top of page

2023 Season



Friday, December 23rd, 2022 - McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) is pleased to announce the confirmation of three talented drivers for the 2023 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires (MX-5 Cup) season.

The 2022 Mazda MX-5 Cup Shootout scholarship winner, 18 year-old Nate Cicero of Pound Ridge, New York, was awarded a scholarship valued at $110,000 and has chosen MMR, car number to be confirmed. 23 year-old John Jodoin of Barrington, Illinois, and 19 year-old Matthew Dirks of Johnstown, Colorado both returning to the team, will be behind the wheel of the #39 and #76 cars, respectively. Additional driver announcements will be made in the near future.

Team owner Chad McCumbee said, "Everyone at MMR is thrilled to have both Matthew and John back with the team in 2023. The chemistry these guys had with not only the team, but also their teammates was second to none. I feel that Matthew and John both turned some heads last season and I expect them to pick up right where they left off and be contenders immediately when we get to Daytona!"

Team owner Stevan McAleer added, "We are ecstatic for Nate Cicero to join McCumbee McAleer Racing. I’ve worked with him since the beginning and he is certainly a huge talent that has come through my Karting program. He will without a doubt be a Championship contender come January, and if you put our returning team members Matthew Dirks and John Jodoin with him, there should be lots of podiums and wins in 2023 for this trio!"

"I am super excited to be racing with MMR for the 2023 MX-5 Cup season,” said Cicero. “I’ve seen how hard everyone on the team works to provide the best equipment, so I know I have a great team behind me to go for the championship! After an amazing first test, Daytona can’t come soon enough. I would like to thank Mazda Motorsports for their support in providing the scholarship that made this possible." he finalized.

John Jodoin added, "I’m so excited to be back racing with MMR in the Mazda Mx5 Cup series for the 2023 season! I showed great pace in my first full season, most notably a top 5 finish at Watkins Glen and qualifying 4th at Road America. With the great coaching and knowledge from MMR, along with my development as a driver, I look forward to seeing what is to come in 2023! Thanks to Race Caddy and LSC Development for their continued support."

“I am looking forward to another energetic season of Mazda MX5 Cup racing!," said Matthew Dirks. "In addition to having a slightly different driver lineup running with our awesome team, McCumbee McAleer Racing, one of our teammates is a Mazda Shootout scholarship winner. It will be very interesting to see what my teammates and I have in store for our competitors. Let’s do some racing!”

All 14 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires races will be streamed live on Radio Le Mans will provide on-air talent for all presentations with John Hindhaugh and Shea Adam sharing the booth for live streams. This partnership also brings MX-5 Cup to IMSA Radio, and trackside FM frequencies.

The 2023 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BF Goodrich will kick off on January 25-27 at the 12-turn, 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway Road Course. For more information on the season opener schedule, please visit the MX-5 Cup website.



Friday January 13th, 2022.- McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) with AEROSPORT, announced today that they will be competing in the 2023 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport with drivers Chad McCumbee and Jenson Altzman in the No. 13 Ford Mustang GT4 sponsored by Vervantis, a Global Energy Services company. MMR with AEROSPORT aims to put the Vervantis Ford in the spotlight at Daytona and looks forward to a bright future in the series. MMR will also be strengthening its relationship with Ford and Multimatic, with the Mustang platform proving to be a success in the past.

Based in Supply, North Carolina, McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) was formed in 2014 by Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer. McCumbee, whose roots lie in NASCAR and Stevan McAleer, an expert sports car racer, combined to create a multi-car, highly capable, and relentlessly fast team within the Global MX-5 Cup paddock. This announcement reaffirms the success MMR has had in the last years and will begin a new chapter for the team as they now expand to IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.


Chad McCumbee, McCumbee McAleer Racing Team Owner / Driver, No. 13 Vervantis Ford Mustang GT4: “Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to be associated with simply amazing people. Jenson, and his partners are certainly part of that group. It goes without saying that Stevan and I are ecstatic to start a GT4 program with AEROSPORT, especially since it will be Jenson’s Michelin Pilot Challenge debut. Showcasing the Vervantis Ford at Daytona is just the beginning and I look forward to the building process of this team and strengthening our relationship with Ford and Multimatic. The Mustang platform they have developed has proven success and I hope MMR with AEROSPORT can continue to contribute to that this season.”


Due to prior commitments, McCumbee will fill the seat of the No. 13 Vervantis Ford Mustang GT4 for all except two events in the 2023 IMPC schedule. The team is still looking for a driver to fill those rounds, and will make proper announcements at a later date. McCumbee, will be closely involved in the development and evaluation process throughout the season.


