The 2013 Mazda Club Racer Shootout

-- Three Canadians amongst 18 racers chasing a $75,000 prize, the biggest in 
all of club racing -- 
RICHMOND HILL, ON, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - In 2013, three Canadian class 
champions emerged from the five grassroots racing series supported with 
contingency programs by Mazda Canada. Cal Vandaalen (Toyo Tires Spec Miata 
Championship), Cherie Storms (SCCBC B-Spec) and Andrei Kisel (SCCBC Spec 
Miata) earned eligibility for the Mazda Club Racer Shootout by virtue of their 
respective Canadian class championships in 2013. 
The Mazda Club Racer Shootout is the single largest prize in club racing. 
Since 2007 Mazda has annually promoted one talented club racer to the 
professional ranks. The $75,000 prize funds a drive in the 2014 Mazda MX-5 
Cup. 
Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager of Public Relations for Mazda Canada, Inc. 
shares: "For 2013, we expanded our support of those racers who choose to 
compete in a Mazda in grassroots racing in Canada to five series across the 
country. We're proud of Cal, Cherie and Andrei for their class championships 
and wish them the very best in the Shootout. We also wish to thank Mazda 
Motorsports for recognizing our Canadian class champions with eligibility for 
this exciting prize." 
The heart and soul of Mazda Motorsports is club racing, and supporting those 
racers who have invested in racing a Mazda. The criteria for the shootout is 
to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills 
required to succeed. These skills include speed, consistency, racecraft, 
technical feedback, and off-track business and PR skills. History has shown 
that a driver will be limited in success if they are lacking in multiple areas. 
John Doonan, Director of Motorsports, notes: "With more club racers than any 
other car company, we wanted to find a suitable way to bridge the gap from 
club racing to the professional ranks. Our shootout has become a signature 
event for Mazda Motorsports. Without exception, every driver who won the 
shootout proved to be competitive in MX-5 Cup, with several developing solid 
professional careers." 
Eighteen racers are semi-finalists, having met the eligibility criteria for 
2013. Each has won a recognized championship over a minimum number of 
competitors. The next step is for the racer to submit a business 
presentation, which will be reviewed and scored by a team of motorsports and 
marketing professionals. From those proposals, the finalists will be 
selected. The final shootout will be a one-day event at Buttonwillow Raceway 
Park in November where the racers will be tested on the track for their 
technical skills. It is a winner-take-all event with one racer moving up to 
the Mazda MX-5 Cup for 2014. 
The 18 semi-finalists are: 
 _____________________________________________________________________
|Racer           |Club/Series                |Class                   |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Ben Albano      |Skip Barber Racing School  |MX-5 Summer Series      |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Joey Bickers    |NASA Teen Challenge        |Spec Miata              |
|                |(California)               |                        |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Jim Drago       |SCCA National Runoffs      |Spec Miata              |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|TJ Fischer      |Worldspeed Formula Car     |Formula Mazda           |
|                |Championship               |                        |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Dennis Holloway |NASA National Championships|PTC                     |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Rob Huffmaster  |SCCA National Runoffs      |STL                     |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Andrei Kisel    |Sports Car Club of British |Spec Miata              |
|                |Columbia                   |                        |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Jason Kohler    |NASA National Championships|PTE                     |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Zachary Munro   |NASA Teen Challenge        |Spec Miata              |
|                |(Colorado)                 |                        |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Adam Poland     |NASA Teen Challenge (Texas)|Spec Miata              |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Scott Rettich   |SCCA National Runoffs      |Formula Enterprise Mazda|
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Matt Schultz    |NASA National Championships|Spec Miata              |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Cherie Storms   |Sports Car Club of British |B-Spec                  |
|                |Columbia                   |                        |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Jon Van Caneghem|NASA National Championships|Super Unlimited         |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Cal Vandaalen   |Toyo Tires Spec Miata      |Spec Miata              |
|                |Championship (Canada)      |                        |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Rob Warkocki    |SCCA National Runoffs      |GT3                     |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Michael Whelden |Worldspeed Formula Car     |Pro Formula Mazda       |
|                |Championship               |                        |
|________________|___________________________|________________________|
|Darryl Wills    |SCCA National Runoffs      |Formula Mazda           |
|________________|___________________________|________________________| 
Additional information about the Mazda Club Racer shootout and Mazda support 
can be found at www.mazdamotorsports.com 
About Mazda, Mazda Motorsports, and MAZDASPEED
Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America among both 
club racers and professionals. Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers 
compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, 
the world's largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda 
Motorsports established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to 
assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to 
include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda's success is strategic 
partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. 
Mazda Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO 
is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts 
and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico 
through nearly 700 dealers.Operations in Mexico are managed 
byMazdaMotor de Mexico in MexicoCity. 
Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com, with press information 
at www.mazdausamedia.com. Racers and fans can follow the action on facebook 
(Mazda Motorsports). 
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 162 dealerships. For 
additional information visit Mazda Canada's media website at 
www.media.mazda.ca. 

SOURCE  Mazda Canada Inc. 
Contact: Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager, Public Relations (905) 
787-7167;slemaitr@mazda.ca 
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