There are many reasons to race. For Mazda it’s all about showcasing the quality, durability and reliability (QDR) of their products in racing, especially endurance road racing. For most people, racing is a personal challenge, and a lot of fun. But enjoying racing and the fun it provides can be expensive. With its new B-Spec race car, Mazda wants to greatly reduce the financial cost of racing so many more can share in the excitement and fun.
“B-Spec is showroom stock racing at the most basic level. Our Mazda2 is an affordable car with track performance that will bring a surprising grin to your face,” says John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports. “It’s not a straight-line demon, but the Mazda2 with a B-Spec kits is amazing in the turns. Our goal at PRI is to show how easy it is to build, and to allow a diverse team of Mazda racers a chance to race it one week later”.
Mazda partnered with Honda to develop the B-Spec concept two years ago. It was announced at the 2010 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Trade Show and has since developed to the point that over a half-dozen car companies have developed kits.The B-Spec class is now recognized on both the professional and club racing level in the U.S. and Canada.
Mazda Motorsports sells a B-Spec “kit” for $2,575. A driver looking for a brand new turnkey racecar could have one delivered ready-to-race from a prep company for about $25,000. Starting with a used car, and a few DIY skills, a car could be completed for under $15,000. Winning a SCCA or NASA National Championship earns $5,000 in Mazda contingency payments, and a shot at the Mazda Club Racer Shootout worth $75,000. Did we mention that Mazda is seeking to make racing more affordable?
From Thursday November 29 through Saturday, December 1 at the Performance Racing Industry (PR) Trade Show in Orlando, FL, Mazda will demonstrate how easy it is to transform a stock Mazda2 into a B-Spec racercar in about 25 hours (three days at the PRI trade show) using a Mazda B-Spec kit plus safety equipment.
The work will be managed by Long Road Racing with the assistance of partners BFGoodrich, SBox Engineering, SafeCraft Safety Equipment, HRP Racing, AiM Sports, MOMO, Miller Welding Products and Optrix.
When the car is completed, it will make it’s racing debut at the NASA 25 Hour at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California on Saturday, December 8 through Sunday, December 9. The driver lineup will consist of of six Mazda alums. Professional road-racers Tom Long and Charles Espenlaub will be joined by former Import Drag Racing Champion Ed Bergenholtz, 2011 MX-5 Cup Rookie of the Year Scott Shelton, 2011 Star Mazda Champion and 2012 Indy Lights Champion Tristan Vautier, and 2012 Skip Barber Racing School MAZDASPEED Challenge Champion Kenton Koch.
This 50-hour showcase of the Mazda B-Spec racecar will demonstrate the fun and ease of use of the package, and hopefully encourage more racers into the sport.
Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America. Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda’s success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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