Toyo Tires announced it was named as presenting partner and tire supplier for the newly announced Mazda Spec MX-5 Challenge Racing Series.
The company’s Proxes RR DOT competition tire has been selected as the spec tire for racing series. The symmetric 2-groove Proxes RR comes off-the-shelf in race ready condition with a 4/32nds tread depth. It is considered ideal due to its fast lap times, consistency and excellent wear characteristics.
“We are very honored to be a part of the Spec MX-5 Challenge,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We have enjoyed working with the Mazda Motorsports team throughout the development of this exciting new platform and are confident that our Proxes RR two-groove DOT race tire is the ideal choice, delivering fast lap times while providing great value. We look forward to the growth of this new spec series in the coming years.”
“Racers look for reliability, consistency, affordability, and products that make vehicles fun to drive,” commented David Cook, business development manager, Mazda Motorsports. “Toyo’s offering and support best met these pillars, offering racers an unbeatable value. This partnership with Toyo on Spec MX-5 – the generation of Miata that follows Spec Miata – is a big win for the future of the motorsport industry and for Mazda. Simply, this value proposition will help safeguard and grow motorsports participation in the U.S., and allow Mazda to continue being the market leader in club racing in terms of more racers competing in a Mazda than any other car manufacturer.”
The Spec MX-5 Challenge presented by Toyo Tires will have a series of marquee events run in coordination with both NASA and SCCA. The preliminary 2020 racing schedule and event structure will lead to both regional and overall championships. Other opportunities to compete in the Spec MX-5 Challenge include series such as the World Racing League – GP3; ChampCar Endurance Series – EC; and American Endurance Racing. And the spec tire delivering the best combination of race-proven performance and value – the 235/40ZR17 Toyo Proxes RR.