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Mazda announces Global MX-5 Cup

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This week at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Mazda announced that the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 will be raced in a new Global Cup series in North America, Europe and Asia starting in 2016.

"We're excited to take the elements of success of the existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series, and introduce them to a new global audience," added Masahiro Moro, Managing Executive Officer in charge of Global Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Mazda Motor Corporation. "It has long been our goal to see Mazda fans around the world competing in identical MX-5s, and the launch of the 2016 MX-5 Miata is the perfect time to make this goal a reality."

For the moment, we know that the Global MX-5 Cup series will use identically prepared cars and culminate at the end of 2016 with a Global Shootout at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, to crown the series champion.

Full details of the Global MX-5 Cup, including which countries will be involved and when the races will take place, will be announced as they are confirmed.