Mazda Debuts Four 2016 Global MX-5 Cup Cars at Thunderhill

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In Willows, California, on the historic Thunderhill racetrack, Mazda recently debuted four of its all-new 2016 Global MX-5 Cup cars, in the rigorous 25 Hours of Thunderhill race. Consisting of 33 and one third 45-minute Battery Tender MX-5 Cup races, almost 8,000 total miles was completed among the four cars. John Doonan, Mazda’s motorsports director, noted, “While not as well-known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the NASA 25 Hours at Thunderhill is just as tough on equipment.” He continued to say that, “With over 70 orders for the new car, we wanted a way to further showcase the quality, durability, and reliability of the race car in true Mazda fashion. Our drivers were Mazda employees and dealers. Our pit crew was made up 100% by volunteers, mainly Mazda employees taking vacation time to do this. ‘Driving Matters’ isn’t just a slogan; it’s a way of life for Mazda. Thanks to everyone at Robert Davis Racing, Long Road racing, Mothers, BFGoodrich Tires, and everyone else who helped make this a success. Having Mazda class winners in both E2 and E3 made for an especially great weekend.” The MX-5 Cup cars are intentionally overclassed into the “E0” class, so as not to compete with other Mazda teams. They competed against a mix of BMW and Nissan teams, with the goal of real-world testing of miles and reliability in competition. Much of the action occurred in the pouring rain, thus performance in wet weather was tested. Drivers frequently noted that the wet runs were “fun” and that the car was “magic” on the BFG rain tires. In fact, the MX-5 lapped the other cars in the heaviest rain. To check out the all-new 2016 MX-5 Miata, be sure to visit the friendly team at CardinaleWay Mazda in Corona. And remember that during the Drive For Good event, through January 4th, every test drive earns one hour of local community service from Mazda, and every new Mazda purchased earns $150 donated to the charity of your choice.

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