TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 30, 2007) – The cure for your off season blues arrives this weekend when SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup kicks off its programming on SPEED.
The green flag drops on Round One at the Grand Prix of Houston at 2 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, December 1. Don’t adjust your TV sets, it’s a night race! Only 16 years-old and competing in his first professional car race, Brett Smrz starts his No. 29 Autism Speaks.org/Team MER MX-5 from pole. His teammate Jason Saini completes the front row in the No. 28 Autobarn Mazda/Saferacer.com MX-5. Smrz is impressive in his debut race around the tight confines of JagFlo Speedway at Reliant Park, but Saini’s experience shows when he takes over the point at the start. A charging Jesse Combs in the No. 7 Coolgas Ltd. MX-5 and Matt Cross in the No. 80 Hooverspeed/MobiTV MX-5 will challenge Smrz for the final two podium spots.
If the Houston race had you holding your breath, you won’t want to miss Round Two from Road Atlanta at 2:30 p.m. Local driver Eric Foss starts his No. 25 Team MER/Saferacer.com MX-5 on pole, with Saini once again on the outside of the front row. If the MER teammates thought they’d be able to work together to pull away from the field their plans are foiled when the No. 11 Alara Racing MX-5 of Ara Malkhassian jumps into third on the start. The trio proceeds to put on an epic battle for 26 heart-pounding laps. Prepare yourself for a last-lap stunner you’ll need to see to believe!
The SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup features identically prepared Mazda MX-5s on Kumho tires with hungry up-and-coming road racers behind the wheel. Visit www.mx-5cup.com for more information and the full TV broadcast schedule.