January 26, 2014

Mazda introduces the Mazda Sportscar Racing Academy

After nearly eight years of investing in young race drivers' careers, and with the launch of its TUDOR United SportsCar Championship prototype program, Mazda now has all of the elements in place to offer a comprehensive and complete driver development ladder
in sports cars. The Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy (MSCRA) will offer aspiring racers the opportunity to climb to the top level of motorsports by racing and winning in Mazdas.

"The foundation of Mazda's Motorsports program has always been our thousands of grassroots racers. Many of our club racing customers who got their start in grassroots racing have also grown their careers and achieved great success. Mazda believes in giving drivers the chance to 'move up' and we have put our money where our mouth is with this strategy since 2007. Now, with the Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy and our new Mazda Prototype program at the very top of the sport, we have a structure in place that can support drivers' from their entry into amateur motorsports all the way to careers as professional racing drivers," said John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations.

Mazda-powered championship-winning drivers will be eligible and could qualify for both financial and career support from Mazda. This is an ongoing evolution of what Mazda has been doing since 2007 - first known as the MazdaSpeed Motorsports Development ladder.

"Racing is an extremely competitive and challenging sport,” said Jim France, IMSA Chairman. "It's great to have Mazda supporting drivers and helping develop careers from the beginning of the developmental process to the top. You don't start your racing career in a TUDOR United SportsCar Championship car. You need to work your way up, so we're pleased to have Mazda supporting several levels of our sport."


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