Global MX-5 Cup

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The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup is the professional Spec Miata series sanctioned by IndyCar in the United States. The pro Spec Miata series has its roots in 2003, but a unified national championship was launched in 2006.

Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup
Global MX-5 Cup logo.svg
CategoryOne-make racing by Mazda
CountryUnited States United States
Inaugural season2006
ManufacturersMazda
Tire suppliersBFGoodrich
Drivers' championBryan Ortiz
Teams' championCopeland Motorsports
Official websiteOfficial website
Motorsport current event.svg Current season
Global MX-5 Cup car - Tokyo Auto Salon 2015

HistoryEdit

The first generation Mazda MX-5 or Mazda Miata was launched in the U.S. market in May 1989 (model year 1990). The Sports Car Club of America placed the car in the Showroom Stock C class for production vehicles with a 1.600cc engine. The rules allowed the car to be entered in races when the model was one year old, in 1991. As production and popularity of the sports car grew the SCCA developed a separate class for the car. After an exhibition race at Road Atlanta in 1999 an SCCA regional class was launched in 2000. In professional autosport the Miata's were entered in the SCCA World Challenge, but without major results.

Mazdaspeed Miata CupEdit

The Mazdaspeed Miata Cup was launched for 2003 with a Pacific and an Atlantic championship. The series first race was run at BeaveRun Motorsports Complex on May 3rd and 4th 2003. Chip Herr and Niki Coello won the two races over the weekend.[1] Niki Coello went on to win the Atlantic Tour championship.[2] Bobby Carter won the inaugural Pacific Tour.[3]

Mazda MX-5 CupEdit

The introduction of the third generation Mazda MX-5 came also the national pro series in 2006.[4] The inaugural season started at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A total of 22 racers started the inaugural race which was won by Chip Herr, from pole position.[5] The series was support event for the Rolex Sports Car Series at Laguna Seca, Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio and Miller Motorsports Park. The series also supported events of CASCAR, ChampCar, American Le Mans Series and the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.[6] Jim Daniels clinched the championship with one round remaining.[7] The 2007 season started at the Grand Prix of Houston with the series first night race.[8] Jason Saini won five out of eight races to clinch the championship. Saini was promoted to the 2008 SCCA World Challenge with Mazda.[9] The 2008 season started with a Mazda Miata shootout. Brad Rampelberg won the race between SCCA and NASA champions to receive a fully funded drive in the 2008 regular season.[10] Rampelberg finished sixth in the season standings winning races at Portland and Miller Motorsports Park. Eric Foss won the championship winning two races but finishing all eight races.[11]

Todd Lamb dominated the 2009 season. Lamb won eight out of ten races, consecutive. Marc Miller and Lyonel Kent won the remaining two races. NASCAR driver Ryan Ellis also competed in the series.[12] Rampelberg continued in the series winning the 2010 series.[13] In 2010 the series had its first standing start, at New Jersey Motorsports Park, previously only using a roling start.[14] The 2011 season was a tough season for the series. The final rounds of the series saw only 16 entrants. Michael Cooper won the series as Rampelberg moved into the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

For 2012 Todd Snyder was appointed as the director of competition.[15] Snyder left the series at the end of the season to join the IMSA. The series created a partnership with the Skip Barber Racing School for young racers. Bryan Hixon was the first driver to win the class. The regular championship was won by Stevan MacAleer.[16] Former single-seater racer Christian Szymczak won the 2013 series championship. Kenton Koch, winner of the 2013 Skip Barber class, won the 2014 overall championship. This was the first back to back championship win for Alara Racing and team principal Ken Murillo.[17] In November 2014 Mazda unveiled the new Global MX-5 Cup at the SEMA tradeshow. The final season of the third generation car was won by John Dean II with a 13 point margin on Patrick Gallagher.[18]

Global MX-5 CupEdit

For 2016 the Global MX-5 Cup was launched. The series featured the new fourth generation Mazda MX-5, and a new prize package. The winner of the series was invited to test a Mazda powered Lola B08/80 prepared by Mazda Motorsports.[19] Last seasons championship contenders Dean II and Gallagher again competed at the front of the pack. Gallagher won the first race after Dean II started from pole position.[20] The championship was won by 26-year old Nathanial Sparks. Sparks won a $200,000 scholarship to advance his racing career.[21] The season culminated with a new shootout format. The Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational debuted with nineteen drivers from eight different countries. The inaugural edition was won by Sparks. Former FIA GT1 racer Gabriele Gardel also competed in the race.[22]

