Sam Paley Returns to MMR for 2022 MX-5 Cup Campaign
 January 4, 2022| 
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Sam Paley, the 2021 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires Rookie of the Year, will again pilot the #28 McCumbee McAleer entry. The Villa Hills, Kentucky native and Indiana University Sophomore will return to MMR for his second run at the MX-5 Cup Championship.  Paley is viewed as one of the country’s bright young racing talents. The former karting champ and open-wheel driver will continue his transformation into sports car racing in the ultra-competitive MX-5 Cup Series.

In 2021, Paley finished fifth overall in the standings with five podiums and one pole. Looking ahead to 2022, he will be well-poised to add his previous success with MMR but knows nothing can be taken for granted. “I had a great Rookie Season in The MX-5 Cup and I hope to build upon that and compete for the top spot in the series in 2022.  MMR is a very professional and dedicated team whose crew gave everything they had to help me obtain the ROY Title last season. I will be facing what I know are a lot of tremendously talented drivers, but I am confident with MMR behind me I can make a serious run at the title in 2022”, said the 19-year-old pilot.

“Sam had the speed and talent to run upfront when he arrived at MMR.  In 2021, driving the #28 he gained experience with the MX-5 Cup Car and matured greatly as a driver.  He should be considered a serious threat to win the title in 2022” said MMR C0-Owner Chad McCumbee.

In what has been described as the “most exciting series in racing,” the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich® Tires returns to the track in late January 2022.

Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich® Tires Schedule:

January 27-30: Daytona International Speedway

February 25-27: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

May 13-15: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

June 23-26: Watkins Glen International

July 1-3: Road America

August 26-28: VIRginia International Raceway

September 28-30: Road Atlanta


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