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 seven of the 2007 Pro Formula Mazda series presented by Goodyear was held a Toronto’s Exhibition Place. Drivers would compete in a forty-five-minute contest around the eleven-turn 1.755-mile temporary street circuit.

The points leader, Dane Cameron, dominated the proceedings in Toronto. The driver of the No. 19 JDC Motorsports / Finlay Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda topped the timesheets in the practice sessions and again in qualifying. Despite numerous caution periods, he would go unchallenged and lead the race flag-to-flag. Cameron delivered similar results when he won his first race of the season at Houston.
Devon Cunningham won the Discovery Channel’s Star Racer reality TV competition last year. Cunningham beat out fifteen other contestants to be awarded a full-time season in the series. He was victorious in round five at Portland. In Toronto, he started fifth driving the No. 33 Discovery Channel/ AIM Autosport Mazda. Cunningham took advantage of one of the restarts to move into second and held the spot to the finish.
Before Toronto, Alex Ardoin earned his best result of the season in the previous round at Cleveland, where he finished sixth. Ardoin drove the No. 51 Oral & Facial Surgery Center / Mundill Racing Pro Formula Mazda and qualified in the sixteenth position. There were multiple caution periods during the race, which worked to his advantage. Ardoin charged through the field and grabbed the final spot on the podium.
The star of the Pro Formula Mazda event in Toronto was Tyson Sy. Sy wasn’t quick in the practice sessions, but his time in qualifying was even worse. Early in the qualifying session, he lost an engine in the No. 68 Popsy / Team G.FRO Pro Formula Mazda. Sy was gridded at the back of the field for the forty-five-minute contest. At the drop of the Starter’s flag, he began moving forward and, at the checker, was in fourth place.
Title contender James Davison entered round seven in Toronto with two poles and two podium results, none of which were victories. He put the No. 7 Easternats Velocity Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda third on the starting grid. During the race, the Australian passed Marco DiLeo but lost positions to Devin Cunningham, Alex Ardoin and Tyson Sy to finish in the fifth position.

11Dane CameronPro Formula Mazda27-
25Devon CunninghamPro Formula Mazda27-
316Alex ArdoinPro Formula Mazda27-
422Tyson SyPro Formula Mazda27-
53James DavisonPro Formula Mazda27-
612Natacha GachnangPro Formula Mazda27-
713Russell WalkerPro Formula Mazda27-
811Eric FreibergPro Formula Mazda27-
915Jonny BakerPro Formula Mazda27-
1018Steve HickhamPro Formula Mazda27-
1110Kyle MarcelliPro Formula Mazda27-
1220Dan Tomlin, Jr.Pro Formula Mazda27-
1321Dave MundyPro Formula Mazda27-
1419Dan Tomlin IIIPro Formula Mazda27-
152Marco DiLeoPro Formula Mazda27-
166Jonathan GoringPro Formula Mazda24-
177Nick HayePro Formula Mazda16-
189Charles AntiPro Formula Mazda12-
194Ron WhitePro Formula Mazda12-
2017Scott RettichPro Formula Mazda6-
218Lorenzo MandarinoPro Formula Mazda1-
2214Phil Fogg, Jr.Pro Formula Mazda1-

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