Posted on 28. Mar, 2012 by in Mazda Canada

Press Release


Lucky 13th ALMS category win in Sebring and a Plethora of MAZDASPEED Ladder Driver Race Wins Highlight Season Openers in a Sunshine State


March 27, 2012 (IRVINE, Calif.)  With some-more cars being road-raced than any other brand, Mazda racks adult wins roughly each weekend of a year.  MAZDASPEED Motorsports represents both a joining to quality, continuance and trustworthiness as good as a frank enterprise to assistance determined racers allege their career.

“It’s not that we win, it’s how and because we win,” remarkable John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations.  “Our bar racers are a heart and essence of what we do, and to see those drivers allege to a tip rungs of a foe is fantastic. Because of  the MAZDASPEED Ladder and a Mazda Road to Indy, over a entertain of a IZOD Indycar margin during St. Pete has roots with Mazda.”

The 2012 deteriorate for MAZDASPEED Motorsports will embody of some-more than 200 particular races in over a dozen array during 3 dozen foe marks opposite a U.S. and Canada.  A half-dozen veteran array had their deteriorate openers in Florida this month on dual large weekends, and Mazda-powered cars outnumbered a foe during both weekends.  In total, some-more than 100 Mazda-powered racers participated in 13 races with over 18 hours of racing! 

60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida:

  • American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (Round 1 of 10)
  • SCCA Pro-Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup (Rounds 1 2 of 11)
  • Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered By Mazda (Rounds 1 2 of 12)
  • Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda (Rounds 1 2 of 14)

Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

  • Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear (Rounds 1 2 of 17)
  • Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda (Rounds 3 4 of 14)
  • Pirelli World Challenge (Rounds 1 2 of 13)

Mazda also done sound off a lane with pivotal new announcements :

  • Mazda announced TV coverage of a Playboy MX-5 Cup, Star Mazda and USF2000 series. The Velocity Network will promote 24 hours of a 3 array via a season, commencement Saturday, Apr 21. Both a Star Mazda and USF2000 Championships also will be distributed worldwide on ESPN International.
  • MAZDASPEED Motorsports partner Skip Barber Racing School has been comparison as a central racing propagandize of INDYCAR, so joining a final dots on a Mazda Road to Indy such that a racer can start in karts and allege all of a approach to a IZOD Indycar series.
  • The total count between a 4 Mazda spec array was over 100 drivers from a dozen-plus countries. In further to some of a best American roadracers, tip talent from Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela, Chile, Finland, Norway, Korea, Australia, Scotland and England assimilated a action.
  • The 2012 Mazda Club Racer Shootout will embody Canadian racers for a initial time. Mazda Canada will be ancillary their racers with strait esteem income in pivotal series.
  • Mazda racing brave Jim Downing was inducted into a Sebring Hall of Fame for his success on a lane with Mazda racecars, as good as his reserve contributions to a sport.
  • Mazda executives presented their Business/Marketing/PR 101 convention as a partial of a Mazda Road to Indy Summit in St. Petersburg. This is a contingency attend eventuality for drivers competing in Indy Lights, Star Mazda, and USF2000.

From ALMS:

  • The Dyson Mazda group kicked off their ALMS P1 pretension invulnerability during Sebring with a category win and an eighth place altogether during Sebring. The group did an extraordinary pursuit carrying usually perceived their new Lola a week before to a race.
  • This was a 13th category win for a Mazda-powered racecar in a Sebring 12-Hour given their initial win in 1980.
  • The second turn of a ALMS deteriorate will be on a streets of Long Beach, on Saturday, Apr 14.


  • Mazda started a 2012 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series deteriorate with 3 RX-8s in a top-12 in a GT category during a Rolex 24 during Daytona.
  • Mazda is in fourth place, among 8 brands, in a GT manufacturers championship.
  • Round dual for a GRAND-AM Championship is Saturday, Mar 31 during Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

From a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge:

  • The i-Moto Racing group helped Mazda start their 2011 Continental Tire Challenge Street Tuner (ST) Manufacturers Championship pretension invulnerability with a win in a Daytona deteriorate opener in their MAZDASPEED3.
  • Round dual for a Continental Tire Championship is Saturday, Mar 31 during Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

From Pirelli World Challenge:

  • The 2012 Pirelli World Challenge kicked off in a streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.
  • 2011 MX-5 Cup Champion Michael Cooper done his World Challenge entrance in an Atlanta Motorsports Group-prepared MAZDASPEED3 and scored back-to-back wins to lead a drivers points chase.
  • The subsequent turn for World Challenge Touring Cars will be Apr 27-29 during Miller Motorsports Park. This eventuality will also see a entrance of a World Challenge “B-Spec” class.


