Mazda Withdraws From Road To Indy After Long Success

Features, Racing I By Winding Road Staff I August 01, 2018

It is a little difficult to remember a time before the Mazda Road To Indy, even though the successful ladder system only gained Mazda support in 2010. The combination of USF2000, ProMazda, and Indy Lights has been key to the careers of Josef Newgarden, 2017 IndyCar champion, Spencer Pigot and many other young drivers. As the foundation of $2M in support dollars annually, MRTI was another demonstration of Mazda's impressive support of racing in the U.S.

But, the automotive industry is undergoing huge changes, with the transition to EVs and autonomous features and new ownership models, so every OEM is re-thinking what its racing promotional dollars are doing. It isn't hard to imagine that open-wheel racing, with a loose connection to road cars, is tough to justify. Add to that the lack of a Mazda engine in IndyCar and, well, you can imagine the discussions in Orange County and Hiroshima.

Fortunately, Mazda's support for club and entry-level pro sports car racing continues to be strong and looks to be built on a more sustainable business model than it may have had in exotic pro racing. Mazda has a clear explanation of how its sports car racing programs work and is full of passionate people who love the sport.

For more on the impact of Mazda's decision in IndyCar, read Marshall Pruett's article here.

Tags:

The Guide to Road Racing: Winding Road Magazine's ultimate guide to getting your start in racing.

Table of Contents

Related Articles

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Ferrari

Help the Ferrari enthusiast in your family get to know Enzo a little closer with this definitive biography by Luca Dal Monte. “Drawing on years…

November 22, 2023
Track-only Hyper Cars?

What’s your take? This is a beautiful example of what Hyper Car OEMs have to offer. “Tailored specifically for on-track driving, the [Bugatti] Bolide must…

November 22, 2023
BaT Find: Photoshoot with Larry Chen

The collaboration introduces an exclusive photo shoot experience with the highly acclaimed automotive photographer, Larry Chen.

November 13, 2023
Isotta Fraschini Unveils Street-Legal Le Mans Hypercar

Isotta Fraschini has surprised the automotive world by announcing the launch of the Tipo 6 LMH Strada – a street-legal Le Mans Hypercar.

November 13, 2023
Las Vegas GP: A Chilly Surprise in the Desert

Formula 1 seems to have overlooked a crucial element when scheduling the late fall Las Vegas GP – the biting cold of a desert night.

November 13, 2023

EMAIL SIGN UP

Get the latest driving and racing news straight to your inbox.

no thanks

Begin typing your search above and press return to search.