Hype News: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Car Is Newest Official Mazda Raceway Pace Car

There is a lot going on this weekend up in Monterey, California.  There is a few hundred million dollars worth of exotic, and classic cars are staging up for Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show, tour, and auctions.  A few minutes down the way a ton of vintage race cars will be gathering at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion event.  With everything going on, there will be a ton of eyes focused on Monterey this weekend so Mazda figured this would be the best time to debut the newest Mazda Raceway pace car: a 2016 MX-5 Cup racer!

This particular MX-5 is actually the very first 2016 cup car built so its only fitting that it will lead the pack during the festivities this weekend.  It should be awesome to watch the new MX-5 on track pacing a full grid of pristine vintage race cars!  Hopefully Mazda will give the fans what they want and rip off a few laps at speed in the new car as well!  Click the thumbnail below for a larger picture of the new MX-5 pace car and for more info the official press release is below as well.

2016 Mazda MX-5 Pace Car

Press Release:

Mazda Raceway Is Ready to Pace The Future

First Production 2016 MX-5 Cup Race Car Becomes Newest Pace Car

MONTEREY, Calif. (August 13, 2015) – Mazda Motorsports used the annual car-fest known as the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to roll out the first production 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car.  This particular vehicle is guaranteed to lead races as it will be the newest pace car in the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca fleet of Mazda safety vehicles.

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup race car follows a 26-year history of the MX-5 Miata in motorsports.   The first race cars to be sold to customers will be used in the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup, known in the U.S. as the Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup.  With the 2016 racing season still many months away, placing the first production race car into pace car duty allows Mazda to gather additional durability data while showcasing it in front of one of the most influential motorsports crowds of the year.

“For Mazda, this weekend is the perfect blend of past, present, and future,” noted John Doonan, director of motorsports for Mazda North American Operations.  “We are celebrating our motorsports heritage on the track with our vintage race cars.  We are showcasing our current line-up of race-inspired products in our consumer display in the paddock, and with this pace car, we are giving a glimpse into the 2016 racing season when the latest MX-5 Miata will be racing in the Global MX-5 Cup.”

The graphics design was completed at the Mazda Design studio in Irvine, California, and applied by StickyFingers Design.

The 2015 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca racing season will conclude on September 11-13 with the Mazda Road to Indy, and Pirelli World Challenge finales.

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