Mazda Road To 24 Shootout Finalists Set

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IRVINE, Calif. – Mazda has confirmed the eight finalists for the 11th annual Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.

This post-season shootout will award a $100,000 Mazda Motorsports scholarship to compete in the Battery Tender Mazda Global MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires. The Shootout will take place Nov. 15-16 at the NOLA Motorsports Park, in Avondale, La.

Winning a club racing championship with Mazda power is the primary entry channel into the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. Two dozen racers were eligible for the shootout based upon success with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Teen Mazda Challenge, Formula Car Challenge or iRacing. These racers were then invited to submit a written and video proposal from which the finalists were selected.

The 2016 finalists are:

– Michael Carter, Savannah, Ga. – At-Large Nominee – SCCA Spec Miata

– Matt Cresci, Los Gatos, Calif. – At-Large Nominee – NASA Spec Miata

– Julian Garfield, Mount Airy, Md. – At-Large Nominee – SCCA SOLO

– Justin Hille, Ypsilanti, Mich. – SCCA Runoffs Spec Miata Champion

– Tyler Kicera, Mount Gretna, Pa. – NASA East Spec Miata Champion

– Daniel Langon, Alamo, Calif. – Teen Mazda Challenge Western Region Champion

– Matthew Machiko, Wexford, Pa. – SCCA Runoffs Formula Mazda Champion

– TBD – iRacing Global Mazda MX-5 Combine Cup Champion (to be confirmed Nov. 8)

“Mazda continues to be proud to be able to offer this un-matched Mazda Road to 24 opportunity to drivers all across North America,” said John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations. “Each year we say that this is our strongest class ever, and 2016 is no exception.  It’s amazing how tough the competition is and that it gets more competitive every year.  Taking the shootout to a new venue will add to the challenge.  May the best racer win.”