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On Thursday afternoon Mazda’s spec-racing International MX-5 Cup sequence introduced that it might be partnering with IMSA from 2021 onward as its sanctioning physique of file. The sequence has been in a little bit of tumult currently because it was previously sanctioned by SCCA Professional Racing, which imploded a number of years in the past, earlier than leaping ship to subsequent out there IndyCar. Former Mazda North America Director of Motorsports John Doonan was employed on as president of IMSA late final yr, and it’s fairly probably that this has one thing to do with Mazda’s selection of IMSA for this transfer.

“For Mazda, our core mission is to uplift folks, and one of many methods we do that’s by means of motorsports,” Director of Mazda Motorsports Nelson Cosgrove told Racer.com. “Our long-term alliance with IMSA has confirmed we share enthusiasm for sports activities automotive racing and dedication to uplift our groups and followers. Including the International Mazda MX-5 Cup Sequence to the IMSA occasion schedule will enable these followers to realize a deeper understanding of the model.”

2021 will mark the 15th season of the International MX-5 Cup sequence (together with its first ten seasons beneath the identify Mazda MX-5 Cup). The sequence is seen by Mazda as an entry degree stepping stone in its motorsport ladder spanning from right here to top-flight IMSA DPi prototypes. Champions in International MX-5 Cup are granted scholarships to advance by means of the varied American sports activities automotive or open-wheel ranks.

As a result of the vehicles are equivalent and modestly powered, the racing is at all times a complete riot to look at.

The sequence doesn’t anticipate any adjustments to the rulebook for the 2021 season, and the race automotive will nonetheless be an exacting specification based mostly on the present ND chassis MX-5 introduced back in 2016. For simply over $50,000 you will get your individual MX-5 Cup and go racing on this sequence.

The 2020 season will finish at St. Petersburg along side the IndyCar season nearer there later this month. Below IMSA rule, the MX-5 Cup weekend format will keep precisely the identical, together with two apply classes, a qualifying phase, and a double-header race weekend. Following the IMSA sequence round in 2021 will probably be higher for racers because the expertise of racing an MX-5 interprets way more easilyto a GTD class journey than it would a USF2000 or IndyLights journey. The 2021 schedule has not been launched but, however I reckon it’ll be a great transfer to begin this complete factor off at Daytona in January.