Pombo Pulled To MX-5 Cup Pole at Road America

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Mat Pombo is on the pole at Road America.

ELKHART LAKE, Wis.

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”

Rampelberg Quickest In Morning Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Practices at Road America

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Brad Rampelberg was quickest Friday morning at Road America (Shaun Lumley Photo).

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.

Rampelberg posted a best lap of 2:39.606 (91.304 mph) around the 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit in his No. 4 AMG/Mazda/Cobalt Brakes Mazda MX-5. The series had two 30-minute sessions spaced an hour apart this morning in preparation for Sunday’s race. Continue reading “Rampelberg Quickest In Morning Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Practices at Road America”

Piscitell Leads Championship Entering Road America

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Justin Piscitell leads the MX-5 Cup field to Road America.

ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin

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.

The MX-5 Cup enters Round Four of the 11-race Championship with any number of drivers still in the hunt for the title as just 22 points separate first from sixth position. Continue reading “Piscitell Leads Championship Entering Road America”

Pombo Captures First-Career MX-5 Cup Win At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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Pombo leads Rampelberg and Malkhassian en route to his first-career MX-5 Cup win.

MONTEREY, Calif. – Mat Pombo, of Atlanta, earned a well-fought, first-career win in Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup Round Three race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, part of the American Le Mans Series Monterey Weekend. Ara Malkhassian, of Houston, Texas, finished second.

Pombo started from the pole in the No. 01 PFM Pombo Racing/Range of Motion ATL/Carbotech MX-5. He led the first two laps of the 26-lap race before Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., took the lead on lap three in the No. 4. AMG/Mazda/Colbalt Brakes MX-5.

From this point, it was a back-and-forth battle between Pombo and Rampelberg. They swapped the top spot six times throughout the race. In fact, on lap 22, Rampelberg had a narrow 0.001-second lead over Pombo – a virtual dead-even race at the start finish line.

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Pombo Grabs MX-5 Cup Pole At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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Pombo, two-time MX-5 Cup pole-winner, seeks first win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend.

MONTEREY, Calif. – Mat Pombo, of Atlanta, continued to show just how fast he is when he put No. 01 PFM Pombo Racing/Range of Motion ATL/Carbotech MX-5 on the pole for Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup Round Three race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, part of the American Le Mans Series Monterey Weekend. Lyonel Kent, of Knoxville, Tenn., will start second.

Pombo set his pole-winning time of 1:41.476 (79.396 mph) on his fifth circuit around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile track. While this was Pombo’s second consecutive pole, he looks to get his first MX-5 Cup win this weekend after attempting a pass for the lead on the final lap during Round Two in his home race at Road Atlanta. Continue reading “Pombo Grabs MX-5 Cup Pole At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca”

MX-5 Cup Racers Head West To Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

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Brad Rampelberg leads the MX-5 Cup Championship entering Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

MONTEREY, Calif. – The SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup returns to action this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the only facility to host a round of the championship every season since its inception in 2006.

It’s a “home” event for Mazda, and three drivers who are part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder would enjoy nothing more than a win to represent the manufacturer.

One of those drivers, championship points leader Brad Rampelberg, has additional motivation in the No. 4 AMG Racing/Mazda/Cobalt Brakes Mazda MX-5. The San Jose, Calif.-racer is running at his home track, in front of family and friends, and with a scant 16 point lead after two of 11 rounds. Rampelberg won the Mazda shootout to earn a paid MX-5 Cup ride in 2008, and is back full-time in 2010 to battle for the title. Continue reading “MX-5 Cup Racers Head West To Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca”

Lyonel Kent Earns Thrilling Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Win At Road Atlanta

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Lyonel Kent captured his first win of the season at Road Atlanta.

BRASELTON, Ga. – Lyonel Kent, of Knoxville, Tenn., earned his second career SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup victory with a win Saturday at Road Atlanta, part of the Classic Motorsports Mitty presented by Mazda. Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., made a last lap pass to finish second, ahead of Atlanta’s Mat Pombo.

Driving the No. 13 ALARA Racing/Bulldog Productions Mazda MX-5, Kent held off the other two podium finishes on the final lap of the 27-lap, 68.58-mile race. Pombo, looking for a hometown win in the No. 01 PFM Pombo Racing/Range of Motion ATL/Carbotech Mazda MX-5, jumped to the inside of Kent in turn seven and forced the pair two wide. Rampelberg, who won one week ago at Virginia International Raceway, took advantage of the battle to pull to the bumper of Kent and get past Pombo.
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Rampelberg Edges Copeland At VIR In Closest Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Race History

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Brad Rampelberg won at VIR in the closest race in MX-5 Cup history.

DANVILLE, Va. – Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., edged Dean Copeland, of Bowie, Md., by just 0.024-second at VIRginia International Raceway in the closest SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race in the history of the series. Michael Cooper, of Syossett, N.Y., finished third.

Rampelberg started the race from the pole in the No. 4 AMG Racing/Mazda/Cobalt Brakes Mazda MX-5, and held the lead through the first of 20 laps in the 45-minute timed race. With a 1.109-second lead after one lap and still holding a 1.084-second lead after three laps, Rampelberg seemingly was cruising to a win. Continue reading “Rampelberg Edges Copeland At VIR In Closest Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Race History”

MX-5 Cup Changes Road America Date

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Justin Piscitell leads a pack of MX-5 Cup cars at Road America (Weber photo).

TOPEKA, Kan. – Following the announcement that the NASCAR Nationwide Series will race at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wis., for the first time in the legendary track’s history, Mazda has revealed that the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup will now participate in the June 18 – 20 weekend, in place of the previously announced Road America date. Continue reading “MX-5 Cup Changes Road America Date”

Congratulations – Team MER Wins NASA 25 Hour

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AWR Racing would like to congratulate Team MER on their fine effort at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

ES Car:
It’s an MX-5 Cup car that’s been upgraded a bit with a Koni-Challenge fuel cell, RX8 Brakes, Differential, Axles, Hubs and Uprights, and Hoosier racing slicks on 18″ wheels. It ran a completely stock MX-5 engine and transmission!

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