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.

Make- A -Wish

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Wish Kid Ambassador Jessie Woodford

Just three days after originally posting the article below, donations have poured in, almost doubling Jessie’s original goal of $500. This has energized her to strive even higher. Jessie has raised her personal goal to $2500.

Jessie Woodford, the daughter of AWR Racing’s owner, Tony Woodford, is asking for your help.

Jessie is the Wish Kid Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish foundation.

During her bout of a rare cancer-like disease, called Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis, Jessie was granted a Wish by the Make- A -Wish Foundation. Make- A -Wish has been such a positive experience for her and her family. Now that Jessie is well again, she is giving back. Read Jessie’s personal story here.

Through Rancho Buena Vista High School’s Internship program, Jessie has started a Kids for Wish Kids Club at her school. She is committed to raising money for the Make- A -Wish Foundation and sharing the Power of a Wish.

Jessie will be participating with others from her school in the Walk For Wishes, benefiting the Make- A -Wish Foundation of San Diego.

Jessie is asking for donations to help her with her personal goal of raising $2500 and her team goal of $5000. Any amount is appreciated!

Here is the donation page where you can help.

Event Info:

Walk For Wishes® presented by SeaWorld, will include a 1-mile route through SeaWorld, with an optional 4-mile course along beautiful Mission Bay. After the walk there will be activities, refreshments and entertainment for the whole family. And, all walkers will receive 50% off admission to SeaWorld! Please join us in raising important funds that will help make wishes come true for our special kids! For More info, please visit the Event Information page.

This is how your gift will be used:

Funds raised by the Make-A-Wish Foundation are used to fulfill children’s dreams and create special memories for the entire family. 82% of every dollar raised is spent on wishes. We rely on the generosity of our donors to fulfill our mission and every donation makes a difference!

$50 allows a wish child to purchase souvenirs on his/her wish
$100 will pay for a send-off party for a wish family
$250 will pay for a limo… the ultimate VIP treatment for a wish kid
$500 will pay for meals and treats on a special trip
$1,000 will purchase a brand new computer
$2,500 covers the cost of a shopping spree wish
$5,000 can send a family to Disney World
$10,000 will pay for an international travel wish

No amount is too small and will make an immediate impact on the life of a child who is battling a life-threatening medical condition. Thank you in advance for your support!

All-New Mazda5 to Premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show

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The all-new Mazda5 with 2.0L direct injection gasoline engine and i-stop (European specifications)

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation will hold the global premiere of the all-new Mazda5 (known as the Mazda Premacy in Japan) during the press days of the 2010 Geneva Motor Show on March 2 and 3, 2010. Embracing dynamic and elegant Nagare design, the new Mazda5 emits approximately 15 percent less CO2 than the current model thanks to Mazda’s “i-stop” idling stop system, a direct injection gasoline engine and other technologies. European sales of the all-new Mazda5 will commence during fall 2010.

The new Mazda5 features an emotional design that blends elegance with a dynamic spirit. It will be the first Mazda production model to fully adopt Mazda’s Nagare (meaning “flow” in Japanese) design language, which finds inspiration in the beauty of flows found in nature. Nagare design has appeared in certain elements of recent production models and was previously showcased through a series of concept cars. The new Mazda5’s design achieves excellent aerodynamic characteristics with an outstanding drag coefficient and lift balance. In order to meet wide-ranging customer requirements, it also offers a high level of functionality, with dual sliding rear doors and multiple seat arrangements. This includes akarakuri second-row center seat that can be converted to a versatile storage space. With a sportier and smoother ride, the new Mazda5 responds precisely to the driver’s commands, enabling the whole family to travel in comfort and security. Continue reading “All-New Mazda5 to Premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show”

Racing couple weds on the racetrack

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What a way to start the New Year! A Colorado Springs couple combined their love of racing with their love of each other for a very unique wedding. They got married at the Pikes Peak International Raceway.

Karen Tracey and Ryan Oerter stood at the start/finish line with the pastor, while guests surrounded them on the track. The idea to have a wedding here, was Karen’s idea. “It was like a start for us, you know, a new beginning,” she says. When you have a race, you have a start and a finish line so it symbolizes a race for us.”

They’ve been a racing pair for 8 years. They’ve done the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. They also do rally road racing. He drives, she’s the co-pilot. In their years of racing, they’ve had several close calls. They say they’ve slammed into a pole, rolled in one of their cars, went off the backside of a mountain while racing, and caught on fire once.

That history gave their unique vows special meaning. Karen asked the pastor to slip in the lines. While repeating their vows the couple said, “through crashes and burns, through wins or losses, through turbo or not.”

The wedding went off without a hitch, except for one little snafu. About 15 minutes before the ceremony, the groom disappeared. Ryan is a racecar driver, so he just wanted to take a couple more laps.

While guests waited, Ryan peeled around the track. Don’t worry, he made it to the alter in one piece.

After being pronounced man and wife, the couple took a victory lap around the track.

Read more and watch video at KOAA Channel 5

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”

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”

E-Production Body Kit – On Sale

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AWR E-Production Body Kit
AWR E-Production Body Kit

AWR is proud to announce a sale on our 2nd Gen RX-7 E-Production body kit.

This fiberglass kit includes all four fenders, the front Grille and Splitter and the rear bumper.

Normally selling for $1685.00, it’s currently on sale for $1515.00 when you order the complete kit together. Call for more information and for shipping charges. Must ship via truck because of the size of the pieces. 760-598-9782.

Happy Thanksgiving

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ThanksgivingIt’s been a hard year for most people. We don’t know anyone who hasn’t been touched in some way by the current economic conditions. We’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and hope that your new year is better than this year. Gobble Gobble