The Mazda MX-5 Cup is the world’s most popular roadster, hands down. Offering a compact, sporty ride, most people don’t want to leave the driver’s seat of the Miata. That makes the Mazda MX-5 Cup a draw for fans around the world, showcasing the MX-5’s performance with a series of races with some of the most skilled drivers around.
Over 40 of the new 2016 MX-5 models were delivered and put straight on the Mazda Raceway for the iconic Cup, according to the Mazda Newsroom. Presented by BF Goodrich Tires, the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup featured a rush of cars driven by young drivers, one of whom walked away with the $200,000 grand prize.
“This MX-5 Cup race weekend represents almost two years of hard work by hundreds of people,” said John Doona, director of motorsports for Mazda North America. “Having great partners like Battery Tender, BFGoodrich Tires, Long Road Racing and the many engineers within Mazda, both here and Japan, makes this a very special weekend.”
This racing event featured only the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5, each of which was designed to be as identical as possible. That means it came down to almost pure skill behind the wheel, making it an incredibly exciting competition.