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The American Road Race of Champions celebrates a quarter century, and includes two special events of interest to Mazda racers

 

The American Road Race of Champions (ARRC) is a longstanding event that, although it takes its name from the original SCCA national championship event, began in the wake of the SCCA Runoffs leaving its longtime home of Road Atlanta in 1994. It became kind of a de facto national championship event for those classes that were Regional only, such as Improved Touring, Club Ford and, at the time, Spec Miata. Nearly a quarter-century later, SCCA Atlanta Region’s ARRC remains one of the biggest racing events in the Southeast, and it’s set to wow crowds once more with the 2018 running on Nov. 2-4.

 

For this year’s 25th edition, there are two special events on tap in addition to the sprint races and enduro. The ARRC will host the finale of the Spec MX-5 Challenge, bringing East and Central championships together, and it will also host the first GT3 Challenge. Thus Mazda Motorsports is stepping up its support of the event.

 

“Our Southeast trackside support program makes its final stop of the 2018 season at the ARRC,” says David Cook, manager, Mazda Motorsports Business Development. “In 2018, Josh Smith, Steve Strickland and myself focused on the Majors and Super Tour events in the Southeast region, but added the ARRC due to its history and significance in club racing. That significance has drawn the Spec MX-5 Challenge to its final weekend, where the East Series clashes with the Central Series, crowning one national Spec MX-5 Challenge series champion who will earn a $100,000 scholarship to compete professionally in a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car.”

 

Jason Connole and Peter Ensor are tied at the top of the East standings, with Manny Martinez just behind in third. Tom Martin III leads the Central Series with Noah Grey and Matt Million trailing.

 

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Supported by Mazda, Max Papis Innovations (MPI), Hoosier Racing Tire and AiM Sports, and open to racers in all makes, the GT3 Challenge aims to boost the number of GT3 competitors across the country. The ARRC will host the first GT3 Challenge race, which will run on Sunday. There, MPI will give steering wheels and stands to the GT3 Challenge podium, Hoosier will raffle off a set of tires, and AiM will give away a Solo 2 DL and SmartyCam.

 

“In addition to Mazda’s race entry subsidies for all makes – not just Mazdas – Mazda has significantly increased the contingency awards for Mazda drivers,” says Cook. “The partners are all contributing in valuable ways, product to be raffled is just one of them. All participants are eligible regardless of make. Our collective organizations are working to build on the already longstanding community in GT3 to regain critical mass in participation, which will lead to some of the most exciting racing in our sport.”

 

For more information about the GT3 Challenge, see https://www.mazdamot...esented-by-mpi/. And read about the GT3 Challenge at the ARRC here: https://www.mazdamot...the-scca-arrc/.

 

The Spec MX-5 Challenge and GT3 Challenge are in addition to the usual stellar racing that the ARRC provides. Spec Miata is especially strong, with nearly 40 entries that include Danny Steyn (2018 SM NASA champion and SCCA STL national champion), Elivan Goulart (2016 Pirelli World Challenge TCA champion), Chris Haldeman (Hoosier Super Tour SM 2018 point’s champion) and Michael Carter (winner of the Spec Miata $30K Challenge). STL has a strong 12-car entry as well, with Steyn bringing his MX-5 and Alan Cross racing his beautifully built RX-8.

 

Qualifying for the championship races will be on Friday, Nov. 2, with the championship races on Saturday. Qualifying and races for Spec MX-5 Challenge and the GT3 Challenge will be on Sunday, with a 90-minute enduro concluding the event.


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Video: What Happens When One Race Decides $100k Winner

 

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The Spec MX-5 Challenge traveled to the ARRC at Road Atlanta for its championship rounds on November 1-4. The championship winner would emerge with a scholarship for $100,000 provided by Yokohama tires, Mazda Motorsports, and Pagid Racing brakes. Going into the weekend, Central Series champ Tom Martin and East Series champ Jason Connole were tied with the most points and Peter Ensor and Noah Grey were only one point back. That meant the two Road Atlanta races would decide the championship. In race 1, Ensor finished first and Martin second, creating a points tie going into the final race, and a substantial gap to Nick Bruni who stood third in the points tally.

 

Ensor qualified second for race 2, with Martin qualifying third, setting up what might have been an epic battle for the win. As we see here in this video from Martin's car, things were far more complex than that. The outside row got a better start, which pushed Martin back into the clutches of a rotating group of drivers who had nothing to lose and a race win to gain. We imagine Martin must have thought "hey guys, I'm trying to win $100k here, take it easy!" Watch how he handles his challengers, sets fast lap and eventually has one shot to pass Ensor:

 

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That’s about as good as it gets. Racing in its purest form and a nice job by everyone in the lead pack. What a shame that the video quality is poor and the sun was getting low in the sky. I wonder how much is was dumbed down and compressed for posting online? It would be hard to make a better promotional video to excite prospective drivers, though it might scare off those who lack confidence and a killer instinct.
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that was a PHENOMENAL race - and a great instruction on how to race Road Atlanta - what to do and what not to do!


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