MazdaSpeed Midseason Recap
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With an unrivaled diversity of motorsports programs, Mazda enters the second half of the 2007 season with a nice collection of new trophies, and several potential championships.

Robert Davis, Senior Vice President, Product Development and Quality, Mazda North American Operations, reflected on the season so far. We have seen solid on-track success ranging from the Tri-Point MAZDA6 team in SPEED World Challenge to a 30% growth in our own MX-5 Cup series. We race for many reasons, especially the ability to test ourselves against the best. We are very pleased with our results to date, as well as the positive feedback from racers regarding the Mazda commitment to helping drivers advance their careers with our connect-the-dots approach to the development ladder.

MAZDASPEED 2007 season highlights through July include:

· Four wins in SPEED World Challenge with Mazda drivers 1-2 in the driver's championship and Mazda leading the manufacturer's championship.

· Three wins in Grand-Am GT for the RX-8 as the Mazda rotary engine celebrates its 40th anniversary.

· Three wins in NHRA Sport Compact Drag Racing.

· 30% increase in grid size for the MX-5 Cup Series

· Strong fields in all of the Mazda ladder series, from Skip Barber, through Star Mazda, to Champ Car Atlantic.

Open Competition Series Updates:

Series: SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge - Touring Cars

Recap: Tri-Point Motorsports MAZDA6 drivers Jeff Altenburg and Randy Pobst lead the series with a 25 point gap between second and third in points. Mazda leads the manufacturers championship with 53 points, 19 points ahead of Acura.

Next up: Round 8 @ Mosport (Canada) on August 26th

Notes: The blue and white MAZDA6's belonging to Tri-Point have been enjoying their best ever year; four wins, a pair of 1-2 finishes, five pole positions, and nine podium finishes.

Series: Grand-AM GT

Recap: Drivers Sylvain Tremblay and Nick Ham (SpeedSource RX-8 #70) have had a mixed year to date. While scoring three wins, they have also had more than their fair share of bad luck with on track incidents that have cost them dearly in points. Sylvain is fifth in points with Nick close behind in sixth with one race remaining.

Next up: Season finale @ Miller Motorsports Park (Utah) on Saturday, September 15th.

Notes: Emil Assentato (SpeedSource RX-8 #69) leads the chase for the Bob Akin Cup for sportsmen drivers in the GT class.
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