The Spec Miata (SM) class is intended to provide the opportunity to compete in low cost, production-based cars with limited modifications, suitable for racing competition. The rules are intentionally designed to be more open than the Showroom Stock class but more restricted than the Improved Touring or GT class. Spec cars, such as SCCA Spec Miata, NASCAR and increasingly Formula One – take the car out of the equation and it becomes more driver vs. driver. This is the purest form of racing. The idea is to eliminate the race car element and focus on the drivers, their car setup, the competition, and to create an even playing field for everyone. This series shall be fun to watch and participate regardless of their speed. The Mazda Miata has been competing very successfully for over a decade in the US. The Spec Miata is a proven concept and is very marketable. And now it has finally made its debut in Canada. In a combined effort of the Spec Miata Championship Drivers Association (SMCDA) and Atlantic Region Motor Sports (ARMS), this series will take place from May to October on the 2.75km, 11-turn Road Race course at Atlantic Motorsport Park, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia (see link on calendar for track location). The Championship consists of 15 Sprint-type races. As a bonus to this incredible new series, all SM class Miatas are eligible to participate in ARMS 1-hour endurance championship during a typical ARMS race day. This is a separate championship from Spec Miata Championship with no contingency fund or payout from SMCDA.
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Dartmouth, NS ( September 21, 2015) – On behalf of the Spec Miata Championship Drivers Association we would like to take this time to congratulate Cal Vandaalen (Grand Lake, N.S.) on winning the 2015 Toyo Tires Spec Miata Championship. Cal was pretty much unbeatable all season and he most definitely put together a paramount racing program to make this Championship happen.
The Toyo Tires Spec Miata Championship is a 15 race event series, using Spec prepared Mazda Miata sports cars, hosted by Atlantic Region Motorsports at Atlantic Motorsport Park, Shubenacadie, N.S.
As part of MazdaSpeed and Mazda Canada’s involvement in this Series, Cal now has the opportunity to once again make an application to Mazdaspeed for consideration to be a finalist in the annual Shootout competition in California this Fall. Good Luck Cal! Cal did compete in the Shootout two years ago against stiff competition from across North America.
Congratulations, two-time Toyo Tires Spec Miata Champion, Cal Vandaalen.
Congratulations to Aaron Pettipas, the 2014 Spec Miata Championship Champion! Full season results are now available on the Results Page! Thanks to all the drivers, volunteers and spectators for the 2014 season and we look forward to more great Spec Miata action in 2015! Stay tuned!
2014 represents the 4th year of the Series. Each year our series keeps getting more competitive & exciting as our car count continues to grow. Again, we are looking forward to a larger race car count this year. At the time of writing we are aware of 12 cars in the region, now wouldn’t that be awesome if all competitors made it out for the first weekend!!! We are very excited as our series now has the largest class competing at AMP (for over 2 decades!)
History; This car is one of the very first Spec Miatas ever build. It was originally built in Massachusetts in 2000 by Spec Miata guru & Spec Miata founder, Dave Delgenio. It has won two overall 12-Hour Enduros and countless podiums. It is now on its 3rd SCCA Log Book with over 100 entries. This is a 2nd owner race car and I’ve competed with it in 33 races. There are no noted DNF’s and none by me. I have had countless podiums racing this car including several wins as well as winning the overall 2012 Toyo Tires Spec Miata Championship that took me to the Mazdaspeed Shootout competition in California.
This car was never wrecked but has had its share of battle damage. The only original sheet metal panels are the rear quarter panels. Everything else has been replaced. However the car is very straight and very well balanced. The last couple of years the car has suffered misc. scars from running up front (as ALL winning SM cars have suffered). Therefore the body now requires a little freshening up. When sold, this car will have the necessary bodywork completed and fresh paint. If sold in the next few weeks I will paint it the desired colour of the new owner. Currently it is Smurf Blue. I will also install a complete new set of Spec Miata Championship Series decals if desired by the new owner. It will be 100% race ready when sold, including all fresh fluids. Best lap (in SM trim) at AMP was a low 1:20.
Autoweek has provided great coverage of the recent Mazda Club Racer Shootout which saw local Spec Miata Champion Cal Vandaalen compete against four of the best young drivers in North America for a chance to win a ride in the 2014 Mazda MX5 Cup series!
2013 Spec Miata Championship Drivers Association Champion Cal VanDaalen will join 3 other Canadians amd fifteen other racers in competition for $75,000 and a chance to race in the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup at the Mazda Club Racer Shootout! The final event of the Shootout will take place at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in November!
Click here for the article in Inside Track Magazine and stay tuned for more details! Good luck, Cal!