About NASA Teen Mazda Challenge (TMC)

The NASA Teen Mazda Challenge is a unique program designed specifically for young drivers coming out of karting, entering sports car racing. Drivers between 13 and 20 years old by the time of their regions first race of the season are provided opportunities to help them advance their racing career, such as eligibility to compete in Mazda’s annual MX-5 Cup Shootout, which boasts a grand prize scholarship valued at $110,000 applicable to a season of racing in the professional sports car series Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires®. In addition to this prestigious award, TMC has a number of other generous programs that provide unique benefits to up-and-coming drivers striving to advance their motorsport career. See the Contingencies and Prizes page for additional details.

The Series

TMC is a competition for young drivers set within NASA Regions throughout the United States. This competition takes places within the Spec Miata racing group where young drivers will have the opportunity to battle amongst some of the best Spec Miata competitors around the country. This fantastically competitive environment will provide young drivers with the best opportunity to develop their racing skills. The weekend race schedule includes one to four races set over two days of competition. Each NASA Region schedules five to nine race weekends, which make up a racing season. A typical racing season will include 10 to 18 races where competitors will have the opportunity to gain valuable on-track experience and further develop their race craft skills. Each TMC race scheduled awards TMC competitors championship points that will ultimately decide who becomes each TMC Regional Champion.

Points paid are based solely on the final official Regional Spec Miata results that will include any technical (mechanical) or driving infractions observed by the race and technical directors of the race event that might result in a penalty. At the end of each region’s TMC scheduled season, a champion is named for that region. This champion will then be eligible for a number of generous awards designed to assist each driver with climbing the motorsports ladder.

Schedule

The first race of the season typically begins in your regions after March 1st. Finishing the last race in the region prior to October 13th.

2021 Racing Season Schedule

Subject to Change – Please visit your Region Website for the most up to date information

  • January 30-31, 2021 Arizona Motorsports Park
  • February 13-14, 2021 Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
  • March 13-14, 2021 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
  • April 24-25, 2021 Inde Motorsports Ranch
  • May 8-9, 2021 Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
  • August 14-15, 2021 High Plains Raceway
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • October 23-24, 2021 Arizona Motorsports Park
  • November 13-14, 2021 Bondurant Raceway
  • December 4, 2021 Arizona Motorsports Park
NASA Northern California https://nasanorcal.com/:
  • February 20-21, 2021 Thunderhill Raceway Park
  • March 27-28, 2021 Sonoma Raceway
  • April 24-25, 2021 Thunderhill Raceway Park
  • May 29-30, 2021 Sonoma Raceway
  • June 26-27, 2021 Sonoma Raceway
  • July 31-August 1, 2021 Thunderhill Raceway Park
  • August 28-29, 2021 Sonoma Raceway
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • October 9-10, 2021 Sonoma Raceway
  • November 13-14, 2021 Thunderhill Raceway Park
  • Feb. 13-14, 2021 Willow Springs International Raceway
  • March 20-21, 2021 Auto Club Speedway
  • April 17-18, 2021 Buttonwillow Raceway Park
  • May 21-23, 2021 Willow Springs International Raceway
  • June 12-13, 2021 Auto Club Speedway
  • Sept. 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • Oct. 15-17, 2021 Buttonwillow Raceway Park
  • Nov. 13-14, 2021 Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
  • March 27-28, 2021 National Corvette Museum
  • May 1-2, 2021 World Wide Technology Raceway
  • May 22-23, 2021 Heartland Motorsports Park
  • June 5-6, 2021 Hallet Motor Racing Circuit
  • July 9-11, 2021 Kansas Speedway
  • August 14-15, 2021 High Plains Raceway
  • August 28-29, 2021 Motorsports Park Hastings
  • October 1-3, 2021 Autobahn Country Club
  • October 23-24, 2021 Heartland Motorsports Park
  • January 30-31, 2021 Homestead Speedway
  • February 27-28, 2021 Sebring Raceway
  • April 17-18, 2021 Sebring Raceway
  • May 29-30, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • June 19-20, 2021 Sebring Raceway
  • August 14-15, 2021 Sebring Raceway
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • October 16-17, 2021 Sebring Raceway
  • December 11-12, 2021 Homestead Speedway
  • March 27-28, 2021 National Corvette Museum
  • April 23-25, 2021 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • May 28-30, 2021 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • June 18-20, 2021 Gingerman Raceway
  • July 2-4, 2021 National Corvette Museum
  • July 23-25, 2021 Pittsburgh International Race Complex
  • August 7-8, 2021 Autobahn Country Club
  • August 27-29, 2021 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • October 1-3, 2021 Autobahn Country Club
  • October 22-24, 2021 National Corvette Museum
  • March 19-21, 2021 Virginia International Raceway
  • April 17-18, 2021 Summit Point Raceway
  • May 14-16, 2021 Virginia International Raceway
  • June 26-27, 2021 Summit Point Raceway
  • July 23-25, 2021 Pittsburgh International Race Complex
  • August 14-15, 2021 Virginia International Raceway
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • October 1-3, 2021 Virginia International Raceway

