Now in its 10th year of providing drivers as young as 13 years old the opportunity to compete in Spec Miata and Spec MX-5, the National Auto Sport Association’s Teen Mazda Challenge is excited to announce the opening of registration for 2023. Registration opens Friday, March 17 for the 2023 season, which concludes its points accumulation mid-October to align with the time frame for consideration for Mazda’s MX-5 Cup Shootout.
The NASA Teen Mazda Challenge is a unique program designed specifically for young drivers coming out of karting, and other youth motorsports. Drivers who are older than 13 and no more than 20 years old by the time of their region’s first race of the season are provided opportunities to help them advance their racing career, such as eligibility for Mazda’s annual MX-5 Cup Shootout, which boasts a grand prize scholarship valued at $110,000 applicable to a season of racing in the professional sports car series the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
“Climbing the motorsports ladder with the hope of becoming a professional driver is no easy task. That was as true 10 years ago, as it is today, and we’re proud to partner with Mazda Motorsports on the Teen Mazda Challenge,” said NASA Teen Mazda Challenge national director Brett Becker. “Teen Mazda Challenge gives young drivers the opportunity to jump into sports car racing at a younger age than any other national racing sanctioning body. Ultimately, their success is as dependent on their performance on track as it is on all of the other engineering, business and marketing activities that accompany professional motorsports, but Teen Mazda Challenge gets them pointed in the right direction. It’s a great program.”
TMC also has a number of other generous programs that provide unique benefits to up-and-coming drivers striving to advance their motorsport career. See the Contingency Programs page for additional details.
Interested drivers can sign up on the NASA Teen Mazda Challenge page on the NASA website.