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Open wheel racing has been a part of American motorsports landscape almost as long as gasoline engines have been mated to a chassis and four wheels. At the highest level, open wheel racing represents the ultimate marriage of man and machine in a competition of the human spirit.

As a car company that builds every car with the soul of a sports car, Mazda and motorsports have been synonymous since the beginning. The Star Mazda Championship Presented By Goodyear is just one of the many and diverse motorsports activities that Mazda is proud to be involved with. It's a natural extension of a company that is made up of individuals with a passion for engineering excellence. From Le Mans-winning four-rotor technology to the four-cylinder piston engine that powered the first import-branded front wheel drive to run the quarter-mile in seven seconds, Mazda's motorsports achievements are continuing to be written today.


Since 1991, the Star Mazda Championship has grown to be a vital link for aspiring drivers from the amateur level to the pro ranks. With cutting edge technology and world class competition in a reachable package, the Star Mazda series offers a platform from which drivers can hone their skills and springboard from. As a spec-series, all Star Mazda Championship drivers compete in a one-specification carbon fiber monocoque Pro Formula Mazda chassis - leaving driver skill as the deciding factor in finishing order. For all its impressive technology, perhaps the most impressive is the 238 HP Mazda Renesis rotary engine that powers the 1,090 lb. racecar - the same exact rotary engine you'll find in any Mazda RX-8 on the street today. To ensure the nature of the one-spec formula, the motors are all built by one engine builder - with each certified to produce the prescribed power and sealed to discourage tampering.

The Star Mazda Championship is one of the most successful developmental series today, with starting grids of over 40 international competitors common and fierce competition standard. The Star Mazda Championship is comprised of twelve televised races across North America. Once again, six of the races will be hosted by the American Le Mans Series and include stops at famed circuits such as Sebring International Raceway, Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio Sports Course, and Mosport. In addition to its supporting role to American Le Mans Series and select Grand American events in 2008, the series will be the featured event at stops in Portland and New Jersey. The season wraps up in a October grand finale, fittingly, at one of the premier road racing circuits in the nation, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

While the success of the series continues to grow, the success of drivers who have already graduated from the series can already be found. Former series champions and competitors can be found racing in most of the world's premier professional racing series today - including Formula One, the American Le Mans Series, the INDY Car Series, the SCCA SPEED World Challenge, and the Grand American Rolex Series.

In addition to the Star Mazda Championship Presented By Goodyear, aspiring drivers can also get started racing at a club or regional level in the original Star Formula Mazda racecar, which also features two-rotor power in a more inexpensive package, or the close-fendered Mazda Sports Racer for those seeking a sports car experience. No matter if its racing in Star Mazda, Atlantic Championship, SPEED World Challenge, Grand Am Cup, ALMS, Mazda MX-5 Cup, or SCCA Club Racing though, Mazda's involvement in all these series are part of the reason why there are more Mazdas racing in America, on any given weekend, than any other brand of vehicle.