Stevan McAleer, McCumbee McAleer Racing Team Owner: “Chad and myself have been talking about this for years and we are extremely excited to showcase the Vervantis Ford Mustang. To see one of our MX-5 Cup drivers, Jenson Altzman, come through our program and continue on to GT4 and making his debut at Daytona under my Team is what it’s all about. I couldn’t be more thrilled especially when he is joining my partner Chad during the race. Funnily enough, I will compete against them with another team as my season is set in GT4, but Chad and I are best friends and he was my best man at my wedding in November so I have to be extremely careful around him on track, LOL. The Altzman clan is family, so I look to help Jenson every way possible in this new platform for him. Good times ahead!” 


AEROSPORT, is led by Allison Altzman, who has made a successful career in the racing industry. AEROSPORT’s mission is to be a mentor and resource for other women to find employment in motorsports, either as engineer, driver, public relations, marketing, mechanic, etcetera.


Allison Altzman, AEROSPORT CEO: “I grew up at the race track as both of my parents competed locally with SCCA and my uncle, Elliot Forbes Robinson, went Pro. After college, I realized the corporate financial world wasn’t a good fit and shifted straight into a career in Motorsports. My mom was my first strong female role model, racing against the men in the 60’s & 70’s. She never made a big deal over gender, just always made me believe I could do anything. During my 30+ year career in this industry, I’ve had amazing experiences and the opportunity to work alongside smart, strong, inspiring people. Owning a car and partnering with MMR on this race program is a natural progression. I look forward to mentoring other women who come into the sport and kicking off this exciting endeavor in Daytona.”


Jenson Altzman, from Phoenix Arizona, started in go karts in 2015 and had Multiple national wins and Championships. He was a 2020 Mazda Factory Club Racing Scholarship nominee. Jumped from karts to cars in 2021, when he joined MMR. He finished 10th in the 2021 MX-5 Cup Championship, and 9th in 2022.


Jenson Altzman, Driver, No. 13 Vervantis Ford Mustang GT4: “I’m very excited to be back with McCumbee McAleer Racing and continue my career in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge this season! 2023 will be my junior year racing cars, and to be a part of this new program with MMR stepping into IMPC, is a real honor. Chad and Stevan have built an amazing MX-5 Cup program; the knowledge and insight they both have shared with me over the past two seasons feels like a lifetime of experience. IMPC was the clear next step, and has been a big goal for both myself and the team. It really is a fantastic opportunity to be paired with Chad McCumbee for the foreseeable future – trying to stay neutral, but it looks like I might have a favorite Team Owner this season and it's likely not the one I’m competing against! Ready to get to work in just over a week's time at Daytona.


I’m also very proud to continue my relationship with Vervantis as our title Sponsor, and to announce our ‘Greener Racing’ initiative. For the 2023 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, all consumable carbon emissions from the No. 13 MMR Ford Mustang GT4 sponsored by Vervantis will be offset! This has been a long time in the making and I’m excited to be debuting this on a bigger platform with Vervantis this season!”


The addition of Vervantis as title sponsor was instrumental in the development of the team’s ‘Greener Racing’ initiative. Vervantis is a global energy services company, specialized in commercial energy and sustainability. Vervantis will be purchasing Carbon Offsets from all consumables (fuel, tires, oil, and transportation emissions) the team plans to use throughout the 2023 Pilot Challenge Season with the goal of being as carbon neutral as possible. The idea is to become a benchmark for other racing teams in the series, as well as other series racing in the USA.


Dan Moat, Vervantis President: “Vervantis is very proud for 2023, to be sponsoring MMR with AEROSPORT and Jenson Altzman in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. This is the third year of our association with MMR and Jenson, where they’ve demonstrated an outstanding commitment and passion to racing, something which aligns closely with our company culture. This year we are delighted to expand our partnership beyond the core sponsorship by offsetting the carbon emissions associated with all the racing consumables for the #13 Ford Mustang GT4 (tires, fuel, oils, transport and team apparel) through the use of Verified Carbon Offsets. As an energy, sustainability and utility bill management company, we felt it was important to bring our expertise in carbon reduction to the team to make the racing experience a little greener which aligns with our mission to be a leader in sustainable solutions.”


