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November 22, 2017 / 0
The 2017 season for Tyler Kicera may not have been the championship winning season of 2016, but after sweeping the VIR Hoosier Super Tour event against a stout 50+ car who's who Spec Miata field, earning a total of seven national Spec Miata wins, and nearly winning in his Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup debut, you could say his season was still a success. Most significantly, Mazda noticed and nominated Kicera to as one of the at-large competitors in the 2017 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. The initial field of 19 competitors was narrowed down to just four including Kicera.
Quoting Mazda's press release on the announcement:
"Winning a club racing championship with Mazda power is the primary entry channel into the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. 19 racers were eligible for the shootout based upon success with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), Teen Mazda Challenge, and iRacing. These racers were then invited to submit a written and video proposal from which the finalists were selected.
The 2017 finalists are:
· John Allen, Canal Winchester, Ohio – iRacing MX-5 Cup Champion. iRacing has proven they are not a game, but a professional race simulation tool. John used iRacing as his training tool before be began Spec Miata racing.
· Tyler Kicera, Manheim, Pennsylvania – 2016 NASA Eastern States Spec Miata Champion. Seven wins from 13 races in 2017 Spec Miata competition. Works as a senior director at Tait Towers, a kinetic architecture firm.
· Preston Pardus, Daytona Beach, Florida - 2017 SCCA Runoffs Spec Miata Champion. Pardus is a second generation racer, son of retired NASCAR racer Dan Pardus. Away from racing, Preston is attending Daytona State College.
· Selin Rollan, Winter Park, Florida - 2017 SCCA and NASA Eastern States Championship Spec Miata Runner-up. 2017 was a busy year for Selin as he also graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BA in Sociology.
John Doonan, director of motorsports, Mazda North American Operations, said, “I joke that I can almost repeat my quote every year as each year we say that this is our strongest class ever, and 2017 is no exception. Mazda continues to be proud to be able to offer this un-matched Mazda Road to 24 opportunity to drivers all across North America. It’s amazing how tough the competition is and that it gets more competitive every year. This year we are at a new venue and are holding the MRTI Shootout immediately afterwards. May the best racers win.”
The on-track portion and final round of the shootout will take place at the Bondurant racing school in Chandler Arizona on December the 8th. Stay tuned on all of Tyler's social media outlets to keep up with him and the shootout. A formal anouncment will be made on December 11th regarding the winner of the 2017 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout