RICHMOND HILL, ON, Feb. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Mazda Canada announced today
that after a successful launch in 2012, it will increase its support
for competitors who race Mazdas across the country by adding three
additional motorsports properties for 2013.
Entering their second year of Mazda's contingency support programs are
the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC), and the Toyo Tires Spec
New for 2013, Mazda Canada is excited to announce the addition of three
new grassroots properties whose Mazda racers will be eligible for cash
contingencies in 2013. Those three properties are:
The VCMC Motorsport Club, which has been a cornerstone of the Vancouver,
British Columbia area autocross scene since 1982 and has become one of
the largest clubs in the region with 280+ members annually.
Sigma Racing Time Attack, which hosts motorsport events at various race
tracks with personal lap timers, professional timing systems with live
leaderboard standings, and Time Attack competitions. Off the track,
SRTA continues driver development with its range of driving simulators
and virtual racing events.
The Sports Car Club of British Columbia (SCCBC), which was founded as a
non-profit society in 1951. It is their mission to promote, encourage
and support motorsport within the Province of British Columbia;
organize competitive motor sport events; foster sportsmanship; and give
mutual guidance and assistance within the membership.
In addition to cash, Canadian racers are also eligible to compete in the
Mazda North American Club Racer Shootout. Bruce McNutt, who won the
Toyo Tires Spec Miata Championship in 2012, was awarded entry into the
2013 Shootout. The 2013 shootout prize will be a full season in the
2014 SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup valued at $75,000 USD.
For 2013, Mazda Canada is paying contingency awards, for those
competitors who are racing eligible Mazda race cars, and who place well
in events organized by these five series. Class structures, schedules
and vehicle eligibility dictate that the contingency prizing has been
customized for each organization.
"Mazda is committed to supporting grassroots motorsports in Canada,"
said Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager of Public Relations, Mazda
Canada. "The expansion of our Canadian contingency program is our way
of thanking and supporting those amateur racers who choose to race
Mazdas, and helping them pursue their passion."
"Our inaugural year was a tremendous success as we added several Mazdas
to our CTCC line-up. We look forward to 2013 and are thrilled by the
continued participation of Mazda Canada Inc." - John Bondar, President,
Canadian Touring Car Championship.
"Spec Miata Championship Drivers Association (SMCDA) is very excited
that Mazda Canada is a part of the 2013 Toyo Tires Spec Miata
Championship. Moving into our second year with Mazda Canada contingency
program is exciting for everyone. Thank you Mazda Canada, on behalf of
all the competitors in the Toyo Tires Miata Championship. - Blu
Vandaalen, President, Toyo Tires Spec Miata Championship.
"VCMC Motorsport Club is extremely excited to be a partner in the Mazda
Contingency Program for autocross. This program gives a clear and
direct statement to drivers in the region that Mazda is serious about
grassroots motorsports. We are grateful for this direct and significant
support that Mazda Canada has contributed to grassroots motorsports and
are confident that this will help grow grassroots motorsports in the
region. Thank you, Mazda!" - Zachary Wong, Vice-President, VCMC
"Mazda cars have always been a big part of Sigma Racing Time Attack
events and have dominated our leaderboard. We are very excited to see
Mazda Canada getting directly involved in grassroots racing. For most
of us, this passion has always been what Mazda is all about." - Peter
Sosinski, Sigma Racing Time Attack.
"The Sports Car Club of British Columbia is looking forward to the 2013
race season, and the excitement that the Mazda Canada contingency
program will bring to motorsport in BC. This program will support our
commitment of growing grassroots motorsports, and continue to raise the
level of competition. We are pleased to see Mazda's continued
involvement in motorsports in Canada, and believe they are a leader in
motorsport development." - Steve Hocaluk, President, SCCBC.
Mazda Canada Inc. is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer
service and parts support of Mazda vehicles in Canada. Headquartered in
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Mazda Canada has a nationwide network of 165
dealerships. For additional information visit Mazda Canada's media
website at www.media.mazda.ca
SOURCE: Mazda Canada Inc.
For further information:
Contact: Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager, Public Relations
(905) 787-7167; firstname.lastname@example.org