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 as young as 13 years old 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.


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: TBD

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.