IRVINE, Calif. (February 16, 2011) - MAZDASPEED shared some belated Valentine's love with key announcements related to the 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup. The 2011 season kicks off March 4-5 at the Homesead-Miami Speedway.
"We are optimistic about the 2011 season and hope that racers are finding the economic improvements that are showing up across the country. Racers have asked us to help reduce costs and we have listened. Changes include compacted race weekends to minimize travel expenses and 2011 entry fees that have been reduced to just $499 per race," noted Jim Jordan, Alternative Marketing Manager, Mazda North American Operations.
The previously announced eight rounds have been supplemented by the addition of a season finale in conjunction with the American Le Mans Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, for a nine race season featuring two double-header weekends. The complete 2011 race schedule is as follows:
Round Date Track Partners
1 March 4-6 Homestead Miami Speedway Grand Am
2 April 29-May 1 Road Atlanta Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty
3/4 May 27-30 Lime Rock Grand Am
5 June 17-18 Road America SCCA June Sprints
6 July 9-10 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Grand Am
7/8 Sept 2-5 Brainerd SCCA PRO
9 Sept 29-30 Road Atlanta ALMS
SKIP BARBER MAZDASPEED CLASS ADDED FOR HOMESTEAD RACE
In an effort to make the MX-5 Cup even more accessible, Mazda is teaming up with the Skip Barber Racing School to offer an "arrive & race" program, using the same MX-5 cars that race in the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge Series.
Todd Snyder, VP of Competition for Skip Barber explained, "We are doing this as an experiment at Homestead. If the reaction is strong enough, this will become a championship within a championship, adding yet another rung to the existing MAZDASPEED Motorsport Development Ladder."
Interested racers should contact the Skip Barber Racing School at (866) 932-1949 for details on pricing and availability.