Franck Wins Wild Monterey Race; Foss Earns MX-5 Cup Championship

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AWR would like to congratulate Christian Franck, who earned his first-ever race win in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Mazda Raceway Laguna and also Eric Foss who earned the MX-5 Cup Championship.

hristian Franck leads Todd Buras to the finish line at Mazda Raceway.
Christian Franck leads Todd Buras to the finish line at Mazda Raceway.

MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2008) – Christian Franck, of Simi Valley, Calif., survived a thrilling SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to earn his first-ever race win. Todd Buras, of Melbourne, Fla., and Robert Huffmaster, of Clarkston, Mich., completed the podium. Finishing fourth, Eric Foss, of Fort Worth, Texas, claimed the 2008 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship.

Franck’s wild ride began on the start, as he immediately shot past Huffmaster for fourth and found himself at the tail end of a four-car battle for the lead. Ahead of Franck, polesitter Foss was doing his best to hold off Brad Rampelberg and Buras. The constant side-by-side action in front of him allowed Franck to pick his spots, motoring past Buras on lap five and stealing second from Rampelberg a lap later. Continue reading “Franck Wins Wild Monterey Race; Foss Earns MX-5 Cup Championship”

Franck Wins Wild Monterey Race – Foss Earns MX-5 Cup Championship

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MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2008) – Christian Franck, of Simi Valley, Calif., survived a thrilling SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to earn his first-ever race win. Todd Buras, of Melbourne, Fla., and Robert Huffmaster, of Clarkston, Mich., completed the podium. Finishing fourth, Eric Foss, of Fort Worth, Texas, claimed the 2008 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship.

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Rampelberg Scores First MX-5 Cup Victory at Portland

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MX-5 Cup
MX-5 Cup

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 27, 2008) – Brad Rampelberg, of San Jose, Calif., captured his first SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup victory in Round Three at Portland International Raceway, part of the Mazda Grand Prix of Portland. His Hooverspeed teammate Todd Buras, of Melbourne, Fla., finished second, followed by Eric Foss, of Fort Worth, Texas, in third.

Starting second, Rampelberg immediately charged for the lead at the drop of the green flag, but was held off by polesitter Caddell. The move lost Rampelberg enough momentum in the No. 14 Hooverspeed/Mazda/Patron Tequila MX-5 to give Christian Franck, of Simi Valley, Calif., an opportunity to take over second place.
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Lifetime Warranty on Engine Mounts and Sway Bars

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AWR believes so strongly in our engine mounts and sway bars that as of May, 2008 we are now backing them with a limited Lifetime Warranty.

What’s more, this warranty, excluding bushings, is retroactive to all mounts and sway bars built previously by AWR.

Basically, if it breaks or fails, we’ll fix or replace it at our discretion. The warranty is ‘limited’ in that bushings are considered a normal wear item, so the urethane or rubber bushings are not covered, but if the metal cracks, breaks or otherwise fails, we’ll replace or repair it.

Other items may be added so check back.

All-new Racing School: MX-5 Cup Three Day!

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Skip Barber uses MX-5 in School
Skip Barber uses MX-5 in School

SEBRING, Fla. – The Skip Barber Racing School is excited to announce an all-new iteration of its famous three-day competition course. The Skip Barber Mazda MX-5 Cup Three Day Racing School will use Mazda MX-5 race cars built by Skip Barber Racing to the exact same specifications as those raced in the popular SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup series.

That makes this the only three day racing school in North America where students drive the exact same cars as used in a professional racing series.

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Mazda-Cosworth Engines To Power All Cars In 2006 Champ Car Atlantic Championship

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Champ Car Atlantic Logo
Champ Car Atlantic Logo

LONG BEACH , Calif. , April 6, 2006 – As the drivers of the Champ Car Atlantic Championship open the 2006 season on the streets of Long Beach, Calif., this weekend, they’ll all have at least one thing in common: every driver will be propelled down Shoreline Drive by a 300-hp 2.3-liter four-cylinder Mazda MZR engine prepared by Cosworth Engineering and known as the Mazda-Cosworth YDX. Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) recently announced it had entered into a three-year integrated marketing partnership with the Champ Car Atlantic Championship to provide engines and marketing support to the series.

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MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA: RACING AHEAD FOR FIVE MORE YEARS

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— Racers rejoice: Mazda and SCRAMP relationship to continue through 2011 —

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

IRVINE, Calif. – Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced it has extended its existing contract with the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP) and will remain the title sponsor of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for at least five more years. The just-signed contract extends the two organizations’ current relationship through March 2011. The world-famous Monterey, Calif. facility is home to one of the finest natural road-racing courses in the country and has been a mainstay of professional auto and motorcycle racing since 1957. Continue reading “MAZDA RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA: RACING AHEAD FOR FIVE MORE YEARS”