Rollan Takes Second-Straight Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Win
 April 6, 2019| 
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 6, 2019)- Selin Rollan (No. 87 Sick Sideways) claimed his second consecutive Battery Tender®Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires®victory on Saturday, crossing the Barber Motorsports Park finish line with a slim 0.3333-second advantage over Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Copeland Motorsports). 

2019 Mazda Road to 24 Scholarship winner Michael Carter made his first-ever Global Mazda MX-5 Cup podium appearance with his run to third place as the top four finishers were within one second of Rollan at the end of the 45-minute race.

The race saw two different four-car trains do battle from start to finish.

Rollan, Ortiz, Carter and fourth place finisher Luke Oxner fought for the overall lead, while a second battle emerged for fifth. Tyler Gonzalez, Drake Kemper, Robert Stout, Peter Ensor, Robert Noaker and Zach Lee

“He (Ortiz) is one of the best guys in this series and I was scared when I saw him behind me,” said Rollan, who won the second race of the COTA event weekend. "I have to admit that I’m mentally exhausted after that race. It was so intense so I need a rest before the next race!” 

Ortiz had the quickest car on track, turning the fastest lap of the race at a 01:40.1699—a new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup race lap record at Barber Motorsports Park. He was unable to translate his speed into a race win.

“The race went okay, but because I was following Selin the engine was really hot,” Ortiz said. “I had the best handling car out there, I think we could have won it pretty easily because we were so much faster until we were behind somebody. We’ll see what we can do for the next race, and try again.”

Rollan has now taken over the provisional points standings with 80 points to Kemper’s 71. 

Carter (No. 08 Copeland Motorsports) led the first 10 laps of the race, but his efforts to re-take the lead from Rollan ultimately cost him the runner-up spot as well. 

“I made a few mistakes early on, and when Selin passed me, I got a run out of Turn Two and got side-by-side with him and that allowed Bryan to get to our inside and he got by me,” Carter said. “The rest of the race I was just trying to get back into position to move up again, but, it never happened. The car felt pretty good. Toward the end it was loose – which is a good thing, you don’t want it to be pushing - but it was pretty good. Third place and my first podium, it feels pretty good.”

Oxner’s No. 77 White Racing machine spent much of the race on his own between the two battling trains of cars. He brought it home in fourth. 

Behind him, Gonzalez (No. 57 Copeland Motorsports) was fighting tooth and nail with COTA race winner Kemper and Stout for fifth. The 14-year old crossed the line 0.1093-second ahead of Kemper to take the spot and earn the Battery Tender®Hard Charger Award for picking up eight positions in the race.

“I went from 13th to 5th, it was a really good race,” Gonzalez said. “Me and (Drake) Kemper were battling from lap one. Unfortunately, I had a penalty when I got into him and I had to let him by. So then I had to go back and go back and get by him again! I’m glad I was able to come out on top. It was a ton of fun.”

The ND-1 class win once again came down to a fight between Sick Sideways teammates Nathanial Sparks and John Dean II. Sparks started from the ND-1 class pole in the No. 8, but Dean eventually got the better of him in the No. 16 machine and took his third-straight ND-1 class win.  

Hernan Palermo (No. 20 Slipstream Performance) completed the ND1 podium.

It’s a tight turnaround for Global Mazda MX-5 Cup teams, who are already preparing for Race Two at Barber Motorsports Park. The green flag drops at 6:30pm ET with live coverage on

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