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Posted On April 29, 2015By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Spotlight On

FAQs – 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Car and Series

What is the 2016 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series?     The next generation 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be raced in a new Global Cup series slated to be held in North America, Europe, and Asia; full details of the Global MX-5 Cup will be announced as they are confirmed. The series will culminate at the end of 2016 with a Global Shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, to crown the Global MX-5 Cup overall series champion. A one-day test in Mazda’s top-level TUDOR United SportsCar Championship SKYACTIV prototypeRead More
MX-5 Cup car shakedown test

Posted On April 15, 2015By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Spotlight On

Global MX-5 Cup First Test: The Shakedown

On Tuesday, April 7, the fourth generation (ND) Mazda MX-5 race car put tire to racetrack for the first time, in its first shakedown. For those who understand the adage, Long Live the Roadster, you likely know that the road car will be available this summer; the race car is close behind with target availability in October. Long Road Racing (LRR), Mazda Motorsports’ partner assisting in the development of the 2016 MX-5 road car into the next generation Global Cup car, received the first three road cars for development lastRead More

Posted On December 5, 2014By Christopher DeHardeIn Spotlight On

Race of the Year: Bathurst 1000

What else could you ask for out of a race where the winning car was stuffed into the tire barrier a quarter of the way through, made thirteen pit stops and managed to lead only the last lap of the race after starting from dead last on the grid? Does anybody honestly think Hollywood could have come up with that script? The only things that could have made the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 crazier than it had already been would have been a massive rain shower and a wayward spectatorRead More

Posted On November 3, 2014By Adam TateIn Spotlight On

Texas in the Spotlight: COTA & TMS

Texas Motor Speedway and the Circuit of the Americas are 220 miles apart via Interstate 35, the backbone highway of Texas and the United States. For Bernie Ecclestone, it is of little note, but for larger than life TMS front man Eddie Gossage it is 220 miles too close. He raised a stir when F1 announced this year’s U.S. Grand Prix for the same date as his premier AAA Texas 500. Sine then the scheduling gaffe has led to criticism and the debate of whether or not it would forceRead More

Posted On July 2, 2014By Adam TateIn Spotlight On

A Pike’s Peak Perspective

I have wanted to go to the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb since I was 12 years old. My family took a big camping trip to Colorado, we hooked the pop up to our trusty Nissan Pathfinder and left the flat expanse of Texas in the rear-view mirror. When we arrived in Colorado Springs I marveled at the height and beauty of the mountains. When I learned the history of Pike’s Peak it thrilled me, when we drove up the winding, precipitous road I was amazed. At the summit we pickedRead More
By Adam Tate, Associate Editor As we move forward into the 21st century the threat of climate change and the reduction of resources have combined to make the world of motor racing greener and more inventive than ever. Series all around the world are turning to hybrid and electric technology, they have entire departments focused on sustainability, renewable energy and the purchasing of carbon offsets. We hear about this more and more in the media, but we do not often hear about the racing circuits themselves. As major sporting destinations, theRead More
Last week I experienced the power, immediacy and thrill of an open wheel race car for the first time in my life. A fan of open wheel racing since child hood, the anticipation and excitement I felt as I drove out to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie was fever pitch. It is there where I met up with Hans Wolter and his top-notch crew from Wings&Slicks. I arrived early for the 3:30 event and watched as they finished unloading their transporter, proudly wearing sponsor decals and a championship bannerRead More