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15 NASA Racers Selected as Semi-Finalists for 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

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15 NASA Racers Selected as Semi-Finalists for 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout


Napa Valley, CA – (October 15, 2015) – National Auto Sport Association (NASA) drivers dominate the field of racers selected to compete in the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. One talented club racer will be promoted to the professional ranks and receive the $100,000 dollar Mazda Scholarship package.  15 NASA Racers represent the majority of the total number of drivers selected for the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout (MRT24).

“These fifteen drivers exemplify the best of what the NASA HPDE ladder system produces,” said Jeremy Croiset, NASA Director of Business Development. “We are pleased to see so many NASA drivers eligible for the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout this year. NASA drivers have done exceptionally well in the shootout winning the competition the last two years in a row. These 15 drivers will be representing eight of our 15 NASA Regions around the country. The Mazda Road to the 24 is a tremendous opportunity for all road racers selected and with over half of the field of 23 drivers being from NASA, chances are high that we’ll see a NASA driver yet again move up the Mazda ladder.”

The 15 NASA semi-finalists are:
NASA PTD West Champion (So-Cal Region)                       Joshua Allan
NASA PTE West Champion (Central)                                   Ben Anderson
NASA Teen Mazda Challenge (Nor-Cal Region)                  Mason Filippi
NASA Spec Miata East & West Champion (Nor-Cal)           Mark Drennen
NASA PTE East Champion (Great Lakes Region)               Jason Kohler
NASA Teen Mazda Challenge (Rocky Mountain Region)    Ethan Loree
NASA Teen Mazda Challenge (Texas Region)                    Deriann Taylor
NASA Super Unlimited Champion (So-Cal Region)             Jon Van Canegham
NASA (Utah Region)                                                            Bruno Carneiro
NASA (Florida Region)                                                         Eric Powell
NASA Race of Champions  (Nor-Cal Region)                      Matthew Powers
NASA Formula Car Challenge (Nor-Cal Region)                   Tazio Ottis

NASA Formula Car Challenge (Nor-Cal Region)                   Hunter Pickett

NASA Formula Car Challenge (Nor-Cal Region)                   Michael Avansino

NASA  (So-Cal Region)                                                        Will Rodgers


The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed.  These skills include speed, consistency, race craft, technical feedback and off-track business, marketing and PR skills.

John Doonan, director of Mazda Motorsports, noted: “Our annual shootout has become a signature event for Mazda Motorsports. This year, faced with dozens of worthy candidates, we worked with our key partners at the NASA, iRacing, SCCA and other industry experts to identify those racers with the greatest potential to succeed on the professional level. This promises to be our best-ever shootout, as none of the eligible racers have raced a fourth-generation MX-5. Only a handful of racers have even tested it. That will quickly change as we have more than 70 deposits from racers ready to compete with us in the 2016 MX-5 cup.”

The Mazda Road to 24 Shootout is the single largest prize in grassroots motorsports. The $100,000 scholarship package supports a drive in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup. For 2016, this will be in the all-new Global MX-5 Cup car, which officially went on sale on October 1.


Additional information about the Mazda Road to 24 shootout, and 2016 MX-5 Cup race car, can be found at Mazda Motorsports will be providing live social updates from the Carolina Motorsports Park event on Twitter at @mazdaracing and with hashtag  #MRT24.


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