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MAZDA MOTORSPORTS: 2015 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE PREVIEW

Ten Mazda Racers Ready for Texas Season Opener

Mazda Pirelli World ChallengeMarch 5, 2015 (AUSTIN, Texas) – The success of Mazda Motorsports is in large part thanks to thousands of racers across the country choosing to race Mazda vehicles.  One of the great showcases for the quality, durability, and reliability of Mazda cars, and the skills of Mazda racers, is the Pirelli World Challenge.  This year, ten Mazda racers will be taking the green flag for the three-day, three-race weekend beginning Friday, March 6, at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

Pirelli World Challenge comprises seven different classes of competition, with Mazda racers competing in three.  The Mazda MX-5 will go head-to-head with Porsche, Honda, Nissan, Volvo, VW, and Ford in the Touring Car (TC) class.  In the Touring Car “A” (TCA) class, for cars with fewer modifications, the Mazda RX-8 will compete with Honda and Kia.  In Touring Car “B-Spec”(TCB), it will be the nimble Mazda2 up against the Honda Fit, Mini Cooper, and Fiat 500.

“It’s great to see so many strong Mazda teams ready for the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge.  Mazda has a long history in the series, and we look to our current racers to add their names alongside past race winners and champions like Randy Pobst, Jeff Altenberg, and Michael Cooper.  Having the season conclude at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in September will make this a special season for us,”noted John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations.

Mazda Entries for this weekend:

Car # Driver/HometownTeam/Car/Sponsor
#9 (TCB) Chris Holter
Rochester, New York
Breathless Performance Mazda2
Fuel Clothing / Spy Optics / Go Puck
#17 (TC) Randy Hale
Haddam, CT 
Hale Motorsports Mazda MX-5
TransAero/Hale Propeller
#22 (TCA) Kevin Anderson
Huntington Station, New York
Tech Sport Racing Mazda RX-8
TechSportRacing.com
#23 (TCA) Robby Foley (R)
Randolph, New York    
Tech Sport Racing Mazda RX-8
TechSportRacing.com
#33 (TC) Adam Poland
Mount Vernon, Texas
EASTEX Motorsports Mazda MX-5
Texas Track Works / Majestic Pet Products
#50 (TC) Dinah Weisberg (R)    
Webster, New York
BERG Racing Mazda MX-5
REDCOM Laboratories /Color Track / Red Line
#55 (TCB) James Wilson    
Kyle, Texas    
Black Armor Helmets Mazda2
Black Armor Helmets
#64 (TC) Austin Snader    
Sealy, Texas    
Snader Racing Mazda MX-5
Event Fresh / SR Enterprises / MAZDASPEED
#95 (TCB) Steve Taake    
Houston, Texas
Daylight Motorsports Mazda2
Black Armor Helmets / MAZDASPEED
#98 (TC) Ernie Francis Jr.
Davie, Florida
Breathless Performance Mazda MX-5
Time4Learning 

Several of the Mazda racecars at COTA will be carrying artwork for the Austin Humane Society.  Mazda racers have promoted shelter animal adoptions at various races around the country since 2007.  Thanks to Roger Beasley Mazda, the Austin Humane Society (AHS) will be raffling off a 2015 Mazda MX-5.  Additionally the AHS will have shelter volunteers at the track selling tickets.  http://www.austinhumanesociety.org/

The 2015 Pirelli Wold Challenge (TC/TCA/TCB) Race Schedule:

March 6-8     Circuit of The Americas                  Austin, Texas               

May 15-17    Canadian Tire Motorsport Park       Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada               

June 26-28    Road America                                Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin            

Aug 14-16     Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course           Lexington, Ohio            

Aug 21-23     Miller Motorsports Park                  Tooele, Utah                

Sept 11-13    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca        Monterey, California

Each event is a triple-header, with three races per weekend, for an 18-race season.

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