The IMSA Pilot Challenge Schedule for the 2023 Season presents a packed calendar with ten rounds, starting with the Roar Before the 24 from January 20-22nd at Daytona international Speedway, ending with the Fox Factory 120, October 11-13th at Road Atlanta. Peacock will present live coverage of all IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Events. For more information on the 2023 IMSA Pilot Challenge schedule, click here.



Monday January 16, 2022. Daytona Beach, FL - McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) is excited to announce that Sam Paley will be returning to the team for the 2023 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Paley was the pole sitter for this event last season and was poised to win multiple events over the past 2 seasons, so MMR is hoping to make a statement at Daytona and get that first win.


"Sam joining us, for the opening event, adds extra strength to our program," said team owner Stevan McAleer. "Sam will 100% be a contender to win races and I am very excited to see him back under MMR for the opening event."

Paley, who started working with MMR in 2020, is also excited to be back with the team. "I am beyond excited to be back with MMR for the 2023 Mazda MX-5 Cup season opener at Daytona," said Paley. "We have formed an excellent relationship over the years that I look forward to continuing. We were on the pole here last year and finished 2nd in 2021. The goal is to win, and I have full confidence we will have a very quick and competitive package. This is the best event of the year, and I can not wait to get started."

Paley will drive the No. 28 Red Team Ventures car. The 2023 Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich® Tires season consists of fourteen rounds, in seven double-header events that begin at Daytona International Speedway the last weekend of January, and end at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta the last weekend of September.

All races will be streamed live on Radio Le Mans will provide on-air talent for all presentations with John Hindhaugh and Shea Adam sharing the booth for live streams. This partnership also brings MX-5 Cup to IMSA Radio, and trackside FM frequencies. For more information on the 2023 schedule, visit the series website.

Joey Hand


Supply, North Carolina. May 24th, 2023 - McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) with AEROSPORT is thrilled to announce that renowned Ford factory driver Joey Hand will be joining forces with Jenson Altzman as the co-pilot of the No. 13 Ford Mustang GT4 sponsored by Vervantis for the upcoming Detroit Grand Prix. Hand will step in for Chad McCumbee, who unfortunately faced scheduling conflicts in the 2023 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport calendar.

With an impressive racing career spanning several years, Joey Hand, the 43-year-old veteran from Sacramento, California, has established himself as a force to be reckoned with on the track. In 2022, Hand embarked on a limited NASCAR season with Rick Ware Racing, showcasing his prowess on road courses. Additionally, Hand serves as the test and development driver for the highly anticipated Ford Mustang GT3, with testing having started earlier this year. In his remarkable career, Hand has secured 18 top-level series race wins in IMSA since 2004, including a victory last season in the Michelin Pilot Challenge in the No. 40 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4.

Hand's most recent notable achievements include his participation in the renowned Ford GT program from 2016 to 2019 in the WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans class. Notably, he contributed to Ford's remarkable 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in 2016, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the manufacturer's historic triumph over Ferrari in the French endurance classic. Hand was part of the winning driver lineup in five races, including the prestigious 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona, before the program concluded. His wealth of experience and accomplishments make him an invaluable addition to the team and a natural choice as the development driver for the upcoming Mustang GT3.


Expressing his regret at missing the Detroit Grand Prix, Chad McCumbee, McCumbee McAleer Racing Team Owner/Driver of the No. 13 Vervantis Ford Mustang GT4, stated, "I am certainly bummed to be missing Detroit as it's a brand new street race in the Motor City. But relieved to have Ford's support and an amazing replacement in Joey! He will bring so much experience both to Jenson and our young team."


“I’m super excited to get back into a GT4 Ford Mustang,” said Joey Hand. “It's cool to come to a new venue, it might give us a little bit of an advantage, as everyone has to learn the track the same. I have subbed in for Chad before and it went pretty well. I know a lot of the crew members on the team, so we will be getting up to speed really quickly. I am thankful for Chad and Ford Performance for giving me the call to come and drive. It is always great to strap into a Ford mustang GT4 and go racing!” Hand finalized.

Jenson Altzman, the driver of the No. 13 Vervantis Ford Mustang GT4, shared his excitement, saying, "Awesome to hear that Joey will be filling in for Chad at the upcoming race in Detroit. Looking forward to keeping the momentum going and continuing to learn as a group. The track looks to be an absolute blast, and it will be pretty special to be racing in Ford's backyard!"

The next event on the IMSA Pilot Challenge Schedule for 2023 is the Detroit Grand Prix, taking place on June 2-3. Peacock will provide live coverage of all IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events. For more information on the Detroit Grand Prix, click here.

bottom of page