In 2007, Mazda introduced their company-sponsored ‘motorsports ladder’ that goes from karting to Champ Car. This year’s Pro Formula Mazda series champion will receive a Mazda-sponsored full-season drive for 2008 in the next series up the ladder; the Cooper Tires Presents the Champ Car Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. And the 2008 winner of the Atlantic Championship gets a $2 million sponsorship to help them move up to Champ Car.

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 2007 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
  • April 21-22 – Houston
  • April 27-28 - Virginia International Raceway
  • May 18-19 – Miller Motorsports Park
  • May 20-21 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • June 8-9 – Portland International Raceway
  • June 22-24 – Cleveland
  • July 6-7 – Toronto Exhibition Place
  • August 10-11 – Road America
  • August 18-19 – Trois-Rivieres
  • August 24-25 - Mosport International Raceway
  • October 4-5 - Road Atlanta
  • October 19-20 – 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 one of the 2007 Pro Formula Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear was held at Sebring International in conjunction with the 12 hours of Sebring. Drivers were scheduled to compete on the seventeen-turn 3.7-mile road course for twenty laps; however, heavy rain forced series officials to stop the race after eight laps.

Successful kart racer Marco DiLeo joined Ross Smith Racing for the 2007 Pro Formula Mazda series. DiLeo drove the No. 21 Pro Formula Mazda with backing from Maxwell Paper Products. He was gridded on the outside of the front row after qualifying second. DiLeo would cross the finish line in second place. However, he was awarded the win when the race leader was penalized two positions.
Joining his brother at Sebring International Raceway was another karting standout Daniel DiLeo. Like Marco, Daniel drove a car prepared by Ross Smith Racing. His Pro Formula Mazda was No. 20 and sponsored by Maxwell Paper Products. During the qualifying session, DiLeo recorded the fifth fastest time. He received the checkered flag in third place but inherited the runner-up spot when the leader was penalized.
Australian James Davison joined the Pro Formula Mazda Championship with North American racing experience in the Formula BMW and Atlantic series. In 2004, he drove the No. 7 Pro Formula Mazda. He was near the top timesheets during the practice sessions and qualified in the third position. Davison led the race when it was stopped; however, he was penalized two positions for passing under a yellow.
Dane Cameron gave notice early that he would be someone to contend with a Sebring International Raceway by topping the timesheets in practice and qualifying. Cameron captured the pole by a margin of just 0.204 seconds. The driver of the No. 19 JDC Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda struggled during the wet race. Passes by James Davison, Marco and Daniel DiLeo relegated him to a fourth-place finish.
Lorenzo Mandarino competed in a Canadian reality TV show called Star Racer. Sixteen contestants competed to win an all-expenses paid season in this year’s Pro Mazda Formula Championship. Mandarino finished second but was entered at Sebring International Raceway driving the No. 23 Northwest Autosport Pro Formula Mazda. He started in the eighth position and finished fifth.

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25Dan DiLeoPro Formula Mazda8-
33James DavisonPro Formula Mazda8-
41Dane CameronPro Formula Mazda8-
54Lorenzo MandarinoPro Formula Mazda8-
67Cole MorganPro Formula Mazda8-
74Ricardo VassmerPro Formula Mazda8-
810Charles AntiPro Formula Mazda8-
914Nick HayePro Formula Mazda8-
1015Jonathan GoringPro Formula Mazda8-
1113Eric FreibergPro Formula Mazda8-
126Alex ArdoinPro Formula Mazda8-
1317Phil Fogg, Jr.Pro Formula Mazda8-
1418Phil SavillePro Formula Mazda8-
1524Jamie MorroPro Formula Mazda8-
1616Devon CunninghamPro Formula Mazda8-
177Tyson SyPro Formula Mazda8-
189Russell WalkerPro Formula Mazda8-
1926Sean BurstynPro Formula Mazda8-
2020Scott RettichPro Formula Mazda8-
2128Mike FitzgeraldPro Formula Mazda8-
2232Jon BrownsonPro Formula Mazda8-
2322Jonny BakerPro Formula Mazda8-
2411Ron WhitePro Formula Mazda8-
2530Dan Tomlin, Jr.Pro Formula Mazda8-
2625Steve HickhamPro Formula Mazda8-
2719Tony RiveraPro Formula Mazda8-
2829JW RobertsPro Formula Mazda8-
2921Michael DuncalfPro Formula Mazda4-
3023John StricklerPro Formula Mazda2-
3127Gerald KrauPro Formula Mazda2-
3231Dan WeylandPro Formula Mazda2-

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