Since its launch in 1989, the MX-5 has become a bestseller for Mazda. 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 tenth 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 cost includes a test day, tires, fuel, entry fees, in car-video and data feedback, in car radio setup and television exposure.

The 2015 season consists of twelve forty-minute timed races spread over six weekends. All weekends host doubleheaders. 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 18-20 - Sebring International Raceway
  • April 10-12 - NOLA Motorsports Park
  • May 1-3 - Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
  • July 10-12 - Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
  • August 28-30 - Road America
  • September 30 - October 2 - Road Atlanta

Rounds seven and eight of the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires were held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Drivers would compete on the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course for forty-five minutes.

Chad McCumbee filled in for Aurora Straus at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, driving the No. 29 ModSpace Mazda MX-5. McCumbee qualified sixth fastest for round seven but inherited a spot on the grid when Dean Copeland stalled. He collected two more positions with the retirements of Patrick Gallagher and John. McCumbee was in the lead when the race ended under yellow. He finished seventh in the finale.
Patrick Gallagher entered round seven four points behind the championship leader, John Dean. Gallagher qualified fourth for the weekend's first race driving the No. 44 Howard Concrete Pumping Mazda MX-5. He was in third place when the left front suspension failed and finished twenty-first. In race two, Gallagher redeemed himself. He started second and took the lead and win with two laps remaining.
Veteran open-wheel racer Peter Portante drove the No. 24 Intercity Lines Mazda MX-5. Portante qualified eighth fastest for race one at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Still, like the winner, Patrick Gallager, he benefitted from the competition's misfortune to finish in the runner-up position. In the weekend's final contest, Portante started eighth but charged to a third-place finish.
Nathanial Sparks earned his first and only podium of the season at Sebring. Sparks was gridded second for round seven and was part of the lead pack during the race. However, he was in fourth place when the final caution flew to end the race. Sparks started the final race in fifth. After a caution period, he began to advance. Contact between Dean Copeland and Peter Portante allowed Sparks to slip past and finish second.
This season Drake Kemper was piloting the No. 99 Mazda Motorsports Development Mazda MX-5 and grabbed a victory in race one at Sebring International Raceway. Kemper qualified third for round seven. He hooked up with his Sick Sideways teammates during the race to run in the lead pack. Kemper was in third when the contest ended with a caution. He would finish the weekend with a fourth-place result.
Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge competitor Ben Albano had five podium results, of which two were victories. However, a seventh place at Laguna Seca meant he was fifth in the standings. In the weekend's first race, Albano qualified second in class driving the No. 61 Project Yellow Light Mazda MX-5 but moved into the lead early and grabbed the victory. In a repeat performance during the finale, he collected his second win.

16MXChad McCumbeeModSpace - Mazda MX-520-
28MXPeter PortanteIntercity Lines - Mazda MX-520-
33MXDrake KemperRoyal Rugby - Mazda MX-520-
42MXNathanial SparksOOTSK Performance - Mazda MX-520-
510MXDevin JonesAlara Racing - Mazda MX-520-
67MXTimothy PaulAlara Racing - Mazda MX-520-
711MXAra MalkhassianAlara Racing/Alara Garage - Mazda MX-520-
89MXKyle LoustaunauMazda Motorsports Development - Mazda MX-520-
913MXForrest LandyAtlanta Motorsport Group - Mazda MX-520-
1014MXSarah MontgomeryTravel Lafayette LA - Mazda MX-520-
1116MXHernan PalermoCMS / Brimtek - Mazda MX-520-
1220MXAlex BachouraCopeland Motorsports - Mazda MX-520-
1322MXBrent MosingAlara Racing - Mazda MX-520-
1417MXKeith JensenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-520-
1521MXTim ProbertAlara Racing - Mazda MX-520-
1619MXBeth ChrystChryst Brothers Construction - Mazda MX-520-
1715MXZach LeeAlara Racing - Mazda MX-519-
1823MXMarc BoilyModSpace - Mazda MX-518-
1918MXCharles PaquinModSpace - Mazda MX-517-
201MXJohn DeanSick Sideways/Projections Research - Mazda MX-513Mechanical
214MXPatrick GallagherHoward Concrete Pumping - Mazda MX-511Mechanical
2212MXMatt KoskinenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-52Accident
236MXDean CopelandCopeland Motorsports - Mazda MX-50Mechanical
125SBMXBen AlbanoSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-520-
228SBMXBryan HixonSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-520-
327SBMXRobby FoleySkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-520-
424SBMXSam AdamsSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-520-
526SBMXNikko RegerSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-520-
629SBMXKieron O'RourkeSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-520-
730SBMXChris BeaufaitSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-520-

12MXPatrick GallagherHoward Concrete Pumping - Mazda MX-525-
25MXNathanial SparksOOTSK Performance - Mazda MX-525-
38MXPeter PortanteIntercity Lines - Mazda MX-525-
43MXDrake KemperRoyal Rugby - Mazda MX-525-
54MXDean CopelandCopeland Motorsport - Mazda MX-525-
61MXJohn DeanSick Sideways/Projections Research - Mazda MX-525-
76MXChad McCumbeeModSpace - Mazda MX-525-
810MXDevin JonesAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
911MXAra MalkhassianAlara Racing/Alara Garage - Mazda MX-525-
1012MXForrest LandyAtlanta Motorsport Group - Mazda MX-525-
119MXTimothy PaulAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1214MXSarah MontgomeryTravel Lafayette LA - Mazda MX-525-
1313MXMatt KoskinenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1416MXHernan PalermoCMS / Brimtek - Mazda MX-525-
1515MXZach LeeAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1618MXAlex BachouraCopeland Motorsports - Mazda MX-525-
1719MXTim ProbertAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1820MXCharles PaquinModSpace - Mazda MX-525-
1921MXBrent MosingAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
207MXKyle LoustaunauMazda Motorsports Development - Mazda MX-525-
2117MXKeith JensenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-522-
2219MXBeth ChrystChryst Brothers Construction - Mazda MX-514Accident
2323MXMarc BoilyModSpace - Mazda MX-5-Did Not Start
125SBMXBen AlbanoSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
224SBMXSam AdamsSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
328SBMXBryan HixonSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
427SBMXNikko RegerSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
529SBMXKieron O'RourkeSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-524-
630SBMXChris BeaufaitSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-524-
726SBMXRobby FoleySkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-511Mechanical

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