With its 2019 Contingency Awards Program Mazda Motorsports seeks to “to showcase the talented Mazda racers, but it also rewards many racers who finish deeper in the fields,” according to the their announcement released this morning.
“At Mazda, we don’t do things just because they’ve always been done that way,” commented David Cook of Mazda Motorsports. “In 2017, we began paying deeper in the fields – often the top five finishing positions. In 2018, we paid a little deeper overall. And starting in 2019, as we refocus our efforts in road racing and autocross, we will offer contingency awards to Mazda racers in three sanctioning bodies for the first time – all endurance racing focused.”
For those racing an MX-5 Miata in American Endurance Racing (AER), ChampCar, and World Racing League (WRL) Mazda Motorsports has established a parts rewards program as the primary incentive. These ‘parts rewards points’ can be redeemed for Miata competition parts from Mazda Motorsports. While points cannot be combined with cash to purchase a
any particular part, the points value ranges from hundreds to thousands of dollars in value.
The list of Miata competition parts and associated point value will be released later in January. Due to fewer competition parts choices for those Mazda racers who do not compete in a Miata, they will be eligible for the standard “cash” rewards (applied through a rewards card).