2006 was the first season for the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by Hankook.
It is the entry-level production car-based competition in SCCA Pro Racing.
The series aims to provide drivers with an opportunity to compete in similarly prepared low-cost cars with limited modifications.
The series receives backing from Hawk Performance, Hankook, Mazda, Pace American, Sirius Satellite Radio, Racetech, Mothers Polish and The Winning Team.
All Mazda MX-5 Cup cars receive only minor upgrades. Bolt-on modifications include a new intake manifold and exhaust system, which increases the engine output from 170 to 200-horsepower. All vehicles have a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential.
The suspension uses a coil-over kit with double adjustable shock absorbers and roll bars. Hankook tires are mounted on 17X8" wheels. Brake pads, fluid and lines are upgraded for the demands of racing.
The Mazdas are fitted with an eight-point roll-cage welded into the car, racing seatbelts and a fire extinguishing system for safety.
The season consists of eight forty-five-minute timed contests. Round one is in early May at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and the year's final race is held at Road America.
Round six of the 2006 SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup was conducted at the Trois-Rivieres. Drivers would compete in a forty-five-minute contest around the eleven-turn 1.521-mile temporary street circuit.
|The start of round six for the 2006 SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup. Leading the field of sixteen starters into Trois-Rivieres’ corner one is the pole-sitter, Jim Daniels, in the No. 76 saferacer.com / Team MER Mazda MX-5. In pursuit of Daniels is the other front-row qualifier, Todd Buras, driving the No. 56 BSI Racing / supportthem.com Mazda MX-5 and the No. 13 Mazda MX-5 of Anders Hainer.|
|Jim Daniels had a comfortable lead in the title chase with three rounds remaining in the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup. He led Todd Buras by thirty-five-makers with a maximum of thirty-four points to be earned on the weekend. Daniels qualified on the pole in the No. 76 Team MER / saferacer.com Mazda MX-5 and collected his fourth victory of 2006, further solidifying his lead in the championship.|
|Finishing in the runner-up position at Trois-Rivieres was Anders Hainer. Hainer drove the No. 13 Under Armour-sponsored Mazda MX-5. He began his 2006 campaign with an eighth-place finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Hainer did not start the subsequent two events but returned to Mid-Ohio, where he collected a fifth-place result. After skipping Portland, Hainer qualified third and would earn his best result of the year.|
|Todd Buras was chasing the series points leader, Jim Daniels, for the championship. Buras and Daniels were ‘neck-and-neck’ in the title chase until the previous round at Portland International Raceway. Daniels won at Portland, but Buras retired after contact, which resulted in a broken shock absorber. Attempting to rebound at Trois-Rivieres, Buras qualified second fastest and finished in the third position.|
|Payton Wilson made an impressive series debut at Mosport International Raceway, where he almost beat the eventual winner, Todd Buras, but had to settle for a runner-up result. He piloted the No. 59 BSI Racing prepared Mazda MX-5. Since his initial outing, Wilson has only competed at Portland, where he finished third. Wilson was gridded fifth for the forty-five-minute contest at Trois-Rivieres and finished fourth.|
|The podium at Trois-Rivieres for round six of the 2006 SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio Mazda MX-5 Cup. Standing in the center is the winner, Jim Daniels. This was Daniels’ fourth victory of 2006 and almost ensured him the title with two races remaining. Standing on the left and collecting his best result of the season is the runner-up, Anders Hainer. Completing the rostrum is the third-place finisher, Todd Buras.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||Jim Daniels||saferacer.com/Team MER - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|2||3||Anders Hainer||Under Armour - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|3||2||Todd Buras||BSI Racing/supportthem.com - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|4||5||Payton Wilson||BSI Racing/Miami Dade Health - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|5||7||Pratt Cole||DEX/Western Companies - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|6||12||Deborah Loth||Team MER/Loth Endodontics - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|7||11||Ben McCrackin||Magnus Energy Marketing - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|8||9||John Kuitwaard||P1-Motorsports.com/HKF Racing - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|9||10||Tim Probert||Alara Racing/Tim Probert - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|10||16||Randy Hale||HoleintheWallCamp/Hale Prop - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|11||13||Barry A. Fromberg||Alara Racing/Barry Fromberg - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|12||14||Melanie Paterson||Mazda Canada/Driving Unlimited - Mazda MX-5||33||-|
|13||15||Steven Jay Bernheim||bernheimlawfirm.com - Mazda MX-5||32||-|
|14||4||Jason Saini||MER/specmiata.com - Mazda MX-5||31||-|
|15||6||Chip Van Vurst||fdiesel.com/Vision Painting - Mazda MX-5||12||Did Not Finish|
|16||8||Carlos Garcia||BSI Racing/Miami Dade Health - Mazda MX-5||9||Did Not Finish|
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