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 five and six of the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires were held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Drivers would compete in two forty-five-minute races around the eleven-turn 2.238-mile road course.

The start of race one at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for round five of the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Leading the field of twenty-eight competitors into corner two are the front-row qualifiers Patrick Gallagher and Peter Portante. Gallagher is in the No. 44 Howard Concrete Pumping Mazda MX-5 and Portante is driving the No. 24 Intercity Lines Mazda MX-5.
John Dean, the points leader, heading into rounds five and six, drove the No. 16 Bulb Jacket / Sick Sideways Mazda MX-5. He was the fourth fastest in the qualifying session for race one. Dean moved up the order and, in the closing laps, passed the leader, Patrick Gallagher, for the victory. In the next contest, Dean started on the pole but could not hold the position and ran as high as third before finishing fourth.
Trailing John Dean in the points race was Patrick Gallagher. He piloted the No. 44 Howard Concrete Pumping Mazda MX-5 and qualified on the pole for round five. Gallagher led most of the contest, but with four laps remaining, he had a transmission problem and finished second. In the finale, Gallagher started in the second position. After a terrific battle, where he led all but one lap, Gallagher scored his first series victory.
The winner of the weekend's first Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge was Sam Adams. Adams qualified third in class driving the No. 67 Skip Barber Racing Mazda MX-5. He was in a three-way battle with Ben Albano and Robby Foley during the race. When Albano crashed, Adams was able to secure his first series victory. He did not fare as well in the weekend's last contest. Adams started third but finished sixth.
Former open-wheel racer Peter Portante drove the No. 24 Intercity Lines Mazda MX-5. Portante qualified on the outside of the front row for race one. He ran as low as sixth place but worked his way back to third on lap-17. Portante held the position to earn his first series podium. He started round six in the fourth spot. Portante ran with the lead group during the race and led a lap before finishing second.
The first lap at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for round six of the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Leading the field of twenty-seven competitors into corner three is the No. 16 Bulb Jacket / Sick Sideways Mazda MX-5 of the pole-sitter, John Dean. Behind Dean is the other front-row starter Patrick Gallagher driving the No. 44 Howard Concrete Pumping Mazda MX-5.
Drake Kemper won the opening round of the season at Sebring International Raceway. But two eleventh-place finishes at NOLA removed the driver of the No. 99 Royal Rugby Mazda MX-5 from championship contention. Kemper qualified third for race one at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and finished fifth. In the next contest, he started third and challenged for the lead before finishing in the third spot.
Four podium finishes, one of which was a win, gave Ben Albano the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge points lead. Albano put the No. 61 Skip Barber Racing Mazda MX-5 on the class pole for the weekend's first contest. Onlap-8, while battling with Sam Adams and Robby Foley, he crashed and was classified with a last-place result. In the finale, Albano redeemed himself. Despite running off the track, he grabbed the victory.
The podium for round six of the 2015 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Standing in the center is the winner, Patrick Gallagher. After three years in the series, Gallagher captured his first victory. Standing on the right is the open-wheel veteran Peter Portante, who finished in the runner-up position. Finishing in the third position was Drake Kemper.

14MXJohn DeanSick Sideways/Bulb Jacket - Mazda MX-523-
21MXPatrick GallagherHoward Concrete Pumping - Mazda MX-523-
32MXPeter PortanteIntercity Lines - Mazda MX-523-
46MXAra MalkhassianAlara Racing/Alara Garage - Mazda MX-523-
53MXDrake KemperRoyal Rugby - Mazda MX-523-
65MXKyle LoustaunauMazda Motorsports Development - Mazda MX-523-
77MXNathanial SparksOOTSK Performance - Mazda MX-523-
88MXDean CopelandCopeland Motorsports - Mazda MX-523-
99MXDevin JonesAlara Racing - Mazda MX-523-
1010MXTimothy PaulAlara Racing - Mazda MX-523-
1113MXSarah MontgomeryTravel Lafayette LA - Mazda MX-523-
1215MXZach LeeAlara Racing - Mazda MX-523-
1311MXMatt KoskinenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-523-
1418MXHernan PalermoCMS / Brimtek - Mazda MX-523-
1514MXKeith JensenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-523-
1620MXSteve BottomSteve Bottom Racing - Mazda MX-523-
1719MXBrent MosingAlara Racing - Mazda MX-523-
1821MXAurora StrausModSpace - Mazda MX-522-
1917MXCharles PaquinModSpace - Mazda MX-522-
2016MXTim ProbertAlara Racing - Mazda MX-58Did Not Finish
2112MXNick IdalskyModSpace - Mazda MX-53Did Not Finish
13SBMXSam AdamsSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-523-
24SBMXNikko RegerSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-523-
35SBMXBryan HixonSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-523-
41SBMXRobby FoleySkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-523-
56SBMXKieron O'RourkeSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-523-
67SBMXChris BeaufaitSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-523-
72SBMXBen AlbanoSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-58Did Not Finish

12MXPatrick GallagherHoward Concrete Pumping - Mazda MX-525-
24MXPeter PortanteIntercity Lines - Mazda MX-525-
33MXDrake KemperRoyal Rugby - Mazda MX-525-
41MXJohn DeanSick Sideways/Bulb Jacket - Mazda MX-525-
55MXAra MalkhassianAlara Racing/Alara Garage - Mazda MX-525-
610MXDean CopelandCopeland Motorsports - Mazda MX-525-
76MXKyle LoustaunauMazda Motorsports Development - Mazda MX-525-
87MXDevin JonesAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
99MXNathanial SparksOOTSK Performance - Mazda MX-525-
108MXTimothy PaulAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1119MXHernan PalermoCMS / Brimtek - Mazda MX-525-
1213MXSarah MontgomeryTravel Lafayette LA - Mazda MX-525-
1316MXZach LeeAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1414MXKeith JensenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1517MXBrent MosingAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1611MXMatt KoskinenAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1715MXTim ProbertAlara Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1820MXSteve BottomSteve Bottom Racing - Mazda MX-525-
1918MXCharles PaquinModSpace - Mazda MX-525-
2021MXAurora StrausModSpace - Mazda MX-523-
12SBMXBen AlbanoSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
25SBMXNikko RegerSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
31SBMXRobby FoleySkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
44SBMXBryan HixonSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
56SBMXKieron O'RourkeSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
63SBMXSam AdamsSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-
77SBMXChris BeaufaitSkip Barber Racing - Mazda MX-525-

Copyright Notice:
All content (photographs and text) appearing on this website are the exclusive property of © and are protected under International copyright laws. The subject matter on this website may not be reproduced, copied, stored or manipulated.

© Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

Return to home page.