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Mazda MX-5 Cup Set to Take on CTMP
Posted by: newsla on Jul 18, 2013 - 04:38 PM
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Mazda MX-5 Cup Set to Take on CTMP


Timing/Scoring: Live Timing & Scoring and lap notes via the SCCA® Pit Board are available for all sessions through www.mx-5cup.com.

 

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Canadian Pride

James Vance, of Toronto, and Charles Paquin, of Ottawa, will carry the Canadian banner in the only SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup event taking place north of the border in 2013. The series has strong ties to Canada, as it has staged an event in the country at least once a year since its inception in 2006, save two seasons. Regardless of that history, a Canadian driver has yet to win a race in the series. This could be the perfect situation for either of these two drivers as they look to notch their first career win, becoming not only the first Canadian in the series to win in their own country, but the first Canadian to win any race in the Mazda MX-5 Cup.

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With half the season in the books, the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship is still up for grabs as the series continues to the only Canadian stop on the schedule at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. This weekend’s race will mark the fifth trip to CTMP for the series, but will be the first doubleheader staged at the track.

Elliott Skeer, of Carlsbad, Calif., holds onto a four-point lead heading into Rounds Seven and Eight of the championship. Driving the No. 17 Pelican Replacement Windows/ZoomZoomNation.com/ Alpinestars MX-5, he looks to put some points between himself and Christian Szymczak, sitting in second.

Skeer will lead the charge for the CJ Wilson Racing team that will bring two other competitors to the track. Charles Paquin, of Ottawa, will have the Canadian crowd behind him in his home race, as he will try to capture his first career win in the No. 27 Construct Corp/Trackpro MX-5.

Meanwhile, his teammate Patrick Gallagher, of Thornville, Ohio, is still squarely in the championship fight, sitting fourth. Following a fourth-place finish in Round Five at Mid-Ohio and a sixth-place in a wet Round Six, Gallagher (No. 28 MAZDASPEED/Howard Concrete Pumping/CTL Engineering MX-5) will use all possible momentum to bring home a strong finish.

However, CJ Wilson Racing will be short one driver. Emilee Tominovich, of Clarksville, Md., was scheduled to drive the No. 19 TrueCar/Shepherd Electric Supply/Jacobs Company MX-5, but will be unable to compete due to a right hand injury she sustained while in a race at Watkins Glen International earlier this month. If not for the injury, she would have been one of three Canadian drivers making the start, as she is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

Szymczak, of Palos Verdes, Calif., sits just four points out of first. The driver of the No. 34 ALARA Racing MX-5 has been perfect in qualifying this season, starting from the pole six times. If he can keep that streak alive, Szymczak will be in a good position to valuable championship points.

Szymczak headlines an ALARA racing contingent of seven drivers ready to take to the historic CTMP course. Team principal Ara Malkhassian (No. 11 ALARA Garage/ALARA Racing MX-5), of Houston, sits fifth on the championship leaderboard after six races.

Brothers Jeff Mosing, of Austin, Texas, and Brent Mosing, of Lafayette, La., will also be driving for ALARA Racing. This will be the only the second Mazda MX-5 Cup race of 2013 for Jeff, in the No. 9 ALARA Racing MX-5. In his second full season, Brent will look to top his career-high finish of sixth in the No. 10 Twister Trailers/ALARA Racing MX-5.

Last year’s Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge Champion Bryan Hixon, of San Antonio, will look to make up for two frustrating Mid-Ohio races following a testing crash that caused damage to the back of the No. 12 MAZDASPEED/BFGoodrich/ALARA Racing MX-5. Rookie Randall Posejpal (No. 13 ALARA Racing MX-5), of Houston, and Harrison Williams (No. 00 Raymond James Albrecht/ALARA Racing MX-5), of Houston, complete the ALARA Racing lineup.

