Supply, North Carolina (11 October 2017) – With an incredible season in the rear view mirror, McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) heads back to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the second annual 2017 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge (formerly the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Invitational). Piloting MMR’s pole, race, and championship winning Miata’s this weekend will be the 2017 champion, Patrick Gallagher, Rookie of the Year victor, Robert Stout, 2017 Indy Lights champ, Kyle Kaiser, and Bart Wubben, Europe’s sole entry for the event. With the anticipation high and plenty of notes already accrued from the final rounds held just weeks ago, MMR team owners Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer know the first place $75,000 prize is not far from reach. “The upcoming Global Challenge event will surely be a heck of a show,” said McCumbee. “The talent entered and particularly what MMR is bringing in as a driver lineup, is second to none. I want to thank Mazda and the whole Global MX-5 Cup Series for putting on this event and giving the competitors a chance to race for the $75,000. Hopefully we can put our MMR/ModSpace team in victory lane yet again this season!”
“This is going to be a quite a show this week,” said McAleer. “The entry list is packed with multiple champions, multiple past champions and this year’s dominant 2017 champion. My MMR team has an amazing lineup with Patrick Gallagher (2017 Champion), Robert Stout (2017 multi-race and Rookie of the Year winner), Kyle Kaiser (2017 Indy Lights Champion), and Bart Wubben (Europe’s sole entry to this event and front running Spec Miata diver) so we look to have all of them in the mix for the Challenge crown.”
Most responsible for the team’s success throughout the regular season and competing in this year’s MX-5 Cup Challenge are winners Patrick Gallagher and Robert Stout. “I am really excited to get back out to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge,” said Gallagher. “We left off with a good weekend there in the regular season and I’m ready to try and get Howard Concrete Pumping, ModSpace, MMR, and a new partner for this weekend, CJ Wilson Mazda, up to the front of the field.”
“It’s such a great opportunity that Mazda is giving us MX-5 Cup racers to go out to Mazda’s home track and race for $75,000,” Gallagher continued. “They have stepped up the support for grassroots racing like no other company out there.”
Reflecting this enthusiasm (and rightly so), is Gallagher’s teammate Stout. “This should be an exciting race to say the least,” Stout exclaimed. “Despite claiming Rookie of the Year and a top-three spot in overall points at Laguna Seca last month, I didn’t quite have the weekend I wanted. We have a new shock setup on the car and will have to get to work on the tuning. I’m just looking forward to a weekend of pure battling with big money on the line against the best in the business! The name ‘World Champion’ doesn’t sound all bad!”
New to the team, but far from unfamiliar with racing Mazdas, are MX-5 Cup Challenge competitors Kyle Kaiser and Bart Wubben. Kaiser, who is expected to make his Indy 500 debut next year, is coming off an incredible championship-winning season in the open wheel Indy Lights series. Familiar with the highest level of Mazda competition, Kaiser is ready for the road ahead. “I’m excited for my first Global MX-5 Cup race weekend,” expressed Kaiser. “This will be my first time driving this car, but I’m confident we’ll be strong considering we’re running with a great team and I’m very familiar with Mazda Raceway. I’m looking forward to getting out on the track and starting to learn the car. I know this will be a highly competitive field of drivers, but I’m always up for a challenge!”
Front running European Spec Miata driver, Bart Wubben, doesn’t have the experience of his teammates this weekend, but he knows his secret weapon lies with the MMR Miata. “One of my goals for this coming week would be to learn and adapt to a new car and a new track as fast as possible,” said Wubben. “I never drove the track nor the car but lucky for me, Mazda put me in the strongest team out there and I’m sure they will give me the right tools to race with the best out there.”
The two Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 12:40PM and 5:00PM PST. Live streaming will hosted by the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires series online.