The 2011 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup schedule has been announced. Up to two additional races are still being discussed, which will bring the total to a potential 10 races on eight weekends.
“Building a race schedule is like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, while riding shotgun in an off-road race,” noted Jim Jordan, Alternative Marketing Manager, Mazda North American Operations. "You are constantly reacting to input from the racers, time and paddock availability at tracks, and working to insure a sane travel schedule. We think the 2011 schedule will allow our teams to showcase their talents in front of great crowds, and in front of team owners and racers from other series. With the demise of several other spec series in 2010, we welcome those who are looking for an affordable place to race, one that provides a clear path upward."
Mazda also announced a new prize payment structure that will pay increased amounts for positions fourth through 20th. Independent teams will also receive a 25% bonus. Details will be posted to www.mazdamotorsports.com.
The MX-5 Cup series champion is promoted to a series above via the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Ladder. 2010 MX-5 Cup champion Brad Rampelberg will be racing a MAZDASPEED3 in the 2011 Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge.
2011 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup
- March 4-6 Homestead Miami Speedway, with Grand-Am
- April 29-May 1 Road Atlanta Speedfest at the Classic Motorsports Mitty
- May 27-30 Lime Rock, with Grand-Am
June 17-18 Road America SCCA June Sprints
- July 9-10 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Grand Am Pro
Additional series announcements will be made in January