For the last 6 or so weeks Jason and his team have been getting the #59 Mazda Spec MX into shape. Jason and the car have been picking up speed every session as he becomes more comfortable. The test races over the last few weeks has started to show the potential of the car and Jason. The weekend of July 9th was the SCCA Cat Majors at Road America. It’s also next Spec MX-5 challenge northern and national series race and the next opportunity for Jason to go racing.
It was good to be back at Road America and Jason’s previous experience will help him continue to build confidence. Getting off to a slow start, Jason qualified 10th. Saturdays race started well but a mistake and spin in the kink put him back to 15th on the first lap. He spent the rest of the race catching up and then moving forward to 12th, that said, he showed top 10 speed. He stared the second race on Sunday in 10th, and stayed clean on the start but dropped a few spots. He picked up three spots in the 2nd lap and one more in the third. He then played a bit of catch up chasing down the lead pack with the help of a drafting partner. In the closing laps he moved up, trough some luck and good speed, to 6th place. Those last couple of laps where very busy with Jason having to dodge some misplaced cars. All in all a great weekend of racing.
Up next is a weekend of testing at Road Atlanta in preparation for a race the next Spec MX-5 race at the same track. This will be the 5th new track in this year alone. Jason, the car, and the team are continuing to move forward are the results are starting to come.