IRVINE, Calif. (January 11, 2017) – Mazda Motorsports has earned the reputation for the most supportive company in grassroots road racing. Part of that reputation was earned by Mazda paying for performance, namely cash payout to club racers across the country. Total payouts to Mazda club racers for 2016 successes exceeded $1,000,000. This is in addition to the $1,300,000 Mazda awards to champions in the professional ranks in the Mazda Road to Indy and Mazda Road to 24.
For 2017, Mazda has made enhancements to the program after listening to their racers. This year, in many classes, the payments will go deeper into the pack. While a win at the SCCA Runoffs still earns $5,000, finishing in second, third, and—for the first time ever—fourth place and sometimes as deep as fifth, will earn a Mazda racer money back from Mazda.
It has been noted that racing is the intersection of sport, technology, and commerce. Without the commerce, there is no money to develop the technology that makes the sport thrive. It’s all about the numbers. To borrow a phrase from Marketplace Money, Let’s Do the Numbers for Mazda Motorsports:
Information on all of Mazda Motorsports, including complete details on the 2017 contingency program can be found online at www.mazdamotorsports.com.
Regional road racing contingency partners for 2017 include:
- Hoosier Racing Tire (Spec Miata)
(Spec Miata) - 1st: 2 tires2nd: 1 tire
- Mazda North American Operations (Select Cars & Classes)
(EP, FP, HP, GT1, GT2, GT3, GTL, T1, T3, T4, B-Spec, STU, STL, P1, P2, FA)
Divisional Champs - 1st: $7502nd: $4753rd: $2254th: $100
(Spec Miata, FM)
Divisional Champs: 1st: $5502nd: $3003rd: $1754th: $100
- MINI USA (Select Cars & Classes)
1st: $5002nd: $2503rd: $100
Divisional Champs: $1,250
- Toyota/TRD (Select Cars & Classes - including Scion)
It is the responsibility of each driver to make sure they are eligible to receive any contingency awards in which they are interested. Be sure to check each requirement for each program by clicking here.