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—  Mazda Supports The Business of The Sport   —

December 1, 2011 (Orlando, Fla).  The array one code in highway racing earnings to a biggest motorsports trade uncover in a nation to make a few early announcements for a 2012 season.  The MAZDASPEED group collected during a annual Performance Racing Industry uncover to share updates on a accumulation of topics. 

1.     Mazda thanked their teams for delivering 2011 manufacturers championships in both a American LeMans Series and a Continental Tire Challenge Street Tuner Championship.  On a grassroots level, Mazda paid out over $800,000 in strait awards this past year.  Coupled with a MAZDASPEED Motorsports Ladder prizes, Mazda paid out over $1.5M in 2011.

2.     Mazda is presenting their fourth annual Business/Marketing/PR convention during a PRI.  This is a giveaway convention for racers to learn how to urge their off-track performance.  The convention will be Friday during 8:00 am.

3.     Mazda is co-hosting a streaming video from a Cooper Tires theatre on a categorical building of a PRI vaunt hall.

4.     The SpeedSource Grand-Am GT RX-8 group suggested their 2012 graphics and their Rolex 24 during Daytona motorist line-up.  Joining full-season drivers Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito are Marino Franchitti and James Hinchcliffe.  Both are Mazda alums, Marino from ALMS and James from a Atlantic and Star Mazda Championships.  The new graphics on a #70 RX-8 will showcase a MAZDASPEED corporate demeanour as long-term partner Castrol transitions into an associate unite purpose for 2012.

5.     Grand-Am RX-8 group Dempsey Racing announced their 2012 motorist line-ups for their dual automobile team.  Joe Foster will partner with Patrick Dempsey, while Charles Espenlaub and Charlie Putman will group adult for a season.  Tom Long will be a group student when Patrick’s ‘other’ career report precludes his racing, as good as fasten a group for a Rolex 24.  The group will enhance their partnership with for a 2012 season.

6.     Mazda announces arriving accessibility of Mazda2 “B-Spec” kits.  The race-ready Mazda2 will be on arrangement during a show.  Parts kits will be accessible in a initial entertain of 2012 for approximately $2600.

7.     Mazda announces updates to a SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup including a further of a category for Skip Barber Racing School MX-5s.

8.     2012 Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear report released

9.     Mazda is ancillary a PRI Red Bull Karting Event.

10.  A far-reaching accumulation of Mazda competition teams had to skip a PRI uncover as they are competing during a NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill.  Among a Mazda teams is one comprised of Mazda dealership owners.  28 of a 86 entries are Mazda. 

11.  2012 MAZDASPEED Ladder Team complete.  Tristan DeGrand, Danilo Estrela, and Elliott Skeer won MAZDASPEED ladder seats interjection to their performances during shootouts in November.  They turn a final MAZDASPEED category of 2012 racers. 

o    2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber Champion Scott Anderson will be racing in a 2012 USF2000 Championship.

o    2011 Cooper Tires USF2000 Champion Petri Suvanto will be racing in a 2012 Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear.

o    2011 Star Mazda Champion Tristan Vautier will be racing in a 2012 Indy Lights Series.

o    2011 Playboy MX-5 Cup Champion Mike Cooper will be racing in a 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championship in a MAZDASPEED3. 

o    2011 Skip Barber Karting Shootout Winners Tristan DeGrand and Danilo Estrella will competition in a 2012 Skip Barber Series.

o    2011 Club Racing Shootout leader Elliott Skeer will competition in a 2012 MX-5 Cup.


NOTE:  Additional press releases will be released from a particular teams, drivers, and series. Mazda will benefaction a extensive 2012 pre-season refurbish in Feb 2012, in Irvine, California.  

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