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Evening Tony…
Glad to announce that I was able to take the Probe to a season Time Trial championship.  All your early season advise and AWR performance proved invaluable and led to three event victories in route to the championship.
Paul

Open Letter From Nasa Director Jerry Kuntzman

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Dear Racing Fans,

This isn’t about NASA. It’s about a brand new, state of the art, racing facility here in the USA; Austin Texas to be exact. They are trying to lock in a Formula One race, and without all of the state and local authorities fully onboard, it might not happen. If it doesn’t happen, the track project might fail. Please spare just a few seconds to sign the petition referenced below. I am including the original letter from the track below.

Thank you for your help,

Jerry Kunzman
Executive Director
PS: The meeting is June 23. Please spread this through all social media.

Jerry,

Thanks for taking the time to speak with me a bit this afternoon. Just to recap: on June 23rd, Austin’s City Council will vote on tax issues that will mean the difference between hosting the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix or not. It is very possible Circuit of The Americas will not be built if there does not appear to be enough support for it.

We are hoping to make an online petition go viral: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/supportusgpracing/ Any support you could lend us in terms of posting it on the NASA homepage or forwarding the link via newsletter would be of huge service! Also, Any clout you may have with various VIPs – and by that I’m talking about big names in Indy, NASCAR, and other series – would be of great help if it meant we could get drivers and teams tweeting regularly between now and the 23rd, or even posting it on their respective sites. It’s one thing to gain support from within, and another entirely if we can get U.S. racing the fans involved!

The petition was made in conjunction with Circuit of the Americas’ media relations firm, Hahn, Texas (http://hahntexas.com/). And believe me when I tell you that it will make a positive impact on the City Council’s decision-making process if we are able to collect enough signatures.

Thanks again. Please let me know if you have any questions,
-Austin Miller

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 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.

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.”

Continue reading “Kent Takes Finale MX-5 Cup Race of 2010; Rampelberg Crowned Champion”

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.”
Continue reading “Davis ends season with a 13th place finish at the 2010 SCCA National Championship Runoffs”

Rampelberg Sweeps MX-5 Cup Weekend at Autobahn

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Brad Rampelberg (4) battled for his Sunday win at Autobahn. (Joi Dunn photo)

JOLIET, Ill. – Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., became the first driver this season to win back-to-back SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup races, sweeping the doubleheader at Autobahn Country Club during the Harrah’s Autobahn Grand Prix presented by Mazda. Justin Piscitell, of Weston, Conn., and Michael Cooper, of Syosset, N.Y., finished second and third. Continue reading “Rampelberg Sweeps MX-5 Cup Weekend at Autobahn”

GRAND-AM: OTHER MARQUES LOOK TO DERAIL MAZDA’S WINNING STREAK

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Homestead: SpeedSource Scores Second Straight VictoryDAYTONA BEACH, FL – Teams fielding Camaro, Corvette, Porsche and BMW race cars are looking to snap Mazda’s two-race winning streak in the Porsche 250 on April 10 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., Round 3 of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

The race will take the green flag at 1:36 p.m. ET, with live SPEED coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell won the 2009 Porsche 250 in a Pontiac GXP.R. Stevenson Motorsports is fielding a pair of Camaros for 2010, the No. 57 for Davis and Liddell and the No. 97 for Jan Magnussen and Gunter Schaldach.

Three teams will field Corvettes. Banner Racing has the No. 07 Mobil 1 Corvette for 2008 GT co-champion Paul Edwards and motorcycle legend Scott Russell. Lou Gigliotti’s LG Motorsports debuted the No. 28 Corvette for 2008 co-champion Kelly Collins and Eric Lux in the recent race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, while Marsh Racing makes its GRAND-AM debut at Barber with the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette for Eric Curran and Sonny Whelen. Collins and Edwards teamed to win GT honors in the 2007 Porsche 250 in the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R.

Three Porsches are entered in the event. John Potter and Craig Stanton share the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3, Shane Lewis and Richard Zahn co-drive the No. 46 Autohaus Motorsports entry while Luke Hines and Bryce Miller compete in the No. 48 Miller Barrett Racing GT3.

Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana are entered in the lone BMW, the No. 94 Turner Motorsport M6 that made its debut in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. The team had a strong showing in the Grand Prix of Miami, leading four laps and finishing fifth.

The four marques will be taking on Mazda, which has four teams fielding eight cars and won the GT class in both races this season.

