After several years the Mazda open-wheel championship replaced its race-proven and reliable Star Mazda with a new model. Beginning in 2004, competitors would be racing a Pro Formula Mazda.

The Pro Formula Mazda is manufactured by the Van Diemen / Elan Motorsports Technologies group. The chassis is a carbon-fiber tub with fiberglass bodywork. The front and rear suspension is a pushrod setup with two-way adjustable shock absorbers. Stopping the Pro Formula Mazda are four-piston calipers with vented rotors. It is powered by a 240-horsepower Renesis Mazda engine, also used in the road-going version of the Mazda RX-8. Bolted to the motor is a six-speed sequential transmission with a no-lift shift.

The opening round of the 2006 Pro Formula Mazda Championship was held at Sebring International Raceway and ended in mid-October at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

  • March 17-18 Sebring International Raceway
  • May 13-14 Houston
  • May 20-21 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • June 3-4 - Milwaukee Mile
  • June 23-25 Gilles Villeneuve Circuit
  • July 15-16 Miller Motorsports Park
  • July 22-23 Portland International Raceway
  • August 5-6 Trois-Rivieres
  • August 18-20 Road America
  • September 2-3 - Mosport International Raceway
  • September 29-30 - Road Atlanta
  • October 21-22 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

In addition to the overall title, championships were on the line for:

  • Expert Championship - Drivers aged 30-44
  • Masters Championship - Drivers aged 45 and older
  • Team Championship

Round eight of the 2006 Pro Formula Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear was held at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Drivers would compete on the eleven-turn 1.53-mile temporary street circuit for thirty-six-laps.

The pace lap and thirty-one competitors enter Trois-Rivieres's final turn for the start of round eight of the 2006 Pro Formula Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. On the pole in the No. 38 Northwest Autosport Pro Formula Mazda of Ryan Justice. Sharing the front row with Justice is the second fastest qualifier, Matt Varsha, driving the No. 45 Racers Edge Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda.
Matt Varsha, motorsports broadcaster Bob Varsha's son, drove the No. 45 Racers Edge Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda. In the two events before Trois-Rivieres, Vasha had twenty-fifth and twenty-third place finishes. Round eight provided him with an opportunity to redeem himself. Varsha was second fastest in qualifying and beat Ryan Justice to corner one. He would lead flag-to-flag for his first series win.
The race ended under yellow and finishing 0.196 seconds behind the winner, Matt Vasha, was Mike Potekhen. This was Potekhen's fourth podium result of the season, which included victories at Milwaukee and Portland. At Trois-Rivieres, he qualified sixth in the No. 53 Apex Racing Pro Formula Mazda. Potekhen jumped into second at the start and held the position to the checkered flag.
The points leader for much of the season has been Adrian Carrio. His record includes five podiums, of which two are victories. At Trois-Rivieres, Carrio was fourth fastest during the qualifying session in the No. 14 Rockford Fosgate-sponsored Pro Formula Mazda. Problems for Logan Gomez during the race allowed Carrio to inherit a third-place finish. He now holds a thirteen-point lead over Mike Potekhen in the title chase.
The rookie Kevin Lacroix has been delivering some solid results. He did not start the season opener at Sebring International Raceway. Still, in the seven events preceding Trois-Rivieres, Lacroix has finished on the podium four times and is a contender for the championship. He put the No. 74 John Walko Racing Pro Formula Mazda eighth on the starting grid at round eight. After thirty-six laps, he crossed the finish line in fourth.
Finishing fifth at Trois-Rivieres was Ron White. The newcomer was having a season with mixed results. He collected a sixth-place result at Milwaukee and a fifth at Montreal. However, White was excluded for an impound violation at Miller Motorsports Park after finishing second. Driving the No. 69 Ron White Racing Pro Formula Mazda, he qualified and finished in the fifth position.

FINISHSTARTDRIVERCARLAPSRETIREMENTS
12Matt VarshaPro Formula Mazda36-
24Mike PotekhenPro Formula Mazda36-
36Adrian CarrioPro Formula Mazda36-
48Kevin LacroixPro Formula Mazda36-
55Ron WhitePro Formula Mazda36-
61Ryan JusticePro Formula Mazda36-
721Ramiro ScuncioPro Formula Mazda36-
817Doug PetersonPro Formula Mazda36-
924Ken LoschPro Formula Mazda36-
1016Jay PoscentePro Formula Mazda36-
1115John FaulknerPro Formula Mazda36-
1223Dan Tomlin IIIPro Formula Mazda36-
1322Marc ArseneauPro Formula Mazda35-
1420Francois BellemarePro Formula Mazda35-
1531Dan Tomlin Jr.Pro Formula Mazda35-
163Logan GomezPro Formula Mazda32-
1711Tom SutherlandPro Formula Mazda29-
1810Gerardo BonillaPro Formula Mazda29-
1926Andrew PrendevillePro Formula Mazda29-
2012Mark WilkinsPro Formula Mazda26-
2127Jon BrownsonPro Formula Mazda26-
2214Russell WalkerPro Formula Mazda25-
237Brian ThienesPro Formula Mazda23-
2419John PewPro Formula Mazda23-
2529Jep ThorntonPro Formula Mazda9-
2618Browning WilliamsPro Formula Mazda9-
2725Thomas WieringaPro Formula Mazda3-
2830Christopher GuerrieriPro Formula Mazda3-
299Rob BunkerPro Formula Mazda0-
3028Nur AliPro Formula Mazda0Did Not Start
3113Charles AntiPro Formula Mazda0Excluded

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