Purpose: The purpose of the MX-5 Cup is to provide an opportunity to compete in similarly-prepared, low-cost cars with limited modifications. It is the entry level of production car-based competition in SCCA Pro Racing.Event Schedule and Format: The 2014 series will consist of 12 races held on six high-profile race weekends.
Race Length: MX-5 Cup races will be 45 minutes in duration, unless otherwise specified in the pre-race schedule, Supplemental Regulations, or otherwise changed by the Chief Steward during the course of the event weekend.
Starts: Exciting standing starts will be used for all MX-5 Cup races.
Competition Modifications: Unless a particular modification, or part, is approved in either the Pro Racing Rules (PRR), or a Technical Bulletin, the vehicle and all of its relevant parts and assemblies shall be stock for the 2006 – 2014 Mazda MX-5 with the sport package and suspension kit.
Drivers’ Championship Points: SCCA Pro Racing will award Championship points and maintain the point standings to determine a Champion. Drivers must be classified as a finisher to earn championship points and/or prize money. Points will be awarded to finishers based on the following schedule: 1st, 60 pts.; 2nd, 56; 3rd, 53; 4th, 51; 5th, 49; 6th, 47; 7th, 45; 8th, 43; 9th, 41; 10th, 39; 11th, 37; 12th, 35; 13th, 33; 14th, 31; 15th, 29; 16th, 27; 17th, 26; 18th, 25; 19th, 24; 20th, 23; 21st, 22; 22nd, 21; 23rd, 20; 24th, 19; 25th, 18; 26, 17; 27th, 16; 28th, 15; 29th, 14; 30th, 13; 31st, 12; 32nd, 11; 33rd, 10; 34th, 9; 35th, 8; 36th, 7; 37th, 6; 38th, 5; 39th, 4; 40th, 3
In addition to the above points system, during a double race weekend with two qualifying sessions three (3) point will be awarded to the fastest driver in each session. During a double race weekend with one qualifying session, the Pole Winner for Race One will be determined by the fastest lap during the session, and earn three (3) points. The Pole Winner for Race Two will be determined by the second-fastest lap of each driver, with two (2) points awarded to that driver. Also, one (1) point will be awarded to any driver who leads a lap and one (1) point to the driver who leads the most laps during the race. In case of a tie, the driver with the highest finishing position will be awarded the point. Additional bonus championship point schedules may be added or amended during the season.
Ties in the final point standings of any Championship will be decided based upon the number of first place finishes; then if necessary, the number of second place finishes, etc.