SpeedSource owner Sylvain Tremblay and new regular co-driver Jonathan Bomarito, joined by Nick Ham and David Haskell, won the season opening Rolex 24 in the No. 70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8, while Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal captured GT honors in the team’s No. 69 FXDD Mazda at Homestead. SpeedSource also fields the No. 68 of rising stars John Edwards and Adam Christodoulou.

Dempsey Racing has expanded to two Mazdas this season. Racer/actor Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster return in the No. 40, joined by defending GT champion Leh Keen and James Gue in the No. 41 – who scored Dempsey Racing’s first podium finish by placing third at Homestead. Team Sahlen has a pair of Mazdas, with Joe Sahlen joining Joe Nonnamaker and his two sons, Will and Wayne Nonnamaker. Returning with one car is Racers Edge Motorsports, fielding the No. 30 for Todd Lamb and Jordan Taylor.

Practice for the Porsche 250 begins at 2:55 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 8, with qualifying Friday at 11:40 a.m.

Courtesy J.J. O’Malley

Homestead: SpeedSource Scores Second Straight Victory

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The SpeedSource team rolled into Homestead-Miami Speedway for Round 2 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 carrying all the momentum gained from their recent Rolex 24 win. While most teams simply cleaned and prepared for the race, SpeedSource added a third car to their stable of Mazda RX-8s, yet again strengthening their position in the Rolex GT Class. The added pressure was business as usual and, without skipping a beat, the team cars qualified 2nd through 4th (70, 68, 69).

Emil Assentato qualified the #69 FXDD SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 in the 4th position. Assentato maintained a competitive position within the Top 5 in GT for the opening half of the race before handing over driving duties to Jeff Segal. On the race’s lone restart with 15 minutes remaining, Segal made a charge for the lead passing the #70 Castrol Syntec SpeedSource Mazda RX-8. The #69 RX-8 beat all other GT cars to the finish line to take the second consecutive SpeedSource win of the season.

Jonathan Bomarito made his qualifying debut in the #70 Castrol Syntec SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 placing the car P2 to start the race. Jonathan quickly challenged for the GT Class lead and led a total of 44 laps, a race high. Sylvain Tremblay took over driving duties in the final hour of the race and continued to maintain the GT lead before an electrical issue hampered the car during the closing laps. The GT Class point’s leader left Homestead-Miami with a successful 4th place finish; maintaining his point’s advantage to the rest of the GT entrants.

Making their race debut in the #68 SpeedSource/NWR Mazda RX-8 were Mazdaspeed Motorsports Development ladder drivers John Edwards and Adam Christodoulou. The two will co-drive the #68 Mazda RX-8 for the remainder of the season, gaining valuable endurance sports car racing experience. Edwards started the race 3rd on the grid after a qualifying run just 0.005 seconds behind #70 RX-8 driver Jonathan Bomarito. The duo would keep the car running with the leading pack in GT before a tire puncture sent them into the pits for an unscheduled stop. The drivers took home a 9th place finish in their Rolex Series debut.

About Mazda

On any given weekend, there are more Mazda’s on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle.  At the track, you’ll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, RX-7 and other vintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the soul of a sports car.  In fact, the fastest growing road-racing class in the U.S. is the SCCA’s Spec Miata class, with nearly 1,500 first- and second-generation Miata’s tearing up America’s racetracks, making it the most-raced production car in the world.  Mazda’s involvement in motorsports extends to its relationship with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the world’s premier road-racing circuits, and the Skip Barber Schools for driving and racing.

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Mazda North American Operations oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers.  Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario, Canada, and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

MAZDASPEED GOES BIG FOR THUNDERHILL

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One Car, 25 Drivers, One Hour Each

November 30, 2009 (Irvine, Calif.). Rick Weldon has options for the longest endurance race in America. More than he wants to count. Actually, Rick crunched the numbers to realize that he has over a trillion driver combinations… in just the first nine hours!

Rick Weldon will be managing the driver rotation for the Mazda “25 in 25” team. Mazda, which has the largest pool of road racers in the country, and quite likely the largest percentage of OEM employees with competition licenses, has assembled a very special team to cap off the 2009 season. 25 drivers will take a turn at the wheel of the same car, the largest driving team ever assembled for the annual NASA season ender.

25 in 25

The “25 in 25” team will be racing a Mazda MX-5 Miata that has competed in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup series with a few modifications for the endurance race. The car and team was assembled with help from Mazda partners at BP, BFGoodrich Tires, and Mothers. This was an “after-hours” project where many of the employee drivers also contributed elbow grease to the car preparation. Continue reading “MAZDASPEED GOES BIG FOR THUNDERHILL”