Langley driver Cherie Storms has been chosen as one of 18 North American semifinalists for the 2013 Mazda Club Racer Shootout.
Representing the Sports Car Club of British Columbia, Storms is one of only three Canadians and the only woman to meet the eligible criteria.
The Shootout is the single largest prize in club racing.
Since 2007 Mazda has annually promoted one talented club racer to the professional ranks.
The $75,000 prize funds a drive in the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Cup.
The criteria for the shootout is to identify the aspiring professional racer who has the best range of skills required to succeed.
These skills include speed, consistency, racecraft, technical feedback, and off-track business and PR skills.
History has shown that a driver will be limited in success if they are lacking in multiple areas.
“With more club racers than any other car company, we wanted to find a suitable way to bridge the gap from club racing to the professional ranks,” noted director of motorsports John Doonan. “Our shootout has become a signature event for Mazda Motorsports. Without exception, every driver who won the shootout proved to be competitive in MX-5 Cup, with several developing solid professional careers.”
Eighteen racers are semifinalists, having met the criteria for 2013.
Each has won a recognized championship over a minimum number of competitors.
The next step is for the racer to submit a business presentation, which will be reviewed and scored by a team of motorsports and marketing professionals.
From those proposals, the finalists will be selected.
The final shootout will be a one-day event at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in November where the racers will be tested on the track for their technical skills.
It is a winner-take-all event with one racer moving up to the Mazda MX-5 Cup for 2014.
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