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Experience the first-ever Mazda MX‑5 Cup race

The first ever Mazda MX-5 Cup race from the driver's perspective
The first ever Mazda MX-5 Cup race from the driver's perspective
Images source: © Youtube | Marshall Pruett

7:06 AM EST, December 11, 2023

The team owner, who participated in the inaugural Mazda MX-5 Cup series race, unearthed an old recording from that historic event. He shared this treasured piece with the world, further enriching the raw video to 4K resolution.

The Mazda MX-5 is primarily known as a legendary roadster; for some, it's the quintessential machine for leisurely summer drives. For years, it has held the reputation as a model that often symbolizes the first step into the world of motorsport. It's been a popular choice for drifting or time trials, thanks to its lightweight design, balanced weight distribution, and easy customization, the beloved Miata is an excellent vehicle for making the initial transitions onto the race tracks.

Experience has repeatedly shown that races featuring the MX-5 can offer remarkable competition. The Mazda MX-5 Cup series perfectly illustrates this, gaining initial success in the USA and spreading to various parts of the world, including Europe. Have you ever wondered what the premier race of this renowned racing series was like? No need for conjecture anymore - you can now watch it.

Marshall Pruett is a well-known figure in motoring circles. Starting in the 80s as a mechanic and engineer, he became a racing team owner and worked as a journalist and motorsport reporter. Pruett resurfaced his old recording from the debut race of the first season of the Mazda MX-5 Cup, hosted at the iconic Laguna Seca track in California.

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"For the inaugural season of the Mazda MX-5 Cup in 2006, I formed a racing team with my friend Larry Webster. I've recently discovered an old recording that I edited from the season-opening race at Laguna Seca. Larry gave an astonishing performance, and for your enjoyment, I've improved the recording to 4K," Pruett elaborates in the video description.

This video offers a solid 12 minutes of intense racing action. For motorsport enthusiasts and MX-5 fans, this is a must-watch, but even casual automobile lovers will find this recording appealing.

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