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Inaugural Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational Preview
Mazda Raceway Hosts International Racers on All-Mazda Weekend

Photo by TM Hill

The MX-5 Cup race cars are the same ones that raced at Mazda Raceway just five months ago, but there are many new faces behind the wheel. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as a part of the Mazda Road to Indy season finale weekend, the inaugural MX-5 Cup Global Invitational will take place. Ten American Mazda racers will be going head-to-head with five European racers, and two each from Japan and Australia, all in identically prepared Mazda MX-5 Cup race cars.

John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations, said, “This weekend reflects over two years of planning. It will pave the way for our program to grow internationally in 2017 and beyond. When we launched the new car and series, we included the word ‘Global’ for a reason. Mazda affiliates and racers from abroad have wanted to get involved in what had previously been North American exclusive. We’re thrilled to have our overseas friends join us at our home track for what we hope will be the first of many such events in the years to come. With all cars being as identical as possible, it’s a perfect showcase for racers to prove that no matter if you are on the highway, or on the track, driving matters.”

Live Stream Schedule:  
Both races will be lived streamed on www.MazdaLIVE.com 
•    10:30 p.m. (Pacific) Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Race #1
•    10:00 a.m. (Pacific) Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Race #2

The Competitors
•    Oliver Allwood – England
•    Erik Blixit – Sweden
•    Anthony Crawford – Australia
•    John Dean II  - USA
•    Mark Drennan  - USA
•    Robby Foley  - USA
•    Kamil Franczak – Poland
•    Gabriele Gardel – Switzerland
•    Enami Kitahira – Japan
•    Moritz Kranz – Germany

Two 45-minute races will be run. The racer scoring the most points between the two races will be crowned the champion.

The winner of the Invitational will be sent to Mazda Motorsports partner Multimatic to train on the “Driver in the Loop” (DIL) simulator. Upon a successful simulation performance, he or she could advance to a one-day test in the Mazda Prototype that competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.

Weekend MX-5 Cup Schedule Highlights:

Friday, September 9, 2016 
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Practice #1 
1:25 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.   – Practice #2 
3:40 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.   - Qualifying

Saturday, September 10, 2016 
10:50 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. – Race #1 (45 minutes) 

Sunday, September 11, 2016 
10:20 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. - Race #2 (45 minutes) 

Live Stream Schedule:  
Both races will be lived streamed on www.MazdaLIVE.com 
•    10:30 p.m. (Pacific) Saturday, September 10, 2016 – Race #1
•    10:00 a.m. (Pacific) Sunday, September 11, 2016 – Race #2

MX-5 Cup Records at Mazda Raceway:
Fastest Qualifying Lap: 1:40.270 (80.351 mph), John Dean II, 2016
Fastest Race Lap:  1:41.082 (80.048 mph),  Ara Malkhassian, 2016

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