‘MX-5 drivers took the top five positions in the TCA points, with Elivan Goulart winning the title and Matthew Fassnacht claiming rookie of the year in fourth. Joey Bickers (second), Eric Powell (third), and Jay Salinsky (fifth) were the others.

The Global MX-5 Cup car, though, is not far removed from the NC-based car in lap times, and some of those NCs have been raced professionally for nearly a decade. Consequently, it only made sense for the ND to be eligible for TCA, and at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis in December 2016, the series announced this would be the case.

“Pirelli World Challenge, across the board, is doing a great job growing the series and providing the value that our collective customers appreciate,” says David Cook, Business Development Manager for Mazda Motorsports. “As a result, Mazda is getting more involved with Pirelli World Challenge to better enhance the value for the customer. Adding the ND into TCA is one way we’re doing it.” And while Mazda would like the ND to be the benchmark for the class, Cook stresses that there is no desire to make the NC less competitive or attractive to competitors.

For World Challenge, its long friendship with Mazda made the decision easy. “We’re looking at alignment with the FIA, but, at the same time, responsiveness to the market,” says Greg Gill, President and CEO of Pirelli World Challenge. “For example, there was a tremendous effort to working with Mazda for the ND [in TCA]. That wouldn’t have come as part of an international organization; that came from a friendship with Mazda and a partnership with them to get their cars on the grid.”’

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