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Pirelli World Challenge Championships, Road America, June 19-21, 2014:

Ten Mazda Racers Ready for Texas Season Opener

The success of Mazda Motorsports is in large part thanks to thousands of racers across the country choosing to race Mazda vehicles. One of the great showcases for the quality, durability, and reliability of Mazda cars, and the skills of Mazda racers, is the Pirelli World Challenge. This year, ten Mazda racers will be taking the green flag for the three-day, three-race weekend beginning Friday, March 6, at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

Pirelli World Challenge comprises seven different classes of competition, with Mazda racers competing in three. The Mazda MX-5 will go head-to-head with Porsche, Honda, Nissan, Volvo, VW, and Ford in the Touring Car (TC) class. In the Touring Car “A” (TCA) class, for cars with fewer modifications, the Mazda RX-8 will compete with Honda and Kia. In Touring Car “B-Spec” (TCB), it will be the nimble Mazda2 up against the Honda Fit, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500.

“It’s great to see so many strong Mazda teams ready for the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge. Mazda has a long history in the series, and we look to our current racers to add their names alongside past race winners and champions like Randy Pobst, Jeff Altenberg, and Michael Cooper. Having the season conclude at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September will make this a special season for us,” noted John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations.

Mazda Entries for this weekend:

Car # (Class) Driver/Hometown Team/Car/Sponsor
#9 (TCB) Chris Holter Breathless Performance Mazda2
Rochester, New York Fuel Clothing / Spy Optics / Go Puck
#17 (TC) Randy Hale Hale Motorsports Mazda MX-5
Haddam, CT TransAero / Hale Propeller
#22 (TCA) Kevin Anderson Tech Sport Racing Mazda RX-8
Huntington Station, New York TechSportRacing.com
#23 (TCA) Robby Foley (R) Tech Sport Racing Mazda RX-8
Randolph, New York TechSportRacing.com
#33 (TC) Adam Poland EASTEX Motorsports Mazda MX-5
Mount Vernon, Texas Texas Track Works / Majestic Pet Products
#50 (TC) Dinah Weisberg (R) BERG Racing Mazda MX-5
Webster, New York REDCOM Laboratories /Color Track / Red Line
#55 (TCB) James Wilson Black Armor Helmets Mazda2
Kyle, Texas Black Armor Helmets
#64 (TC) Austin Snader Snader Racing Mazda MX-5
Sealy, Texas Event Fresh / SR Enterprises / MAZDASPEED
#95 (TCB) Steve Taake Daylight Motorsports Mazda2
Houston, Texas Black Armor Helmets / MAZDASPEED
#98 (TC) Ernie Francis Jr. Breathless Performance Mazda MX-5
Davie, Florida Time4Learning

Several of the Mazda racecars at COTA will be carrying artwork for the Austin Humane Society. Mazda racers have promoted shelter animal adoptions at various races around the country since 2007. Thanks to Roger Beasley Mazda, the Austin Humane Society (AHS) will be raffling off a 2015 Mazda MX-5. Additionally the AHS will have shelter volunteers at the track selling tickets. http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/

The 2015 Pirelli Wold Challenge (TC/TCA/TCB) Race Schedule:

March 6-8 Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas

May 15-17 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

June 26-28 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Aug 14-16 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio

Aug 21-23 Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah

Sept 11-13 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California

Each event is a triple-header, with three races per weekend, for an 18-race season.

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