The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires is in its thirteenth season. This is a spec series for Mazda’s MX-5 model. The cars are the fourth generation Miata - produced in 2016 and 2017.

The MX-5 Cup race cars are prepared to series standards by Long Road Racing. The process includes disassembly of the vehicle, welding in a roll cage and the addition of more than 250 motorsports-components. To ensure parity, the SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine, ECU, six-speed transmission and the limited-slip differential are sealed. The cars can be purchased from Mazda Motorsports for $58,900 USD.

The 2018 championship is contested at six different race tracks – Circuit of the Americas, Barber Motorsports Park, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Portland International Raceway and the finale at the Monticello Motor Club track. Each race weekend includes two forty-five minute contests.

And, to motivate drivers and advance their racing career the Global MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship. There is also a $75,000 Mazda rookie award for 2018.

The 2018 Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup season kicks-off with a doubleheader at Circuit of the Americas. Drivers would compete in two forty-five minute races on the twenty-turn 3.4-mile road course.

An orderly field of thirty-two Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup competitors prepare to enter Circuit of the Americas’ last corner (turn twenty) and receive the Starter’s green flag. On the pole, in the No. 16 Sick Sideways Racing entry is series veteran, John Dean II. Sharing the front row with Dean is Bryan Ortiz racing an MX-5 prepared by Copeland Motorsports.
Bryan Ortiz was pulling double duty – competing in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series as well as the Pirelli World Challenge championship. Ortiz qualified on the Touring Car A pole for the first World Challenge race and finished fourth. The following day, he was seventh in class. However, Ortiz fared better in the MX-5 Cup contests winning the first event and capturing the runner-up spot on Sunday.
Rookie, Selan Rollan finished second in the Spec Miata class at the 2017 SCCA Runoffs and earned an invitation to compete in the Mazda Shootout. He took the prize and won a $100,000 scholarship to race in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series. In the season opener, Rollan finished third. A penalty prior to the start of race two had him gridded last but he stormed through the field and took the victory.
Slipstream Performance’s, Nico Reger drove the No. 01 Mazda MX-5. Reger was gridded seventh for the season’s first contest. He charged through the field grabbed the runner-up position. On Sunday, Reger’s time in round one resulted in a seventh-place start. At the checkered flag, he was fifth and left Circuit of the Americas fifth in the 2018 title chase.
Robert Stout finished fourth in last year’s series and won the rookie title. It was difficult to think of Stout as a rookie having competed in many forms of motorsport including earning the 2010 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championship. At Circuit of the Americas, he qualified third for Saturday’s contest but dropped to a sixth-place finish. In race two, Stout was gridded fourth and grabbed the final spot on the podium.
The 2015 MX-5 Cup champion and Side Sideways team principal, John Dean II returned to the series hoping to capture a second title. Dean got off to a great start when he captured the pole for the season opener. During the race, he had a fierce battle with Bryan Ortiz, Selin Rollan and Nico Reger – Dean finished fourth. On Sunday, he started second but fell off the pace early and was eighth at the end of the contest.
Another series veteran entered at Circuit of the Americas was Todd Lamb who won the 2009 Playboy Mazda MX-5 championship. Lamb was drove the No. 84 MX-5 prepared by Atlanta Speedwerks and was gridded ninth for the start of round one. During the race he lost a couple of positions and finished eleventh. The damp track on Sunday appeared to agree with Lamb as he was fourth at the checkered flag.
The No. 34 McCumbee McAleer Racing Mazda MX-5 was driven by Joey Bickers. Bickers was fifth on the starting grid for the season’s first race and despite many changes in the running order, he finished fifth. On Sunday, Bickers was again gridded fifth but unable to deal with the damp conditions and fell to seventh place at the conclusion of the event.

12ChampionshipBryan OrtizMazda MX-515-
27ChampionshipNikko RegerMazda MX-515-
34ChampionshipSelin RollanMazda MX-515-
41ChampionshipJohn Dean IIMazda MX-515-
55ChampionshipJoey BickersMazda MX-515-
63ChampionshipRobert StoutMazda MX-515-
76ChampionshipNathanial SparksMazda MX-515-
811ChampionshipLuke OxnerMazda MX-515-
912ChampionshipKeith JensenMazda MX-515-
1016ChampionshipRyan HallMazda MX-515-
119ChampionshipTodd LambMazda MX-515-
1220ChampionshipEric CurranMazda MX-515-
1310ChampionshipKyle KimballMazda MX-515-
1419ChampionshipRobert NoakerMazda MX-515-
158ChampionshipHernan PalermoMazda MX-515-
1622ChampionshipMatt KoskinenMazda MX-515-
1721ChampionshipAustin AllisonMazda MX-515-
1815ChampionshipZach LeeMazda MX-515-
1923ChampionshipCharlie BellvardoMazda MX-515-
2013ChampionshipAlex BachouraMazda MX-515-
2118ChampionshipBrooks LealMazda MX-515-
2224ChampionshipJohn MauroMazda MX-515-
2325ChampionshipJoe DaSilvaMazda MX-515-
2429Challengers CupAlex WolenskiMazda MX-515-
2530Challengers CupNigel FaulknerMazda MX-515-
2617ChampionshipAshton HarrisonMazda MX-515-
2728Challengers CupRacer KashimaMazda MX-515-
2832ChampionshipMichael GlobeMazda MX-515-
2931Challengers CupAlbert LukazikMazda MX-515-
3027ChampionshipAri StrausMazda MX-514-
3126Challengers CupTed SahleyMazda MX-511Contact
3214ChampionshipBrian HendersonMazda MX-56Contact

13ChampionshipSelin RollanMazda MX-515-
21ChampionshipBryan OrtizMazda MX-515-
34ChampionshipRobert StoutMazda MX-515-
411ChampionshipTodd LambMazda MX-515-
57ChampionshipNikko RegerMazda MX-515-
68ChampionshipLuke OxnerMazda MX-515-
75ChampionshipJoey BickersMazda MX-515-
82ChampionshipJohn Dean IIMazda MX-515-
921ChampionshipRobert NoakerMazda MX-515-
1010ChampionshipKyle KimballMazda MX-515-
116ChampionshipNathanial SparksMazda MX-515-
1213ChampionshipBrian HendersonMazda MX-515-
1314ChampionshipAlex BachouraMazda MX-515-
1412ChampionshipKeith JensenMazda MX-515-
1520ChampionshipAshton HarrisonMazda MX-515-
1619ChampionshipBrooks LealMazda MX-515-
1725ChampionshipCharlie BellvardoMazda MX-515-
1817ChampionshipAustin AllisonMazda MX-515-
1929Challengers CupAlex WolenskiMazda MX-515-
2026Challengers CupTed SahleyMazda MX-515-
2130Challengers CupNigel FaulknerMazda MX-515-
2228Challengers CupRacer KashimaMazda MX-515-
2323ChampionshipJohn MauroMazda MX-515-
2431Challengers CupAlbert LukazikMazda MX-515-
259ChampionshipHernan PalermoMazda MX-514-
2622ChampionshipMatt KoskinenMazda MX-512Mechanical
2716ChampionshipRyan HallMazda MX-511Contact
2824ChampionshipJoe DaSilvaMazda MX-59Mechanical
2932ChampionshipMichael GlobeMazda MX-58Handling
3015ChampionshipZach LeeMazda MX-55Mechanical
3127ChampionshipAri StrausMazda MX-50Did Not Start
3218ChampionshipEric CurranMazda MX-50Did Not Start

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