday afternoon’s race, part of the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menard’s weekend.
Pombo turned a best time of 2:39.545 (91.340 mph) on his second of eight laps during the 30-minute session after pinning his No. 01 PFM Pombo Racing/Range of Motion ATL/Carbotech Mazda MX-5 on the tail of brother Mark Pombo, using the two-car draft around the long straightaways of the 14-turn, 4.048 circuit. Continue reading “Pombo Pulled To MX-5 Cup Pole at Road America”
Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., topped the second of two morning SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup practice sessions at Road America, part of the Bucyrus 200 presented by Menard’s weekend at the Elkhart Lake, Wis., road course.
The SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup is back on the track at historic Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., sharing a weekend with the NASCAR Nationwide Series in its series debut at the legendary road course.