Monday January 16, 2022. Daytona Beach, FL – McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) is excited to announce that Sam Paley will be returning to the team for the 2023 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Paley was the pole sitter for this event last season and was poised to win multiple events over the past 2 seasons, so MMR is hoping to make a statement at Daytona and get that first win.
“Sam joining us, for the opening event, adds extra strength to our program,” said team owner Stevan McAleer. “Sam will 100% be a contender to win races and I am very excited to see him back under MMR for the opening event.”
Paley, who started working with MMR in 2020, is also excited to be back with the team. “I am beyond excited to be back with MMR for the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Cup season opener at Daytona,” said Paley. “We have formed an excellent relationship over the years that I look forward to continuing. We were on the pole here last year and finished 2nd in 2021. The goal is to win, and I have full confidence we will have a very quick and competitive package. This is the best event of the year, and I can not wait to get started.”
Paley will drive the No. 28 Red Team Ventures car. The 2023 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires season consists of fourteen rounds, in seven double-header events that begin at Daytona International Speedway the last weekend of January, and end at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta the last weekend of September.
All races will be streamed live on IMSA.tv. Radio Le Mans will provide on-air talent for all presentations with John Hindhaugh and Shea Adam sharing the booth for live streams. This partnership also brings MX-5 Cup to IMSA Radio, RadioLeMans.com and trackside FM frequencies. For more information on the 2023 schedule, visit the series website.
About McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR)
Based in Supply, North Carolina, McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) was formed in 2014 by one of the most competitive driver pairings in North America with racers Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer. Chad McCumbee, whose roots lie in NASCAR and Stevan McAleer, an expert sports car racer, combined to create a multi-car, highly capable, and relentlessly fast team within the Global MX-5 Cup paddock. After earning awards and race wins in only their first year of competition, MMR brought home a championship in just their third year on track in 2017. That year, the team went on to dominate by winning 10 out of 12 races, capturing six poles, and they also earned the Team of the Year award.
Today, MMR continues to serve as one of the top, if not the top, teams in the MX-5 Cup garage and provides a level of professionalism only found at the highest tiers of motorsports. With years of competition, instruction, mechanical, and team owner experience, McCumbee and McAleer know the exact formula for success and utilize this to push MMR to the very top. Having already propelled the careers of Patrick Gallagher, Aurora Straus, and Max Faulkner to success in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), McCumbee McAleer Racing will continue to coach and develop all ranges of talent to the ultimate and most prestigious levels of the sport.
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About About MX-5 Cup
The Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires is the signature spec series for Mazda Motorsports. The MX-5 Cup champion earns a $250,000 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 Flis Performance in Daytona Beach, Florida, where they are transformed into a race car. The process includes disassembly of the production car, welding and paint of a full roll cage and interior, and 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 http://www.mazdamotorsports.com.