The future of sports car racing is being mapped and it includes a convergence of technologies between the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), together with the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
As the celebrations ended following the finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, IMSA’s leadership baton also passed.
The survival of motorsports is based on grassroots participation. Bringing new drivers into the fold means giving them affordable ways to participate and enhance their talents.
As a Motorsports writer, I have met many drivers in my day and each one has inspired me in his or her own way, but few have reminded me that a dream is always possible the way that my old friend and current Behind The Wheel featured driver has.
Mazda has tried every means necessary to gain the top step of IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype International (DPi) podium. It hasn’t been easy.
Mazda has been serious about its sports car racing for quite a while.
The Spec MX-5 Challenge is a series where third generation Mazda Miata’s duke it out for driver glory, has now opened to Touring 4 cars. Along with that, the series has also created shootouts where drivers can earn a new race car to reward their efforts at the end of the season.
Mazda is star-crossed. As a small vehicle manufacturer, it hasn’t had the best results of late.
The smaller auto manufacturer, known for its wonderfully lithe sedans, SUVs and beloved Miata MX-5 sports car, has been a prominent force in sports car racing for many years.
If the drivers’ comments following the first test of the new Mazda MZR-R-powered Dallara IL-15 are anything to go by, this year’s Indy Lights races are likely to be barn-burners.