Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational
Yesterday marked the final race of the first ever Mazda MX-5 Cup Global Invitational held at Laguna Seca. Nathanial Sparks (a.k.a. Sparky) took home the biggest victory in his racing career so far. In the first race he got the pole and then finished in second place. He then set his eyes on the victory to secure the championship.
About the race Nathanial said, “My team and I looked at the points last night and figured out what needed to be done. The hard part was executing it. I got out there and took an early lead because I knew my only hope was to get Robby (Foley) battling and, hopefully, get him shuffled back because there are so many great drivers here. I kept my head down and I think I ran as best as I could the whole race. But, man… 30 laps at Mazda Raceway is something to be proud of.”
He also talked about the International competition, “It’s exceptionally cool to see an international driver on the podium. Honestly, there’s a lot of (American) guys here that have a lot of experience and laps in these cars and on this track, but for these international racers to hop into a car and show up the way they did showcases their level of talent, and it’s super impressive.”
Masahiro Moro, President and CEO of Mazda North American Operations commented, “Mazda is an international company with a passion for driving, and that passion includes motorsports. We are thrilled to be able to export some of that driving excitement from our established North American motorsports group to Mazda affiliates around the world, and we are already discussing how to make the second annual MX-5 Cup Global Invitational even better.”
Below are the combined points for the top 5 drivers.
1 – Nathanial Sparks – USA – Sick Sideways Racing – 121
2 – John Dean II – USA – Sick Sideways Racing – 109
3 – Robby Foley – USA – Atlanta Motorsports Group – 98
4 – Moritz Kranz – Germany – Copeland Motorsports 98
5 – Yuui Tsutsumi – Japan – Copeland Motorsports 96
Next for “Sparky” are the final two races of the 2016 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series. It will all come down to a double header at Road Atlanta on September 29th with a $200,000 racing scholarship on the line. Nathanial current is the points leader in the series, so he stands a good chance at taking home the top prize.