Video Blog: iRacing and Mazda Competition

Shaun Cole On June 18, 2015
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Today iRacing announced their on going partnership with Mazda Motorsports with a new competition that will reward drivers with a shot a driving a real race car.  This competition is only open to active iRacing members and will allow the top 10 finishers in this seasons Mazda Cup Season 3.  This will be a 12 week season that finishes in September.

Here are all of the details from the post made in the iRacing forums this morning by Kevin Bobbitt of iRacing:

Mazda Renew Partnership 
Top iRacers to Earn Invites to Mazda Club Racing Shootout 

Mazda Motorsports and are again joining forces in their ongoing efforts to develop promising young racing talent. For the second consecutive year, two of the award-winning online motorsport simulations service’s top competitors will earn invitations to the annual Mazda Club Racing Shootout and a chance to win a scholarship to race in the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup. 

The partnership is a natural given that Mazda Motorsports has more than 9,000 club racers in the United States, most of who race MX-5 Miatas, while many of the more than 60,000 iRacers around the world have raced the virtual Mazda MX-5 Cup car on the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. 

“In 2014, Mazda and iRacing made history with our partnership, bringing together the elite grassroots champions in North America with the top iRacing champions in the world,” says John Doonan, Director of Motorsports for Mazda North American Operations. “The talent displayed on the race track that historic day was a sight to see. We are fortunate to be able to do so again for this coming year’s Mazda shootout. Identifying and retaining the top talent in motorsports is one of our main objectives. Simply, the iRacing platform helps us to accomplish this by identifying the most talented drivers who have built their skillset and knowledge using the best technology in the marketplace. We are thrilled to continue our partnership with iRacing to build upon our Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy.” 

“iRacing is proud to continue partnering with Mazda in providing opportunities for top motorsports talent to progress in the Mazda Sports Car Racing Academy,” says Tony Gardner, President of “Our partnership takes advantage of the unique symmetries between two organizations committed to supporting emerging race drivers on the real and virtual race tracks of the world. iRacers Evan Maillard (France) and Steven Diem (Hawaii) acquitted themselves quite well in last year’s shootout, and Evan has since enjoyed success in the MitJet 2L Series back in France. We’re excited that iRacing champions will be participating in the Mazda shootout again this year, and we’re confident they’ll give the other participants a run for their money in the battle for the 2016 scholarship.” 

The top ten finishers in Season 3 of the iRacing Mazda Cup (June 16 – September 7) will qualify to move on to the second stage of the selection process, where they will be evaluated by a committee chosen by iRacing which will select two finalists to advance to the Mazda shootout later in the fall. The competition is open to all current members who will be age 16 by September 30, 2015. 

Program Details: 

Minimum requirements: 

- Active iRacing member at time of selection 
- Minimum age of 16 on September 30, 2015 
- SCCA racing license or equivalent – or the ability to obtain one 
- Ability to drive a standard transmission 
- Ability to travel to the United States 


Round #1 
Finish in the top ten overall in the iRacing Mazda Cup Series Season 3 (June – September) – these 10 drivers will be considered ‘finalists’. Note that the program is different from last year. Overall winner doesn't automatically go to the Shootout. 

Round #2 
Finalists who wish to be considered for the Mazda shootout must submit the following to by September 18, 2015 
-Video profile – should include a short biography and reasons why you should be selected to participate in the shootout 
-Racing resume including relevant sim racing and real world racing experience 
-Additional requirements/submissions to be finalized before the end of iRacing season 3 

Selection Process: 
-iRacing committee will review Finalists submissions and select up to two (2) winners. 
-Shootout is planned for October. Location and date tbd 

-Invitation to attend the 2015 Mazda Shootout and compete for the grand prize of a scholarship to race in the 2016 Mazda MX5 Cup Series 
-Travel expenses to and from the shootout including; airfare and hotel 

iRacing and Mazda reserve the right to modify this program and requirements at any time.


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