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Introducing the MX-5 Global Cup Series: Racing At its Finest

MX-5 Global Cup Series - 2016 Mazda MX-5 MiataAt Steet Ponte Mazda, we take pride in knowing the MX-5 Miata is the best-selling roadster in history. With drivers around the world grinning from ear to ear in this sporty model, it seems like Mazda doesn’t need to change a thing. But will we ever see a race-worthy model?

Mazda recently announced that the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 will appear in a new MX-5 Global Cup Series. This series will feature race-modified Miatas that will go head-to-head in competitions around the world. If you’re a fan of the MX-5, you’re not going to want to miss this.

“We’re excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and introduce them to a new global audience,” said Masahiro Moro, a Managing Executive Officer.  “It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality.”

Although few details have been released, the race-models will feature a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder, according to a Mazda press release. Final details will be released in 2015.

Mazda Motorsports’ Educational Program Reaches Over 10,000 Students

Mazda Motorsports' educational programMazda Motorsports is not only committed to performing well on the racetrack, but to positively impacting the lives of students in communities around the U.S. Since launching its Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) outreach program, the organization has provided interactive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education to more than 10,000 middle and high school students.

“This STEM program has been one of the most rewarding things we’ve done at Mazda Motorsports,” said John Doonan, Mazda Motorsports director and leader behind Mazda’s R.A.C.E. STEM program. “We’re happy to report that our future is in good hands as the students that we’ve been fortunate enough to interact with are demonstrating the drive, initiative and curiosity that it takes to convert STEM education into global innovation.”

After students participate in Mazda’s interactive presentation, they are given tickets to attend a nearby race in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship circuit.

As the 2014 season comes to a close, the organization is already making plans for 2015. We at Steet Ponte Mazda hope Mazda Motorsports’ educational program will expand to include some of our local schools next season.