RALEIGH, N.C.-Long Road Racing and Race Engineering are proud to announce a new strategic alliance in Spec Miata Racing. Both companies have extensive histories in Spec Miata, and now they are coming together to give racers professional car preparation, maintenance and engine building based on years of Spec Miata success.
Long Road Racing and Race Engineering first teamed up in 2005, when Long Road Racing's Tom Long went on to win the Pro MX-5 Cup Championship. That season, Long amassed four wins, eight podiums and two track records. The championship was the beginning of a longstanding partnership between the two companies, which garnered Long Road Racing 15 Spec Miata wins.
Race Engineering has been building Spec Miata motors since 2003. Since that time, owner and engine builder Bob Thornton has built over 3,000 Spec Miata engines and won countless championships. As a racer himself, Thornton has three Spec Miata championships and 53 wins. The most recent championship for Race Engineering came in 2011, when Nathanial Sparks took the NASA Spec Miata National Championship.
Since 2001, Long Road Racing has offered pro racing preparation and support, Spec Miata and club racing support, and custom street tuning. After their superb run in Spec Miata, Long Road Racing advanced to professional racing. Since 2008, they have handled management, preparation and trackside support for Freedom Autosport. Freedom campaigns three Mazda MX-5s in the Street Tuner class of GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. In three years, Freedom Autosport earned six race wins, became the first ST team to win with a Mazda MX-5, and helped Mazda earn the 2011 Manufacturers Championship.
Now, Long Road Racing is looking forward to renewing their Spec Miata presence through their new strategic alliance with Race Engineering. Long Road Racing will offer three in-house cars-all built with Race Engineering engines-for arrive and drive programs, including full trackside support. Alternatively, Spec Miata competitors can race their own cars with full trackside support from Long Road Racing. Car preparation and installation of Race Engineering-built engines is also available.
Additionally, Long Road Racing has successfully built a ladder program to allow drivers to progress to the pro racing ranks. Drivers hone their craft under the guidance of Long Road Racing and the coaching skills of Tom Long as they prepare for professional racing.