Mazdaspeed Motorsports Supports the 2016 Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear with Cash Awards and Unique Driver Scholarship Opportunities
March 10th, 2016
It was announced today that Mazdaspeed will be offering a total of $11,250 in cash contingency awards, along with opportunities to vie for scholarships totaling $300,000. The MAZDASPEED ladder has been a critical part of the success of up-and-coming racers including Raphael Matos, John Edwards, Conor Daly, Joel Miller, Connor De Phillippi, Dane Cameron, Jason Saini, Todd Lamb, Eric Foss, Michael Cooper, Trent Hindman, Danilo Estrella, Adam Christodoulou, Sage Karam, Spencer Pigot, Felix Serralles, Tristan Vautier, Petri Suvanto, Scott Anderson and Elliot Skeer.
"Our series and drivers really appreciate that Mazda recognizes the FCC presented by Goodyear as being worthy of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Driver ladder programs," stated Series Official Mark Milazzo. "We also really appreciate the amount of investment that Mazda makes in the sport we all love. Many of our racers, mechanics, and officials drive Mazdas as their everyday vehicles. It's been really great to watch some of our alumni making it to the top levels of motorsports with assistance from Mazda, and we are expecting some new talent this season who will be working hard to get the most out of these opportunities." These are the Mazdaspeed awards being offered to 2016 FCC racers this season:
2016 West Coast Formula Car Challenge presented by Goodyear
• $11,250 in Mazdaspeed Cash Contingency Awards
• One 2016 FCC competitor will be invited to the shootout for a $200,000 MRTI scholarship
2016 FCC presented by Goodyear Triple Crown National Championships
• Pro FM champion - qualified as semi-finalist in MRT24 $100,000 scholarship program
• FormulaSPEED champion - qualified as semi-finalist in MRT24 $100,000 scholarship program
• Formula Mazda champion - qualified as semi-finalist in MRT24 $100,000 scholarship program
The Mazda Road to 24 provides a series of scholarships supporting drivers up a well-defined racing ladder to reach the ultimate level in sports car racing in North America. The MRT24 ladder starts with grassroots racing. The market leader in grassroots racing, Mazda established the first professional sports car racing step on the ladder in 2006 – Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The champion of the series receives a $200,000 scholarship to race in either the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge or Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda. After this tier, the final rung is the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which hosts the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the only auto manufacturer's factory-owned race team – Mazda.
The Mazda Road to Indy program offers scholarships for drivers to climb from grassroots racing to IndyCar in open-wheel racing. In the 2015 Indianapolis 500, 23 of the 33 starters came from the MRTI ladder. The three-step professional ladder program – Cooper Tires USF2000, Pro Mazda, and Indy Lights – all powered by Mazda engines, provide each series champion with a scholarship to climb to the next rung. To prepare the drivers for IndyCar, the top rung, each series competes on road courses, street courses, and ovals.
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