November 5, 2018 –

One lucky racer will earn themselves $50,000 in just 90 minutes of racing as Mazda stages the 2018 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Challenge at Sebring International Raceway next weekend.  A robust and diverse field of racers from around the globe, all utilizing the same Global Mazda MX-5 Cup machine, will take to Sebring for two 45-minute races.

The format is straightforward: the driver with the best combined results from the two races will win $50,000, while the runner-up will score $20,000 and the third-place racer will claim $10,000.

Both races will be streamed live at Mazda USA’s YouTube page (

The 2018 event is the third consecutive post-season event staged by the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich. Two key traditions for the post season event, a big payoff and a strong international field of drivers, will continue once again this year.

While the 3.74-mile Sebring circuit has hosted the Mazda MX-5 Cup series in the past, the 2018 Challenge event marks the first-ever appearance at the track for the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup specification platform that was introduced ahead of the 2016 season. Nearly 200 editions of the identically-prepared machines that are built on the Mazda production line before being race-prepared by Long Road Racing have already been delivered, with a more powerful edition on offer for the 2019 season (

The Challenge event will close out the 2018 Global Mazda MX-5 Cup year of competition, which saw Nikko Reger claim the championship and a $200,000 support package from Mazda. Selin Rollan was the 2018 Rookie of the year, earning $75,000 in support from Mazda with the accomplishment. Both racers will look to add to their incredible record this year with a strong result in the dash for the cash next weekend.