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Thread: Mazda Announces 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout Racers

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    Default Mazda Announces 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout Racers

    IRVINE, Calif. (October 13, 2015) – The Mazda Road to 24 Shootout is the single largest prize in grassroots motorsports. Launched in 2006 as the Club Racer shootout, the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout has annually promoted one talented club racer into the professional ranks. The $100,000 scholarship package supports a drive in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. For 2016, this will be in the all-new Global MX-5 Cup car, which officially went on sale on October 1.

    The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback and off-track business, marketing and PR skills.

    John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports, noted: “Our annual shootout has become a signature event for Mazda Motorsports. This year, faced with dozens of worthy candidates, we worked with our key partners at the SCCA, NASA, iRacing and other industry experts to identify those racers with the greatest potential to succeed on the professional level. This promises to be our best-ever shootout, as none of the eligible racers have raced a fourth-generation MX-5. Only a handful of racers have even tested it. That will quickly change as we have more than 70 deposits from racers ready to compete with us in the 2016 MX-5 Cup.”

    To advance to the next level, the 23 semi-finalists will submit a business proposal and a short video presentation from which the finalists will be selected. It is anticipated that there will be six to eight finalists. The finalists will be announced the week of October 19, and the final shootout will be at Carolina Motorsports Park, in Kershaw, South Carolina, on November 8-10. The racers will be tested on the track for their driving skills and in the garage for their technical understanding of the sport. This is a winner-take-all competition; there is no second place.

    The semi-finalists for 2015 are as follows:

    Club/Series Racer
    NASA PTD West Champion Joshua Allan
    NASA PTE West Champion Ben Anderson
    Formula Car Challenge Champion Michael Avansino
    SCCA Runoffs Formula Mazda Joseph Burton-Harris
    At Large Nominee Bruno Carneiro
    NASA Spec Miata Champion Mark Drennan
    iRacing Champion Richard Eklund
    NASA Teen Challenge (West Coast) Mason Filippi
    SCCA Runoffs Spec Miata Champion Jonathan Goring
    NASA PTE East Champion Jason Kohler
    NASA Teen Challenge (Rocky Mountains) Ethan Loree
    At Large Nominee Alex Mayer
    iRacing Champion Glenn McGee
    Formula Car Challenge Champion Tazio Ottis
    Formula Car Challenge Champion Hunter Pickett
    At Large Nominee Eric Powell
    NASA Race of Champions Matthew Powers
    At Large Nominee Matt Reynolds
    At Large Nominee Will Rodgers
    At Large Nominee Michai Stephens
    NASA Teen Challenge (Texas) Deriann Taylor
    NASA Super Unlimited Champion (West) Jon Van Canegham
    Toyo Tires Spec Miata Championship (Canada) Cal Vandaalen

    Additional information about the Mazda Road to 24 shootout, and 2016 MX-5 Cup race car, can be found at MAZDASPEED MOTORSPORTS DEVELOPMENT - Home Page Mazda Motorsports will be providing live social updates from the Carolina Motorsports Park event on Twitter at @mazdaracing and with hashtag #MRT24.

    Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at Welcome | Mazda USA Media

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    There are 2 NASA PTD West Champions?
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    Fixed. Typo in the Mazda news release.

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    ^^ Fixed that one, too.

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    Don't know most but it will be difficult to beat Filippi or Rodgers. Both are outstanding drivers and very marketable. Drennan is wicked fast and marketable as well. My prediction: West coast rules.
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    How does this work? Mazda preps a dozen cars and these guy race? These guy have to come up with purchase money to race the ND plus fees etc to race?

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    From the Mazdaspeed site:

    The criteria and selection process is unique. To win the shootout a racer must first win a nationally recognized club racing championship in the U.S. or Canada. From that pool of 12 to 16 eligible racers, they must submit a business proposal to qualify for the actual shootout.

    This proposal process is to address the fact that the biggest hurdle to most racers is not the car or the driving, but in developing the business partners to help fund it. Mazda has taken a leadership role in mentoring racers in the business of the sport, and the business proposals have been getting better and better each year. Mazda recruits outside experts for the judging panel to ensure an impartial selection.

    The finalists that pass the business proposal screening then proceed to a one-day winner-take-all shootout, held in November. The winner is not always the driver who records the single fastest lap. The winner is the racer who has the best balance of skills ranging from speed and consistency, to technical feedback, the ability to analyze track data, and business/PR skills. It total, the candidates are rated in 11 different categories. The proof of success is that every shootout winner has gone onto a successful rookie season in MX-5 Cup, and many have been able to advance to Pirelli World Challenge and Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markn View Post
    Don't know most but it will be difficult to beat Filippi or Rodgers. Both are outstanding drivers and very marketable. Drennan is wicked fast and marketable as well. My prediction: West coast rules.
    I think Drennan is fastest (I am biased, he was our teammate at 25), but unfortunately I doubt Mazda is looking for a middle aged racer with a career.....
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    Should we start a TrackHQ.com pool on who the finalists will be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bellwilliam View Post
    I think Drennan is fastest (I am biased, he was our teammate at 25), but unfortunately I doubt Mazda is looking for a middle aged racer with a career.....
    Quote Originally Posted by ucfbrett View Post
    The winner is not always the driver who records the single fastest lap. The winner is the racer who has the best balance of skills ranging from speed and consistency, to technical feedback, the ability to analyze track data, and business/PR skills.
    Condensed version:?
    They get together a bunch of guys who on any day any one of them could be the winner on track. In the end they pick the guy they like?
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    Finalists announced:

    Racer Hometown Club/Series
    Joshua Allan La Verne, California NASA PTD Western States Champion
    Joseph Burton-Harris Sydney, Australia SCCA Runoffs Formula Mazda Champion
    Bruno Carneiro Riverton, Utah At Large Nominee
    Mark Drennan San Jose, California NASA Spec Miata Champion (East & West)
    Richard Eklund Germantown, New York iRacing Champion
    Mason Filippi Alamo, California West Coast Teen Mazda Challenge Champion
    Glenn McGee Torrance, California iRacing Champion
    Eric Powell Orlando, Florida At Large Nominee
    Michai Stephens Evanston, Illinois At Large Nominee

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    "At large Nominee", what does that mean? They didn't have enough Mazda driving class winners to complete a shootout?
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    They might not have won a Championship, but they were deemed worthy of finalist status. At least, as I understand it.

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