We will introduce the various challenges being undertaken throughout the world using Mazda’s latest vehicles and technology
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
The US championship series of endurance race by prototype and GT car, run by IMSA (International Motor Sports Association), consisting of total ten rounds including 24 Hours of Daytona (Florida), 12 Hours of Sebring (Florida), Long Beach (California), Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (California), 6 Hours of Watkins Glen (New York), and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta (Georgia). Mazda USA’s official team “SpeedSource” has participated in the championship by two LMP2s.
Thailand Super Series
The official team of Mazda Sales Thailand has entered two Mazda 2s into Thailand’s highly popular Super Series. The Mazda fans had a lot to celebrate in 2013 when Mazda achieved its first victory in its first year in competition. With Thailand’s popular movie actor, 'Pete' Thongchua also actively participating as a driver, the series is showing increasing popularity with young female fans. In addition to the 3 domestic races in Thailand, there are also international rounds, such as that held at Sepang’s International circuit in Malaysia, showing that the series is really coming of age.
Super Endurance Series
An endurance race series divided into five classes in which production-car based racecars compete all at once. It is a series which tours around Japan’s major domestic circuits, such as Fuji, Suzuka, Okayama, Motegi, SUGO and Autopolis and is very popular due to being a race in which you can see a variety of different cars over a long period of time. In 2014 there are two NC roadsters competing in the ST-4 class and a Demio competing in the ST-5 and, while they are both slightly outdone by the competition in terms of power, they are able to strongly compete using their superior handling.
Australian Rally Championship
In Australia’s vibrant rally environment, G2 spec machines that reach peak performance through 2-liter engines and wide treads compete in this top-level championship. In the Australian Rally Championship the Mazda Australia supported RallySchool.com.au team has been having great success competing with a Mazda G2 vehicle. Champion candidate, Brendan Reeves has been receiving a great deal of positive attention from rally-affiliated groups around the globe.
CTCC (China Touring Car Championship)
Mazda China will support a local racing team that will compete in the 2015 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) to be held in various locations throughout the country. Mazda Partner, the Beijin Luisu Racing Team, which is based in Beijing, will be competing in the Production Class with two Mazda 3 Axelas and in the Super Production Class with one Mazda 6 Atenza. Through its SKYACTIV technology, Mazda is currently promoting its place in China as a company with a “never stop challenging” spirit.
Other motorsports-related activities
Support Our Kids
A project was launched with the aim of supporting the independence of teenagers who live in the Tohoku region and have been displaced by the Great East Japan Earthquake. That project was named “Support Our Kids”. Mazda supports this NPO project alongside embassies, companies, celebrities, athletes, etc. and aims to provide these kids with a wide variety of experiences through motorsports. The program takes these young people to France where they get the opportunity to receive language training, cultural exchange tours, visits to the 24-hours of Le Mans, and so on.
Goodwood Festival of Speed
Mazda also has an exhibition at the world’s largest outdoors motorsports exhibition, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, held at Goodwood in the South of England. Held on the vast private grounds of a British aristocrat, various events are held such as a hill climb race where hundreds of legendary race cars including, F1, Group C and WRC rally cars, compete to be the fastest up the mountain. There is also the concours d’elegance, a classic car display of the finest in automotive design. At Mazda’s 2014 stand the theme was the 25th anniversary celebration of the MX-5
Mazda Fan Festa
Every year in December a celebration of motorsports is held at the Okayama International Circuit to show appreciation for all the Mazda fans. On the racing course, currently competing as well as legendary racecars perform demonstration runs while on the stage drivers and guests involved in Mazda motorsports participate in a talk show. In addition, there are owners meets for each vehicle type, car exhibitions of the latest Mazda models, mini test drives, and games tournaments incorporated into the festival which enable everyone to fully enjoy the entire day.
Roadster Media 4-Hour Endurance Race
Held every year in September at Tsukuba Circuit, since the first generation Roadster was released 25 years ago, this one-make Roadster 4-hour endurance race is carried out as a media promotion event.