For 2017 sanctioning of the series was taken over from SCCA Pro Racing to IndyCar. Promotion of the series was taken over by Andersen Promotions. Andersen Promotions, headed by Dan Andersen, also promotes and runs all series of the Road to Indy (USF2000, Pro Mazda Championship and Indy Lights). The Global MX-5 Series joined the IndyCar Series at the Grand Prix of Alabama, Kohler Grand Prix, Honda Indy Toronto and the Grand Prix at The Glen.[23]

CarEdit

2003-2005Edit

In the early Mazdaspeed Miata Cup accepted first- and second generation Mazda MX-5s. The series followed Spec Miata rules as issued by the SCCA, NASA and Midwestern Council. Tyres from the labels Toyo, Kumho and Hankook were allowed. Three types of MX-5's were allowed to run in the series. The edition of the MX-5 built from 1990 through 1993 featured a 1.600cc engine. The car had a minimum weight of 2.300lbs. The second type allowed were cars built from 1994 through 1998. The car featured a 1.800cc engine and had a minimum weight of 2.350lbs. Lastly cars built from 1999 through 2005 featured a 1.800cc engine and had a minimum weight of 2.400lbs.[24]

2006-2015Edit

Between 2006 and 2015 the series used the third generation Mazda MX-5. The car featured a 2.0L 200hp engine prepared by Mazdaspeed.[25] Through the years model years 2006 through 2014 were accepted. The engine featured modifications by Mazdaspeed such as a modified cold air intake. The gearbox was a stock 6-speed manual out of the Sport Package. The suspension and shocks were also provided by Mazdaspeed. Tires were provided by Hankook in 2006 and 2007. Between 2008 and 2009 the tires were provided by Kumho. As of 2010 the tires are provided by BFGoodrich.[26]

2016-presentEdit

 
The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup edition at the Montreal International Auto Show 2016.

For the 2016 season Mazda introduced the fourth generation Mazda MX-5. The car is built at the Hiroshima Mazda factory. The MX-5 Cup version is developed by Mazda North American Operations and Long Road Racing. The engine is a 2.0 L SkyActiv-G (PE-VPS) I4. The ECU is provided by General Engine Management Systems.[27] Tom Long was the test driver during the development phase.[28]

TimelineEdit

2000s 2010s
03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Mazda MX-5 NA Mazda MX-5 NC Mazda MX-5 ND
Mazda MX-5 NB
1.600cc 2.000cc
1.800cc
K H K BF
H
T

ChampionsEdit

Mazdaspeed Miata Cup
Year Atlantic Tour Pacific Tour
2003   Niki Coello   Bobby Carter
2004   Payton Wilson   Andrew Fernandez
2005   Tom Long   Justin Hall
Mazda MX-5 Cup
Year Driver Team Shootout winner Skip Barber class
2006   Jim Daniels Team MER
2007   Jason Saini Team MER
2008   Eric Foss   Brad Rampelberg
2009   Todd Lamb AMG Racing   Justin Piscitell
2010   Brad Rampelberg AMG Racing   Scott Shelton
2011   Michael Cooper AMG Racing   Elliott Skeer
2012   Stevan McAleer CJ Wilson Racing   Patrick Gallagher   Bryan Hixon
2013   Christian Szymczak Alara Racing   Joey Bickers   Kenton Koch
2014   Kenton Koch Alara Racing   Kyle Loustaunau   Drake Kemper
2015   John Dean II Sick Sideways Racing   Glenn McGee   Robby Foley
2016   Nathanial Sparks Spark Performance/Sick Sideways   Matt Cresci
2017   Patrick Gallagher McCumbee McAleer Racing   Selin Rollan
2018   Nikko Reger Slipstream Performance   Michael Carter
2019   Bryan Ortiz Copeland Motorsports   Jared Thomas
Global MX-5 Cup Invitational
Year Invitational Winner Team
2016   Nathanial Sparks Spark Performance/Sick Sideways
MX-5 Cup Challenge
Year MX-5 Cup Challenge Team
2017   Patrick Gallagher McCumbee McAleer Racing
2018   Nathanial Sparks Spark Performance/Sick Sideways
2019   Bryan Ortiz Copeland Motorsports

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