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Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Race at Watkins Glen International May 2016

Once I saw the schedule for the brand spanking new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup I quickly signed up to marshal it. Immediately following the debut at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last week, the Series tracked across the country to Upstate New York for their second race of the season at Watkins Glen playing a support role to the NARRA and Trans Am series.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Playboy MX-5 Cup which I credit with the reason for my buying an NC Miata of my own. Since I’ve been using my car as a marshaling rig to travel to various circuits including Watkins Glen International, Thompson Speedway in New England and even a trip down to Florida for St. Pete GP and Sebring 12 hour earlier this year where I visited Long Road Racing on the way home in North Carolina. The reason I mention LRR is because they make all the cars (hand built) that participate in this Global MX-5 Cup series and those parallel ones that happen around the world. Who’d thunk it?

The new Global MX-5 Cup cars are incredible and the field is huge pushing over 40 cars on the grid which almost guarantees incidents and accidents. Thanks also to the rain that blessed us this weekend there was a ton of cars that crashed including a major smash-up right under the start stand when the green flag was thrown. I was super privileged to work as a Starter this weekend and was amazed to see all the cars on pit lane staging for their race. I also got to work turn 7 where the cars were taking the fairly sharp turn at over 60mph which seems incredible to me.

Enough talking and here’s some photos from the paddock walk I did on Thursday as the cars were unloaded… the hardest part was selecting the pictures to share as I took hundreds of them…

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The first car I saw was plain vanilla… body in white.

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But the rest were like Skittles, all colors of the rainbow!

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Check facebook for more pictures from this event. Amazing event!!!

I loved it!

PS. Even the Pace Car was a new ND MX-5 Miata:

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Postcard from the North American Road Racing Association Weekend at Watkins Glen Int’l

What a trip… I was really looking forward to this visit to Watkins Glen International for a brand new-to-me series: NARRA – North American Road Racing Association:  USGT racing which shared the weekend with some SCCA Pro big guns including Trans Am, Formula 1600, Formula 2000, Formula Atlantic, and Global MX-5 Cup (the one series I really wanted to see, and will post about separately).

I’ll try to write a little debrief later, but for now I’d like to share some pictures from my paddock walk on Thursday… what an amazing experience that was! Really happy I got a chance to see all those awesome cars, lots of Dodge Viper ACR’s (American Club Racers), Ford Mustangs, Aston Martin DB9, Chevy Corvette, and even a few MX-5 Miatas including a NB and a NC.

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The curious thing about the Mazda MX-5 Miata (NC) racing with this group it was labeled as “GT3” class. Which I thought was very optimistic… until I saw it passing the Chevy Corvette and a Dodge Viper during the race…. which made me say “DAAAAMMM!” The car itself still had the door number stickers form the series it normally runs in which is SCCA Pro: Pirelli World Challenge TCA class… and I always thought that TCA class were moderately stock 2.0 Liter Miata’s with some heavy-duty upgrades like race suspension, roll cage, exhaust, etc. To see it blow away a Vette and a Viper into Turn 7 was amazing!

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As hard as it tried it was unable to catch the Gulf livery Aston Martin

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The Viper ACR’s running in GT1 and GTX class were impressive too!

Global MX-5 Cup Racing at Watkins Glen Int’l, See You All There!

The Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich tires first season kicks off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend… which I can’t make. BUT, the second race is happening much closer to home at Watkins Glen International and I wanted to take this opportunity to encourage the Mazda Miata fans to come watch the racing with me. Well, I’ll be marshaling but I’m looking forward to the opportunity of seeing some local MX-5 owners there. In addition to all the brand spanking new Global MX-5 Cup cars (of which I got a nice preview at Long Road Racing in North Carolina).

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From what I saw at Road Atlanta last year during Petit Le Mans, the cars look fantastic and seeing a large group of them going flat out together will be awesome!

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Please come out and support the series….  Trans Am will be headlining the event, so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth!

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photo courtesy of: Mazda Motorsports, taken at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca