Region: San Francisco
Car #: 63
Year : 2001 Posts: 21
Congrats Marc and everybody - here's the press release from Mazdas..
MAZDASPEED Announces Shootout Finalists
One Will Earn a Funded Ride in the 2011 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup
November 1, 2009 (Irvine, Calif). When you have more people roadracing your cars than any other brand, the expectations are high for manufacturer support. One key way that Mazda has met that expectation is with the single largest prize in club racing – a funded ride in the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup.
For the fifth consecutive year, Mazda will assist one talented racer to make the leap from club racing to the professional ranks. That racer must demonstrate skills both in the cockpit and in the business arena, proving that they have the total package to succeed.
To be eligible for the shootout the racer must first win a club racing national championship with Mazda power. Over 200 racers competed in the recent SCCA Runoffs, NASA National Championships, and the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge. From those races, 14 Mazda powered champions emerged. Each was then invited to submit a business proposal to determine the five finalists.
The five finalists for the 2010 shootout are:
·Marc Hoover 2010 NASA PTD Champion
·Dan McKeever 2010 NASA Spec Miata Champion
·Scott Shelton 2010 NASA PTC Champion
·Nate Sparks 2010 NASA Teen Challenge (East) Champion
·Tyler Vance 2010 NASA PTE & Teen Challenge (West) Champion
The other 2009 champions (and shootout semi-finalists) were as follows:
·Jon Brakke 2010 SCCA E Production Champion
·Andrew Charbonneau 2010 SCCA Spec Miata Champion
·Jeff Diffenderfer 2010 NASA PTA Champion
·Alan McCallum 2010 NASA Formula Mazda Champion
·Patrick O'Neill 2010 NASA Pro Mazda Champion
·Scott Rettich 2010 SCCA Formula Enterprise Champion
WHAT’S NEXT? The five finalists will travel to Greenville, South Carolina for a one-day shootout at the Laurens Proving Grounds. This is a new location for the shootout and one that is off-the-radar for racers – this is the Michelin/BFG test facility. No driver will have ever had the opportunity to drive the track prior to the day. The venue change was a suggestion from the BFGoodrich engineering team. BFGoodrich is the tire partner to both the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup as well as the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED challenge. The BFG engineering team will be taking a leading role in the evaluation of the technical knowledge and feedback from the drivers.
The shootout is far beyond just measuring “Who is fastest?” since each racer has already proven their ability to win a championship race. The shootout measures all aspects of a driver, including:
· Fast lap times
· Lap time consistency
· Technical feedback and knowledge
· The ability to write a comprehensive business plan for motorsports success
· PR and media skills
The judges are invited by Mazda and comprise a variety of expertises. Judges include driving legends and past champions, team owners, race engineers, marketing executives, and motorsports journalists.
“In the racing world, speed is critical, but the intention of this program is to see who has the other business talents and communication skills necessary to succeed in motorsports long-term. Our three most recent winners, Brad Rampelberg, Justin Piscitell, and Nick Evans all proved themselves beyond a shadow of a doubt on the pro level in 2010 finishing 1-2-3 in the MX-5 Cup. Our goal remains to help support the next up-and-coming talent,” noted Steve Sanders, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Competition Manager.
On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle. At the track, you’ll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, MAZDA3, MAZDA6, RX-7 and other vintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the Soul of a Sports Car. In fact, the largest road-racing class in the world is Spec Miata, with more than 2,500 first- and second-generation Miatas tearing up America’s racetracks, making it the most-raced production car in the world. Mazda’s involvement in motorsports extends to its relationship with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the world’s premier road-racing circuits, and the Skip Barber Schools for driving and racing.
Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in the United States in 2010, Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.
Car #: 97
Year : 1990/99 Posts: 788
I don't think VON C gave that deal any real consideration as being all jacked up on Mountain Dew was not what they are looking for. Certainly not knocking the drivers that were selected but I would imagine that there is a lot more to that deal then meets the eye. Good luck to those that went after it though.
-------------------- 2010 ARRC Champion 2010 CFR Champion 2010 instigator of the year 2010/2011 Andrew Von C Wingman
Car #: 98
Year : 93 Posts: 165
I believe to get to the final 5 the drivers have to do some work and put together a business plan and maybe a video presentation... Doubt it had much if anything to do with which series or club you came from.
-------------------- Dave Kizerian Utah Region SCCA Road Race Director