From a Skip Barber Racing School (SBRS):

  • With only dual races remaining, Jake Eidson leads a 2011-2012 Skip Barber Presented by Mazda Winter Formula Car series. The array concludes Apr 15 during Sebring International Raceway.
  • Nine SBRS racers took partial in a deteriorate opening MX-5 Cup races during Sebring. Dennis Trebing won both races to take an early deteriorate points lead.
  • Additional information on a Skip Barber Racing School can be found during

From a Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear:

  • The longest using road-racing array in America kicked off a 22nd deteriorate with 22 racers from 8 countries including a clever fortuitous of South American entries.
  • St. Pete was a double-header with races won by Connor De Phillippi and Jack Hawksworth. Hawksworth leads a indicate follow going into Barber Motorsports Park subsequent week.
  • 2011 Star Mazda Champion Tristan Vautier won a opening turn of a Firestone Indy Lights Championship in his Mazda Road to Indy car.
  • For additional information revisit

From a Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda:

  • The third deteriorate for a USF2000 Championship began with a record 36 entries during Sebring, and 34 cars during St. Pete.
  • After 4 of 14 races, a points personality is Spencer Pigot, who won 3 races. He is closely followed by Matt Brabham, who has one win and 3 seconds.
  • Additional information on a array can be found during

SCCA Pro-Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup

  • The dual deteriorate opening Sebring races were won by Stevan McAleer and John Dean.
  • New for 2012 is a category for entries from Skip Barber Racing School with their possess championship
  • 2011 Mazda Club Racer Shootout leader Elliott Skeer leads a points foe after a initial dual races during Sebring carrying finished on a lectern in both races.
  • Additional information on a array can be found during

Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda

  • 16-year aged Tristan Nunez pennyless a record for youngest leader in array story when he won a initial of dual races during Sebring. Nunez steady a win in turn dual to take a clever early deteriorate indicate lead.
  • Additional information on a array can be found during

B-Spec Update:

  • Mazda business will go conduct to conduct with foe from Honda, KIA, MINI, Ford, and Fiat in a subsequent era of showroom-stock racing.
  • Mazda2 B-Spec kits are on sale for $2575.  Details are located during
  • Three supporting bodies; SCCA, GRAND-AM, and a Canadian Touring Car Championships (CTCC), will be including B-Spec in 2012.
    • SCCA will embody B-Spec during 3 Pirelli World Challenge weekends.
    • GRAND-AM will theatre stand-alone B-Spec races during 6 GRAND-AM weekends.
    • CTCC has combined a B-Spec category for their whole 2012 season. 

From Formula D:

  • The 2012 Formula D deposit deteriorate will flog off in a streets of Long Beach on Apr 6-7. Team Bergenholtz and Kyle Mohan Racing will once again plea in their RX-8s.

From Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca:

  • The 2012 deteriorate during Mazda Raceway will be different and universe category with 5 good events planned.
    • American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patron (May 11-12)
    • Ferrari Racing Days (May 18-20)
    • Red Bull United States Grand Prix featuring a MotoGP World Championship (July 27-29)
    • Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 17-19)
    • Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, Powered by Mazda (September 7-9)
  • Additional information can be found during



Mazda is a number-one code for road-racers opposite North America.  Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers contest in several classes with a SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, a world’s largest spec category with over 2,500 cars built.  In 2006 Mazda determined a MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to support racers in relocating adult by a ranks.  In 2010 this was stretched to embody a Mazda Road to Indy.  Key to Mazda’s success is vital partnerships with a Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

MAZDASPEED Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO).  MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees a sales, marketing, tools and patron use support of Mazda vehicles in a United States, Canada and Mexico by scarcely 900 dealers.  Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.


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