The subsequent weekend of Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires foe will not usually be a jubilee of speed and competition, though it will also respect a life of a loving member of a Mazda Motorsports family.
The twin races during Road America (June 21-22) will be patrician a Alana Long 100 in memory of Alana Long. Alana, who mislaid her conflict with cancer in April, was a mama of a Long family and is survived by her father Glenn and sons Tom and Chris.
Operated by Glenn Long, Long Road Racing has a low and endless story with Mazda Motorsports and serves as a constructor of a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car.
“The tie between Mazda and Long Road Racing is a ideal instance of Mazda’s grassroots family atmosphere entrance to delight in a veteran setting,” pronounced John Doonan, Director of Mazda Motorsports. “The Long family came on to a Mazda Motorsports stage when Tom was competing in a 2005 MAZDASPEED Miata Cup — a veteran Spec Miata championship that was a prototype to a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup. Tom warranted a championship in 2005, and a Long family positioned themselves as a veteran group with a really large family atmosphere. Alana was always a partial of that atmosphere.”
Long Road Racing (LRR) grown into a veteran group by what is now a IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Championship with MX-5s in a ST category. LRR’s mixed podiums and competition wins over a years, as good as heading a assign to a Grand-Am Manufacturers championship for Mazda showed their abilities to develop, engineer, and win with Mazda.
“When it came time to rise and build a ND Mazda Miata MX-5 into a competition automobile and launch a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup, it was an easy choice to use a talents and enlightenment that Long Road Racing showcased,” pronounced Doonan. “Throughout this whole routine and Mazda relationship, Alana was a ‘mom’ of a family…not usually with her boys Glenn, Tom, and Chris, though with all a group members, customers, and a whole paddock. She was always a cheerleader on a approach to victories, and a one who always had an enlivening word when formula did not come.
“That same opinion is pivotal to all that Long Road Racing does and to assisting to build a success of a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup program. It is usually wise that we respect her with a fixing of this competition and, many importantly, applaud a opinion she carried that exemplifies a Spirit of Mazda by and through.”
The Alana Long 100 will take place during Road America as partial of a NTT IndyCar eventuality weekend on Jun 20-22. The weekend will also underline several activations by Alana Long’s favorite charity, Lemons of Love (http://lemonsoflove.org).