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Mazda Race of NASA Champions has Full Grid

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Mazda Race of NASA Champions has Full Grid

Grand Champion to be crowned May 3 at Mazda Raceway


Napa Valley, CA — The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) together with Mazda will line-up 20 championship-winning drivers from the 2014 season to race in the inaugural Mazda Race of NASA Champions. This historic event will take place during the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda  at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca weekend, May 1-3.

            The 20 NASA Champion drivers represent 13 states, from nearly all NASA regions across the country. Each racer will compete in identically prepared Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge Mazda MX-5s to vie for the title of NASA Grand Champion.

            The Grand Champion will be eligible to compete in the Mazda Club Racer Shootout for a $100,000 scholarship to be used to fund a full season of racing in the SCCA Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires racing series.

“This program speaks volumes to the importance Mazda places on grassroots motorsports as they are truly devoted to finding the best driver in NASA to represent the association in the annual Mazda Club Racer Shootout later this year,” said Ryan Flaherty, NASA National Chairman. “Both of our companies share a common vision for offering new opportunities to grass roots racers and this program could help identify the next great driver in our sport. We can’t wait to see the action in two weeks at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca."

 

“Over the past few years NASA competitors have been extremely impressive at our annual Club Racing Shootout,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations.  “We expect the NASA champions to have a great battle in the identical MX-5 cars.”

 

Mazda Race of NASA Champions entry:

— Craig Ames, NASA SoCal, Western States Champion, ST1

— Ben Anderson, NASA Central, Eastern States Champion, PTE

— Paul Arnold, NASA Southeast, Eastern States Champion, FFR Challenge

— Edgar Cabrera, NASA Northeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, GTS3

— Jeremy Croiset, NASA SoCal, Western States Champion, Honda Challenge 2

— Sandro Espinosa, NASA Southeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec E30

— Larry Fraser, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, Spec E30

— Chi Ho, NASA Florida, Regional Champion, TTB, Eastern States Champion, TTC

— Tristan Littlehale, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, GTS2

— Michael McAleenan, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, ST3

— Ricky Johnson, NASA Arizona, Regional Champion, Western States Champion, PTB

— Tommy Lo, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, TTE

— Ronald Nielsen, NASA Southeast, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, PTF

— Jay Pellegrini, NASA NOLA, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec Z

— Eric Powell, NASA Florida, Regional Champion, Western States Champion, PTD, TTD

— Matt Powers, NASA NorCal, Western States Champion, GTS4

— Cory Rueth, NASA Texas, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, Spec Iron

 — Dave Schotz, NASA Arizona, Regional Champion, Eastern States Champion, PTB, Western States Champion, TTC

— Dan Williams, NASA Rocky Mountain, Eastern States Champion, 944 Spec

— David Ziegler, NASA Great Lakes, Eastern States Champion, ST3


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