Mazda Racers Chase $90,000 and new MX-5
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From September 13-16, 2007, racers from across the country will gather at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to crown season-end champions at the Second Annual National Auto Sport Association (NASA) National Championships Presented by Toyo Tires. The grand prize for those racing a Mazda -- and only those racing a Mazda -- will be the opportunity to vie for more than $90,000 in contingency prizes, as well as win a brand new 2008 Mazda MX-5 and all of the MAZDASPEED parts to build an MX-5 Cup car for the 2008 race season.

To prove the strength of Mazda's motorsports programs, run under the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development banner, there will be more Mazda vehicles competing at this event than any other brand of vehicle. Over four days of furious competition, NASA will conduct races for more than 24 vehicle classes, with the largest being Spec Miata, a one-make class for identically prepared first- and second-generation Mazda MX-5 Miatas. Following Mazda in popularity in NASA club racing are the venerable brands of Porsche and BMW. To underscore its dominance at this level of the sport, there will be more Mazdas competing than Toyota (including Lexus and Scion), Honda (including Acura), and Nissan (including Infiniti and Datsun) combined.

The cornerstone of Mazda in general, and MAZDASPEED in particular, is the hardcore enthusiast, and there is no better place to see this than a club race where Mazda is the vehicle of choice, noted Steve Sanders, MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Competition Manager.

Regarding Mazda's considerable contingency support in NASA club racing, Sanders continued, We have committed $90,000 in contingency prize money to all NASA classes where Mazdas are eligible to compete. Win in Spec Miata and Mazda will pay you $5,000. Win in a Performance Touring Class with a Mazda, and again, we'll pay you $5,000. After the season is completed, Mazda will then host a shootout among all eligible national champions, with the prize being a brand new Mazda MX-5 and the necessary MAZDASPEED parts to build an MX-5 Cup car. Last year, SCCA Spec Miata National Champion Andrew Caddell won the shootout, and he has spent 2007 racing in the SCCA Pro Racing SIRIUS Satellite Radio MX-5 Cup - with impressive results. This year, NASA champions will have the same opportunity.

The Mazda payout is as follows: 1st - $5,000, 2nd - $2,500, 3rd - $1,250. Eligible classes are Spec Miata, all Performance Touring Classes, Super Touring 1 & 2, and Super Unlimited Classes. In addition, Mazda will pay $300 for a Mazda win in any Time Trial class. More information on the various NASA Classes can be found at www.nasachampionships.com Information about the range of Mazda contingency programs and program requirements can be found at www.MazdaspeedMotorsports.com
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