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When the original Mazda Miata MX-5 was introduced in 1989, Mazda knew they had reinvented the roadster. What they didn't know was that they would also be reshaping the nation's motor sports landscape. The MX-5's combination of a light weight chassis, 50/50 balance, and neutral handling made it a true sports car one that would be at home on the track as well as the road.

The popularity of the MX-5 has fueled production of over 750,000 MX-5s worldwide since 1989. So it's no wonder that the Mazda MX-5 is a familiar sight on racetracks across the country. The SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Spec Miata class was introduced in 2001 and remains of the sanctioning body's most popular spec classes. Coinciding with the introduction of the new-for-2005 third generation Mazda MX-5, the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup series was announced in late 2005. The purpose of the MX-5 Cup is to provide an opportunity to compete in similarly prepared low cost cars with limited modifications. It is the entry level of production car-based competition in SCCA Pro Racing.

Designed as one of the first rungs in the driver development ladder, the MX-5 Cup is an integral part of Mazda's North American driver development programs, joining The Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda and the Star Mazda Championship Presented By Goodyear. Combined with Mazda's participation in SCCA Club Racing, the SCCA SPEED World Challenge, the Grand Am Cup and Grand American Rolex Series, and the American Le Mans Series, they create a comprehensive motor sports program one that could only come from the company that puts the soul of a sports car into every car that it builds



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