Mazda Motorsports Coming In Hi-Def

If you’re a Mazda fan and happen to have the HDNet ( channel you’re in for a treat.  This weekend HDNet will be broadcasting the Autobahn Grand Prix presented by Mazda this weekend!  Thats right you’re going to get Atlantics, MX-5 Cup, and Star Mazda all in Hi-Def!! If for some crazy reason you can’t partake in the high def motorsport goodness you better set your DVR and Tivos!

Press Release:



— HDNet to Broadcast Two Mazda-centric Race Weekends —


         June 5, 2009 (Irvine, Calif).  The optimistic cliché is that tough times produce new opportunities.  The current economic situation is indeed a rough one for all segments of industry, especially the automotive world.  The MAZDASPEED team has taken that as a challenge, and is pleased to announce a new TV partnership that will be kicked off with two big weekends of live high-definition coverage on HDNet in June and July.


         The broadcasts will focus on a pair of weekends where multiple classes of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder will compete:


Mazda Formula X at The New Jersey Motorsports Park — June 13-14

Autobahn Grand Prix Presented by Mazda at The Autobahn Country Club – July 25-26


         Both weekends will feature a Mazda triple-header with races on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring:

  • Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered By Mazda
  • Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear
  • SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup


         Each of the four broadcasts will be live for three hours (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT). The broadcast team will be led by veteran commentator Rick Benjamin and legendary race-driver Elliott Forbes Robinson.


         “By focusing on two of our biggest Mazda-centric race weekends, we can offer a unique viewing opportunity.  Frequently, support races are broadcast at a different day and time, and often on different networks.  We know that the road racing fan who follows the Atlantic Championship also will enjoy the Star Mazda and MX-5 Cup races.  Our partnership with HDNet will allow us to more closely share the on-track experience with fans around the country by giving them a three-race afternoon, and the quality of the programming and high-definition transmission means it’s nearly as good as being trackside.  A big thank you to our series partners at Cooper Tires (Atlantic) and BFGoodrich Tires (MX-5 Cup) for helping to make this happen,” noted Mike Nakashima, Director of Marketing, Mazda North American Operations.

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