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.

When the 2010 MX-5 Cup schedule was previously announced, Road America appeared as Round Eight, on Aug. 20 – 22. With the addition of the Nationwide Series to the 2010 Road America calendar, Mazda has chosen to move the MX-5 Cup race to the June 18 – 20 weekend. It will be the first time MX-5 Cup has raced alongside the Nationwide Series. MX-5 Cup will complete a line up that also includes the SCCA Pro Racing Trans-Am Series.

“Though we hate to change the schedule so soon after announcing it at PRI, switching the Road America dates had several benefits,” Alternative Marketing Manager for Mazda North American Operations Jim Jordan said. “Having raced on the August weekend at Road America for the past two years, we know how full that schedule can be, putting track time at a premium. Taking MX-5 Cup to the new June event with Nationwide will ensure the teams have all the track time they need, not to mention a huge crowd on hand to watch.”

“MX-5 Cup always puts on a good show at Road America, so we”re happy they could join us for this exciting new weekend,” Road America President George Bruggenthies said. “With the addition of this great spec series, the Road America 200 weekend is shaping up to be a great show for race fans.”

The SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup will continue to hold a total of 11 races at eight venues.

2010 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Schedule

Date Venue With
April 23 – 25 VIRginia International Raceway Grand-Am
Alton, Va.
April 30 – May 2 Road Atlanta Mitty Historic Races
Braselton, Ga.
May 21 – 23 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca ALMS
Monterey, Ca,
June 18 – 20 Road America NASCAR Nationwide
Elkhart Lake, Wis.
June 25 – 27 New Jersey Motorsports Park* Mazda Weekend
Millville, N.J.
July 30 – Aug. 1 Autobahn Country Club* Mazda Weekend
Joliet, Ill.
Aug. 27 – 29 Mosport International Raceway ALMS
Bowmanville, Ont. (Canada)
Sept. 10 – 12 Miller Motorsports Park* Grand-Am
Tooele, Utah

* – doubleheader