fourth. In the end, Patrick Gallagher, who
won the last race with the NC chassis,
ended up winning the first race with the
new car; Robby Foley then won Race 2.
Drennan is stepping up from racing a
Spec Miata, and so is the team he’s with,
Winding Road Racing/Team TFB. TFB
Performance is a Northern California prep
shop known for its work with Spec Miatas,
but the advent of the Global MX- 5 Cup car
triggered its expansion into pro racing.
“I’ve always wanted to race in the MX- 5
Cup series,” says Drennan. “I knew with
the new car coming out, it was going to
level the playing field for new teams, and
I really wanted to work with [TFB’s] Tim
Barber, who I’d had so much success with
on the amateur side.”
In fact, many club racers are taking
advantage of the new turnkey car.
Amazingly, almost 100 of them have
been sold so far, many to drivers who will
use them in competition outside of the
MX- 5 Cup (see sidebar). It’s no surprise to
Mazda Motorsports boss John Doonan.
“I think you measure success by the
customers,” Doonan says. “And at this
first race, there’s huge appreciation and
huge satisfaction from the customers.
That was our goal from the beginning;
to produce the best value in sports car
racing, and people have spoken with
their decision to invest in it.”
The series hit Watkins Glen after its
debut at Mazda Raceway, and will next
visit Road America in June, followed by
Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, VIRginia
International Raceway and Road Atlanta.
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GLOBAL MAZDA MX- 5 CUP IS GO
It’s possible to get one’s
feet wet with Mazda’s new
Global MX- 5 Cup car without
jumping into the SCCA Pro
Racing pool right away.
The car is eligible for SCCA
Club Racing in Touring 3,
and could also be used for
Time Trials or track days.
Mazda Motorsports Director
John Doonan hopes that
some of those who’ve
bought the car for Club
Racing will then try their
hand at pro racing when the
series visits a nearby track.
“I think what you’ll see
when we go to Watkins Glen,
or Road America, or Road
Atlanta, is that the people
who had the primary goal of
Club Racing will choose to
join us at a pro weekend and
experience the fun of racing
at major events,” he says.
MX- 5 CUP
Start of a new era... Mazda
Motorsports boss John
Doonan presents the Race 1
trophy to Patrick Gallagher.
Find out more about the
2016 Battery Tender
Global Mazda MX- 5 Cup
presented by BFGoodrich
Drennan’s path to
the Global MX- 5
sim racing, karts
and Spec Miata
(MAIN) Reigning champ John Dean II leads the 40-car field in
Race 2 of a new era for the MX- 5 Cup, thanks to the introduction
of the Global MX- 5 Cup car. (BELOW) Close action from Patrick
Gallagher and Dean II; SCCA Pro Racing’s experienced officials
help ensure a level playing field for highly-popular series.
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME