Glenn McGee wins Mazda USA Shootout to Secure 2016 MX-5 Cup Scholarship
Glenn is the first ever winner to have been selected having cut his teeth through online racing simulator, iRacing. In recent years the performance of competitors coming out of iRacing has been impressive but this is the first time an iRacer has been granted the scholarship. Glenn, an iRacing sim champion, had also received instruction from 2015 MX-5 Cup champion, John Dean II in an NC Cup Car.
After his win, a clearly ecstatic Glenn commented, “I don’t believe it! Just competing in the 2015 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout and driving the new Global MX-5 Cup car felt like a dream the whole time, but to come out with the overall victory is surreal and is really over-whelming. To transition so well from the iRacing.com
John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports added, “It is hard to believe it has been ten years already, but – once again – Mazda has provided this very special opportunity for grassroots racers to take the first step into pro racing. This year provided an extra twist as it was the first shoot-out with the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar, so none of the finalists had a chance to test the car in advance. The two days were extremely pressure filled for the candidates, as everyone had to learn the car and the track as rapidly as possible. Adding to the challenge was constant rain. Everyone at Mazda was impressed with the talent and poise of all of the drivers, and the decision by the judges was a difficult one.”
Glenn will be competing, with the support of Mazda USA, in the 2016 Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup in an ND based new model Mazda MX-5 Global Cup Car. The first round of the championship will be held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca over April 29th to May 1st 2016.
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