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    Default 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Car Debuts at SEMA

    November 4, 2014 (LAS VEGAS) – The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best-selling roadster in history, and the most road-raced car in the world. With the recent unveiling of the fourth generation MX-5, the most frequently asked question is “Where will it race?” Mazda gave the first part of that answer at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas today, as the company announced that the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be raced in a new Global Cup series, in North America, Europe and Asia.

    Starting in 2016, there will be multiple Mazda Global MX-5 Cup series around the world, all using identically prepared cars. Full details of the Global MX-5 Cup, including which countries will be involved and when the races will take place, will be announced as they are confirmed. The Global MX-5 Cup will culminate at the end of 2016 with a Global Shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., to crown the series champion. Among other prizes, the series champion will receive a one-day test in Mazda’s top-level TUDOR United States SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototype racecar.

    “Since the first Mazda MX-5 Miata took the green flag back in 1990, the car has been the ideal platform for both veterans and rookies alike,” noted John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American operations. “Because the MX-5 is inherently such a good car to drive, it is an ideal platform to learn basic and advanced race-craft, and this has made the professional MX-5 Cup series very successful to date.”

    “We’re excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and introduce them to a new global audience,” added Masahiro Moro, Managing Executive Officer in charge of Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Mazda Motor Corporation. “It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality.”

    While Mazda did not release final specifications, equipment or technical partners for the car, it was confirmed that the Global MX-5 Cup racecar will be equipped with a 2.0 liter SKYACTIV-G four cylinder engine. Beginning this winter, Mazda Motorsports will undertake a development period to select the optimum tires, suspension and powertrain and safety modifications. The final specifications will be announced in 2015 when Mazda is ready to accept orders for the 2016 series.

    In a first for Mazda, the Global MX-5 Cup racecars will be sold “ready to race” from a single supplier.

    For 2015, the third generation MX-5 will be utilized for its final season of professional racing in North America. The 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires will kick off at Sebring in March, and conclude at the Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta in October. For 2016 and beyond, the existing third-generation MX-5 Cup racecars will be eligible to compete in club racing only.

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    I love the lines so much on the new Miata.
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    I'm wondering who the single supplier will be?

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    yes please.

    bump drafting might me an issue with that nose.

    maybe some good deals on MX-5 cup cars in the near future too.
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    I cannot wait to buy a new miata...
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    So cool.

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    sold "race ready"... interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    I'm wondering who the single supplier will be?
    . . . and the sticker.

    Any guesses?

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    Anyway, I just over revved my want meter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johns_EvoIXSE View Post
    I love the lines so much on the new Miata.
    The white shoulder stripes really work well: automotive epaulettes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Caboose View Post
    . . . and the sticker.

    Any guesses?

    One of these from the existing MX-5 Cup prep shops?


    Alara Racing
    Ara Malkhassian
    Houston, TX
    713-398-3314
    ara@alararacing.com
    Alara Racing - The longest standing MX-5 Cup team in the series

    Atlanta Motorsports Group
    Jason Hoover or Tony Silva
    Flowery Branch, GA
    916-802-0600 (Jason) or
    916-215-9354 (Tony)
    jason@hooverspeed.net or
    tony@hooverspeed.net

    CJ Wilson Racing
    Andris Laivins
    Austin, TX and Countryside, IL
    (512) 739-5456
    info@cjwilsonracing.com
    cjwilsonracing.com: Home

    Copeland Motorsports
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    My Site

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Caboose View Post
    The white shoulder stripes really work well: automotive epaulettes.
    Putting the Cup car's graphics(epaulettes) aside, it looks pretty sporty. The wheels just accentuate the low-slung lines even more over the other pictures I've seen with the factory bicycle wheels.
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    I doubt it will be one of these shops as I expect that they will continue competing in the MX-5 Cup as all have been involved in the series for several years now. My guess is that Mazda will select a constructor that is not involved in the series or the teams in order to remove any conflict of interest issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    One of these from the existing MX-5 Cup prep shops?


    Alara Racing
    Ara Malkhassian
    Houston, TX
    713-398-3314
    ara@alararacing.com
    Alara Racing - The longest standing MX-5 Cup team in the series

    Atlanta Motorsports Group
    Jason Hoover or Tony Silva
    Flowery Branch, GA
    916-802-0600 (Jason) or
    916-215-9354 (Tony)
    jason@hooverspeed.net or
    tony@hooverspeed.net

    CJ Wilson Racing
    Andris Laivins
    Austin, TX and Countryside, IL
    (512) 739-5456
    info@cjwilsonracing.com
    cjwilsonracing.com: Home

    Copeland Motorsports
    Kevin Copeland
    Bowie, MD
    301-467-6159
    kcf350@verizon.net
    My Site

    Sick Sideways
    John Dean II
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    352-875-6856
    john@sicksideways.com
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    AiM Data and Video systems, Suspension Setup, Race car builds, support, and rentals. At your beck and call.

    Mark Nichols
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loose Caboose View Post
    . . . and the sticker. Any guesses?
    I'll go ahead and toss my guess into the hat. 85k turn key, with a spares kit.

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    It was hard to resist photochopping this one...

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    ^^ Yep, that's where the sticker goes.

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    Hey, if I'm going to photochop it might as well make it how I'd want it to look like!

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