Win Mazda’s new iRacing challenge to get a test in an MX-5 race car

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I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say it has never been easier to get into motorsport. A plethora of grassroots endurance racing series have sprung up in recent years, making wheel-to-wheel racing cheaper than it has been in decades. However, even this route isn’t exactly cheap; in addition to your safety gear you’ll still need to either build a car to the rules or rent a seat in one. For those without the mechanical skills, space, or budget to build their own race car, there are still other options: video games. After all, unlike most other games, a good racing game teaches you skills that do translate well to the real thing.
Arguably, it all started in 2008 with the first Nissan Playstation GT Academy, which used Gran Turismo to find new racing talent. GT Academy proved the concept, and, as racing games have improved, more and more motorsports programs have started taking the idea seriously. Perhaps the best example is McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer competition, the winner of which got a contract as the Formula 1 team’s latest simulator test driver.
Mazda is the latest company to give it a go; the winner of its new Hot Lap Challenge will get a test next spring in the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car. There are two ways to win. Starting on Friday (April 13) at the Long Beach Grand Prix in California, Mazda is holding seven “at-track” qualifying rounds, bringing two simulators running iRacing to each race for that purpose. Whoever sets the fastest overall lap across those seven weekends wins a trip to the 2019 Rolex 24 at Daytona and becomes a finalist for the race car test.
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