There may be no one more excited to be making the trip to CTMP than Dean, of Sebring, Fla. As the defending race winner, Dean (No. 16 Projections Research/Sick Sideways MX-5) is looking to replicate his performance from last year, and then multiply that by two. His Sick Sideways teammate Nathanial Sparks, of Spanish Fort, Ala., may also prove to be a factor in the championship picture. Sitting sixth in the standings, Sparks (No. 8 OOTSK PERFORMANCE/Sick Sideways MX-5) can solidify his stake in the championship battle with two good performances.

The second Canadian slated to start at CTMP is rookie James Vance, of Toronto, driving the No. 21 Exposystems MX-5. His Speedcraft Racing Development teammate George Jackson, of Richmond, Texas, scored a podium finish at Mid-Ohio behind the wheel of the No. 20 Pauecon MX-5. Jackson scored the third-place finish in only the second race of his Mazda MX-5 Cup career in some very treacherous conditions.

Another set of brothers, Forrest Landy (No. 41 Excitations.com MX-5) and Sebastian Landy (No. 49 Excitations.com MX-5), both of Great Falls, Va., will also be making their fifth and six starts of the season.

The two single-car teams of Chris Windsor (No. 38 WindsorCustoms.com/Child Print ID MX-5), of Thurmont, Md., and Daniel Bender (No. 18 Bravo Trailers MX-5), of Glencoe, Ill., complete the Mazda MX-5 Cup field.

Kenton Koch, of Glendora, Calif., heads to CTMP with his perfect record for the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge season still intact, scoring six wins in as many events. He leads the championship, with 387 points. Lucas Bize, of New York, is in second, 69 markers behind Koch. Drake Kemper, of Toluca, Calif., sits in third, with 307 points.

This weekend will include one practice session on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, followed by qualifying on Friday afternoon. The seventh round of the 2013 campaign will take the lights on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. (EDT). Round Eight will run Sunday at 5:15 p.m. (EDT).

Follow the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup on Twitter @MAZDAMX5Cup or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/48522898534/?fref=ts.

Event Entry List
#, Driver / Hometown, Sponsors, Car
8, Nathaniel Sparks/Spanish Fort, AL, Bimmerworld/OOTSK PERFORMANCE MX-5
9, Jeff Mosing/Austin, TX, ALARA Racing MX-5
10, Brent Mosing/Lafayette, LA, ALARA Racing/Twister Trailers MX-5
11, Ara Malkhassian/Houston, TX, ALARA Racing/ALARA Garage MX-5
12, Bryan Hixon/San Antonio, TX, MAZDASPEED/ALARA Racing, BFGoodrich MX-5
13, Randall Posejpal/Houston, TX, ALARA Racing MX-5
16, John Dean II/Sebring, FL, Projections Research/PPG MX-5
17, Elliott Skeer/Carlsbad, CA, Pelican Replacement Windows/ZoomZoomNation.com/Alpinestars MX-5
18, Daniel Bender/Glencoe, IL, Bravo Trailers MX-5
20, George Jackson/Richmond, TX, Pauecon MX-5
21, James Vance/Toronto, ON, Exposystems MX-5
28, Patrick Gallagher/Thornville, OH, MAZDASPEED/Howard Concrete/ CTL Engineering MX-5
34, Christian Szymczak/Palos Verdes, CA, ALARA Racing MX-5
38, Chris Windsor/Thurmont, MD, WindsorCustoms.com/Child Print ID MX-5
41, Forrest Landy/Great Falls, VA, Excitations.com MX-5
49, Sebastian Landy/Great Falls, VA, Excitations.com MX-5
00, Harrison Williams/Houston, TX, ALARA Racing/Raymond James Albrecht MX-5

60, Lucas Bize/New York, NY, SBMX-5
63, Kenton Koch/Glendora, CA, Skip Barber Race School SBMX-5
69, Greg Holloway/Melbourne, Australia, GregHolloway.com SBMX-5
90, Fred Chin/Henderson, NV, Atalon Management Group SBMX-5
93, Robby Foley/Randolph, NJ, SBMX-5
95, Russell Muck/Grosse Pointe, MI, SBMX-5
97, David Knight/Ludlow, VT, Jacuzzi SBMX-5
99, Drake Kemper/Toluca, CA, Royal Rugby SBMX-5

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