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Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires

About MX-5 Cup

The Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires is the signature spec series for the Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24), the sports car counterpart to the Mazda Road to Indy (#MRTI). On both paths, Mazda-powered champions earn a Mazda scholarship to advance their career. The MX-5 Cup champion earns a $200,000 scholarship.

The MX-5 Cup race cars start as complete MX-5 road cars from the Mazda Hiroshima, Japan factory before being transported to engineering development partner Long Road Racing in Statesville, North Carolina where they are produced into a race car. The process includes disassembly of the production car, welding and paint of a full roll cage and interior, and assembly of the race car, adding more than 250 motorsports-specific parts. Other components of the car, including the Mazda SKYACTIV 2.0 liter engine are sealed to ensure even competition and a cost-effective platform.

Information on the car is online at


1/2 March 23-4

Circuit of the Americas

3.427-mile road course*


April 6-7

Barber Motorsports Park

2.3-mile road course*

5/6 June 21-22 Road America 4.048-mile road course*
7/8 July 27-28


1.967-mile road course*

9/10  Aug 31- Sept 1

Portland International Raceway

1.967-mile road course*

11/12 September 21

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

2.65—mile road course*

* Doubleheader Rounds


The Mazda Global MX-5 Cup car is a purpose-built race car from 2016 / 2017 Mazda MX-5 known as the “ND” or fourth generation Miata.  All cars are built from white, Club trim level new cars exclusively by Long Road Racing in Statesville, NC, just north of Charlotte.  (  

The car is completely disassembled, tub is cleaned of seam sealer and sound deadening material, and an FIA, SCCA and NASA approved roll cage is TIG welded into the car.  The cage contains complete NASCAR-style door bars on both sides of the car (making it the ultimate HPDE driver / instructor car) and is tied together across the firewall through the interior of the dash leaving a neat appearing and fully functional dash.  After roll cage completion, the cage and tub of the car are painted with automotive single stage grey paint and baked to a hard finish in an auto paint booth.  Custom colors are available at an additional cost. 

After cage installation and paint, the car is assembled with over 250 race car-specific parts.  The parts added to the car provide handling, endurance, safety and power enhancement specifically designed for the car after hundreds of hours and thousands of miles of both on-track and lab testing by automotive mechanical engineers and professional race car drivers.  Component sealing and authentication tracking is done for parity in the various racing series in which the car competes.

The complete list of parts added to the race car can be found in the Global MX-5 Cup car Homologation Document (included on a USB stick with the car) - the highlights are listed below. 


  • Sealed SKYACTIV-G 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Sealed race specification ECU by GEMS
  • Stainless Steel race exhaust header and full exhaust system with muffler designed and manufactured by Kooks Racing Headers
  • Setrab engine oil cooler with race quality oil lines and fittings
  • Castrol Edge engine oil
  • Oversized C&R radiator
  • Coolant (non-glycol based)
  • Radiator protection screen
  • Long Road Racing engineered and manufactured cross brace upper strut bar


  • Sealed six-speed manual motorsports transmission with pump and Setrab cooler
  • Sealed limited-slip  differential with pump, Setrab cooler and thermal controller
  • Transmission and differential Castrol Syntrax fluids


  • Long Road Racing engineered front adjustable stabilizer bar
  • Adjustable front and rear sway bar links
  • Dynamic DSSV 2 way adjustable dampers 
  • Coil over race springs and helper springs
  • Torrington bearing spring perches
  • BFGoodrich(r) g-Force™ 215/610 - 17 slick tires
  • Rays Wheels lightweight forged aluminum 17” x 7.5” racing wheels  
  • MSI wheel studs and lug nuts


  • Stock Brembo 4 piston front calipers
  • Pagid brake pads 
  • Goodridge shielded flexible brake lines
  • Grooved rotors by Brembo
  • Castrol SRF brake fluid
  • Long Road Racing engineered and manufactured brake cooling ducts and hoses (fog light mounted)


  • FIA, SCCA, IMSA and NASA approved roll cageCenter mounted electronic control cluster

  • Cage specifications:  Laser cut and pre bent roll bars Most 6’4” (193 cm) tall driver capability; Long Road Racing designed symmetric roll cage design for left and right hand drive cars; Full NASCAR style door bars for both sides with finished and painted door cutouts; Grey automotive painted cage and interior for easy touch up; (Optional) interior and colors available for a additional charge

  • AiM MXL2 Data system(Optional) AiM Smarty Cam additional charge

  • Max Papis Innovations (MPI) race steering wheel, custom design includes Mazda logo

  • NRG quick release steering wheel hub

  • Panoramic rear view mirror

  • FIA approved racing harness

  • Left and right window nets

  • Lifeline Electronic FIA approved fire system

  • Fused electric circuits for additional equipment

  • Solenoid controlled main power cutoff switchesRear bulk head enclosure at base of the windshield and center console.


  • Artic White factory paint

  • Safecraft non-marring tow hooks

  • AMB Transponder with one year subscription

  • Battery Tender Lithium Ion battery mounted in the trunk


  • Vehicle homologation document containing all Mazda part numbers

  • Users Guide containing maintenance schedule and procedures

  • Bill of sale (no title)

BFGoodrich Tires


Per race, for both driver and team championships. One bonus point is awarded for pole position, most laps led and fastest race lap. Single car teams will be awarded three bonus points in the team championship to help with the equality to multiple car teams. Only the two best results will count in the team championship for teams fielding more than two entries.

Pos Points   Pos Points   Pos Points
1 30   10 11   19 2
2 25   11 10   20 1
3 22   12 9      
4 19   13 8      
5 17   14 7      
6 15   15 6      
7 14   16 5      
8 13   17 4      
9 12   18 3      





Battery Tender Global MX-5 CHAMPIONS



Patrick Gallagher

Nathan Sparks

2015 John Dean II

2014 Kenton Koch

 2013 Christian Szymczak  
 2012 Stevan McAleer  
 2011 Mike Cooper  
 2010 Brad Rampelberg  
 2009 Todd Lamb  
 2008 Eric Foss  
 2007 Jason Saini  

Jim Daniels