NASA Mid-South https://nasamidsouth.com/

  • February 26-28, 2021 Memphis International Raceway
  • March 27-28, 2021 National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park
  • May 1-2, 2021 World Wide Technology Raceway
  • June 5-6, 2021 NOLA Motorsports Park
  • July 24-25, 2021 Barber Motorsports Park
  • August 27-29, 2021 Nashville Super Speedway
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • October 22-24, 2021 National Corvette Museum Motorsports Park
  • November 12-14, 2021 Memphis International Raceway
NASA Northeast https://nasane.com/
  • March 27-28, 2021 New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • April 23-25, 2021 Watkins Glen International
  • May 21-23, 2021 New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • June 4-6, 2021 New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • July 9-10, 2021 Lime Rock Park
  • August 20-22, 2021 New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • October 8-10, 2021 Watkins Glen International
  • November 5-7, 2021 New Jersey Motorsports Park
  • March 26-28, 2021 Utah Motorsports Campus
  • April 24-25, 2021 Pikes Peak International Raceway
  • May 22-23, 2021 Pueblo Motorsports Park
  • June 19-20, 2021 High Plains Raceway
  • July 10-11, 2021 Pueblo Motorsports Park
  • July 30-August 1, 2021 Utah Motorsports Campus
  • August 14-15, 2021 High Plains Raceway
  • August 28-29, 2021 Motorsports Park Hastings
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • October 2-3, 2021 Highplains Raceway
  • January 15-17, 2021 Roebling Road
  • February 12-14, 2021 Carolina Motorsports Park
  • March 6-7, 2021 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
  • April 9-11, 2021 Roebling Road
  • May 1-2, 2021 Carolina Motorsports Park
  • May 29-30, 2021 Daytona International Speedway
  • June 12-13, 2021 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
  • July 9-11, 2021 Roebling Road
  • September 24-26, 2021 Roebling Road
  • November 5-7, 2021 Carolina Motorsports Park
  • December 4-5, 2021 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
  • January 30-31, 2021 MSR Houston
  • March 6-7, 2021 MSR Cresson
  • April 9-11, 2021 Eagle’s Canyon Raceway
  • June 5-6, 2021 Hallett Motor Racing Circuit
  • July 24-25, 2021 Circuit of The Americas
  • September 16-19, 2021 Daytona International Raceway
  • October 29-31, 2021 Texas Motor Speedway
  • December 3-5, 2021 Eagles Canyon Raceway

To Enter the Teen Mazda Challenge

Drivers must be between 13 and 21 years of age at their region’s first TMC race of the season. Each TMC Driver must sign up to be a NASA member and apply for a NASA Competition License before the start of the season. Once the driver has all his/her competition license, he or she is required to complete the Teen Mazda Challenge program registration form. Part of this registration process includes a parental release form that must be completed by the parent or legal guardian of anyone under the age of 18.

How To Register For the Teen Mazda Challenge Program

1). Create a NASA Account and purchase a NASA Membership

2). Apply for your NASA Competition License*

3.) Complete the Teen Mazda Challenge Program Registration Form

Links and Resources

*Note that Regional Directors may require drivers to attend 1 or more HPDE weekends prior to being issued a NASA Competition License.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at https://community.drivenasa.com/support/

To Race

A legal, approved, NASA-tech-inspected Spec Miata or Spec MX-5 racecar is required. Please read the current NASA competition rules regarding the Spec Miata race class found on the Forms and Rules page.

Spec Miata race cars can be built from scratch, purchased from existing owners or rented on a race-to-race or season-long basis.

Information about Spec MX-5 race cars and how to purchase or build one can be found on the Spec MX5 website

Teen Mazda Challenge founded in 2012 by Ron Cortez is a place designed to give young drivers a chance to advance from karting into racing Spec Miatas with NASA. The idea behind this unique series is to foster young talent and give them the skills and tools they need to advance in motorsports. Cortez passed away in January 2018, but his legacy lives on in the continuation of this unique program.