Since its launch in 1989, the MX-5 has become a bestseller for Mazda. In 2006, the company introduced the Mazda MX-5 Cup series. Now in its eighth season, the MX-5 Cup is popular with competitors and fans.

The series is part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder that promotes champions of the Mazda series to the next level of their career. The motivation for drivers to enter the MX-5 Cup division is an opportunity to earn a factory-supported ride in next year’s SCCA Pro Racing Speed World Challenge Touring Car Championship.

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.

BF Goodrich tires are mounted on 17X8” wheels. The suspension uses a coil-over kit with double adjustable shock absorbers and roll bars. 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.

In December 2011, it was announced that the series would include a second class. Beginning this year, there is a category for Skip Barber Racing School competitors. The Skip Barber Racing School will provide an arrive-and-drive program in their Mazda MX-5s. The program costs $6,875 for a single race and $50,000 for the entire season of eleven rounds. The cost includes a test day, tires, fuel, entry fees, in car-video and data feedback, in car radio setup and television exposure.

The 2013 season consists of twelve forty-minute timed races spread over six weekends. All weekends will be doubleheaders with the exception of Coronado and Houston, which will host a single contest. The first event of the year will be held in March at Sebring International Raceway and the year will end at Road Atlanta in October.

  • March 13-15 - Sebring International Raceway
  • May 9-11 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • June 14-16 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • July 19-21 - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • September 20-22 - Naval Base Coronado
  • October 4-6 - Houston Street Course
  • October 16-18 - Road Atlanta

Round ten of the 2013 SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup was held at the Grand Prix of Houston. Drivers would compete on the ten-turn 1.634-mile temporary street circuit for forty-five minutes.

The practice and qualifying sessions were held in the evening.

The points leader, Christian Szymczak, captured his tenth consecutive pole in the No. 34 Alara Racing Mazda MX-5. Sharing the front row with Szymczak is the other title contender, Elliott Skeer, driving the No. 17 MAZDASPEED / Pelican Windows Mazda MX-5. Lining up in the third position will be the driver of the No. 13 Mazda MX-5 and Szymczak’ Alara Racing teammate, Jeff Mosing. Rookie Sebastian Landy, the driver of the No. 49 Mazda MX-5, qualified fourth fastest, his best effort of the season. Rounding out the top five is series veteran John Dean in the No. 16 Projections Research / Sick Sideways Mazda MX-5.

The provisional pole belonged to Patrick Gallagher at 1:23.842. However, the No. 28 Howard Concrete Pumping Mazda MX-5 failed the post-qualifying technical inspection. Officials discovered the ride height of the car did not meet the specifications. Gallagher was scheduled to start from the rear of the grid in eighteenth place.

Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge competitor Kento Koch earned his tenth class pole of the season.


1MXChristian SzymczakAlara Racing - Mazda MX-51:24.15769.898
2MXElliott SkeerMAZDASPEED/Pelican Windows - Mazda MX-51:24.82369.349
3MXJeff MosingAlara Racing/Twister Trailers - Mazda MX-51:24.90169.285
4MXSebastian - Mazda MX-51:25.02969.181
5MXJohn DeanSick Sideways/Projections Research - Mazda MX-51:25.05269.162
6MXAra MalkhassianAlara Racing/Alara Garage - Mazda MX-51:25.59168.726
7MXJames VanceExposystems - Mazda MX-51:25.72868.617
8MXNathanial SparksOOTSK Performance/Bimmerworld - Mazda MX-51:26.03768.370
9MXZachry LeeAlara Racing - Mazda MX-51:26.60167.925
10MXGeorge JacksonSpeedcraft Racing - Mazda MX-51:26.81367.759
11MXBryan HixonMAZDASPEED/Alara Racing - Mazda MX-51:28.22266.677
12MXHarrison WilliamsAlara Racing - Mazda MX-51:29.01366.084
13MXCharles PaquinTrack Pro - Mazda MX-51:29.66265.606
14MXBrent MosingAlara Racing/Twister Trailers - Mazda MX-51:30.36065.099
15MXEmilee TominovichCJ Wilson Racing - Mazda MX-51:31.31864.416
16MXMarc BoilyCJ Wilson Racing - Mazda MX-51:33.75662.741
14MXTim ProbertAlara Racing - Mazda MX-5No TimeNo Time
16MXPatrick GallagherMAZDASPEED/Howard Concrete - Mazda MX-5No TimeNo Time
1SBMXKenton KochSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-51:25.54068.767
2SBMXRobby FoleySkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-51:26.94267.658
3SBMXLucas BizeSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-51:27.49867.229
4SBMXDavid KnightSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-51:27.68867.083
5SBMXDrake KemperSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-51:28.44666.508
6SBMXRussell MuckSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-51:28.45666.500
7SBMXFred ChinSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-5No TimeNo Time


On the penultimate lap of the IndyCar race, there was contact between Dario Franchitti, Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso. Franchitti’s car was catapulted into the catch fence. The damage was extensive not only to the fence but to the concrete retaining wall as well. As a result, the track promoters cancelled the remaining races on the Sunday afternoon schedule, including the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup.

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