Mazda Racers Chasing Three Touring Car Championships

2017 Mazda Motorsports Pirelli World Challenge Preview

IRVINE, Calif. (April 27, 2017) – The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championships kicks off this weekend at VIRginia International Raceway.  Independent Mazda racers will be challenging for drivers’ championships in the Touring Car (TC), Touring Car A (TCA) and Touring Car B (TCB) classes.  For the VIR race weekend, there are 14 Mazda racers entered across the three classes, including the series debut of the fourth-generation MX-5 Cup race car.

Expectations for the 2017 season are high for the Mazda teams. In 2016:

·       Mazda racers scored 21 race wins from 36 races across the three Touring Car classes;
·       Elivan Goulart earned the TCA Drivers’ Championship in his S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5;
·       Mazda earned both the TC and TCA Manufacturers’ Championships.
 

“Pirelli World Challenge has been an ideal showcase for Mazda teams moving up to the professional ranks," said David Cook, business development manager, Mazda Motorsports. "Last year will be hard to top, but we are eager to see Copeland Motorsports, Winding Road Racing, and Rossini Racing with the PWC debut for the fourth-generation MX-5 Cup car. We also expect to see Elivan Goulart fiercely defend his TCA championship.”

Car # (Class) Driver/Hometown                       Team/Car/Sponsor

# 5 (TC)                John A Weisberg                  BERG Racing Mazda MX-5 REDCOM Laboratories / Micro
                             Webster, NY                         Precision Components / Permatex / Red Line Oil

# 17 (TC)              Randy Hale                          Hale Motorsports Mazda MX-5
                             Haddam, CT                         TransAero, Inc

# 21 (TCA)            Michael Johnson                   Tech Sport Racing Mazda MX-5
                             Austin, TX                            Tech Sport Racing

# 23 (TCA)            Eric Powell                           Tech Sport Racing Mazda MX-5
                             Orlando, FL                          Tech Sport Racing

# 37 (TCB)            Blake Thompson                   ISellMiataParts Mazda 2
                             Racine, WI                           ISellMiataParts / The Miata Store

# 70 (TCA)            Elivan Goulart                       S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5
                             Shelton, CT                          S.A.C. Racing / SCDA1.com

# 73 (TC)              Daniel Moen                         S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5
                             Rindge, NH                           S.A.C. Racing

# 74 (TCA)            Matthew Fassnacht               S.A.C. Racing Mazda MX-5
                             Madison, NJ                         S.A.C. Racing

# 79 (TCA)            Spencer Patterson                Patterson Racing Mazda MX-5
                             Pittsburgh, PA                      Regent Square Rental

# 89 (TCA)            Jeff Sexton                           Winding Road Racing TFB Mazda MX-5
                             Austin, TX                            Winding Road Racing

# 97 (TCA)            Brian Henderson                   Copeland Motorsports Mazda MX-5
                             Falmouth, MA                       Copeland Motorsports / BDL Motorsports

# 155 (TCA)          Jason Cannole                      Rossini Racing Mazda MX-5
                             Raleigh, NC                          Rossini Racing

# 02 (TCB)            Ted Sahley                           Believeland Motorsports Mazda 2
                             Cleveland, OH                      Choice Privileges Rewards / ChoiceHotels.com

# 07 (TCA)            Dean Copeland                     Copeland Motorsports Mazda MX-5
                             Grasonville, MD                    Copeland Motorsports

 
The 2017 Pirelli Wold Challenge (TC/TCA/TCB) Race Schedule:       

April 28-30        VIRginia International Raceway              Alton, Virginia
May 19-21        Canadian Tire Motorsport Park              Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
May 26-27        Lime Rock Park                                     Lakeville, Connecticut
Aug 11-13         Utah Motorsports Campus                     Tooele, Utah               
Sept 1-3           Circuit of the Americas                          Austin, Texas  
Oct 13-15         Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca               Monterey, California

 
Each event is a double-header, with two races per weekend, for a 12-race season.    

Information on all of Mazda Motorsports can be found online at www.mazdamotorsports.com.

About Mazda Motorsports:
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Mazda is also the title sponsor of the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Follow all of the latest news at MazdaMotorsports.com, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.
 

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