Mazda and INDYCAR Announce Extension of Global MX-5 Cup Sanctioning Agreement
 August 22, 2019| 
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IRVINE, Calif. (August 22, 2019) – The field of Global Mazda MX-5 Cup cars will continue to thrill fans of the NTT IndyCar Series as Mazda today announces an extension of its sanctioning agreement with INDYCAR.

As part of that announcement, the Battery Tender® Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich will continue to be operated and promoted by Andersen Promotions, continuing a relationship that began with the 2016 Global MX-5 Cup season. The series will support the NTT IndyCar Series on six weekends throughout the year.

"Everyone at Mazda is thrilled to see the Battery Tender® Global Mazda MX-5 Cup continue on the NTT IndyCar Series race weekends," said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. "It is, in my opinion, some of the best racing in the world, with a fantastic group of racers and team owners who have created careers and businesses based on racing Mazda products. Part of the reason for that is the value for them in competing during the INDYCAR weekends."

The Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series races are streamed live on and available for replay on the Mazda USA YouTube Channel. For the 2019 season, Global MX-5 Cup racers are competing for $375,000 in scholarship and prize money from Mazda.

"Our team at Andersen Promotions is very excited to renew with Mazda and IndyCar for the Battery Tender® Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich," said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. "It's a very exciting series that puts on a great show, with a paddock full of fantastic teams and drivers. We are proud to be a part of it."

The Global MX-5 Cup has two races left on its 2019 calendar - August 30 - September 1 at Portland International Raceway, and September 20-21 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, 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 by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24) program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with Mazda Team Joest. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Follow all of the latest news at, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and Mazda Motorsports on Instagram and Facebook.


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