Vervantis is delighted to announce the renewal of its sponsorship of the IMSA Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup series for the 2022 season with a stunning new livery for its race car.
After an incredible 2021 season, rookie driver Jenson Altzman finished in the top ten from a series containing over thirty drivers and cars. The partnership between Jenson and his race team McCumbee McAleer Racing (MMR) could not have been closer as he soaked up their experience with the car and MX-5 Cup series and added his own input as a driver to help with the setup and better understand the technical data relayed from the car.
The series starts in Daytona Beach, FL Jan 26th to 28th before heading to St Petersberg, FL from 24th to 26th February 2022. This season promises to be another thrilling ride for drivers and teams as
Who is Jenson Altzman?
Vervantis President Dan Moat said “I first met Jenson when he was just eleven years old and at that time yet to start karting. Jenson didn’t get his first drive until he was 13, which anyone will tell you is kind of late to start (Seven-time F1 Champion Lewis Hamilton started at 8 years old), however, his progress has been rapid. Jenson who was a front runner on the national karting scene made his debut in IMSA’s Mazda MX-5 Cup championship in 2021. A Phoenix native he had a successful test with MMR Racing late in 2020 and has made light work of the transition to sports car racing, 2021 was the first time he raced a closed-wheel car rather than open-wheel karts, so naturally, Vervantis was keen to support a young local driver on his way up the leader board”.
What Type of MX-5 is Raced?
The MX-5 Cup race cars start as complete MX-5 road cars from the Mazda Hiroshima, Japan factory before being transported to engineering development partner Flis Performance in Daytona Beach, Florida, where they are produced into a race car.
The car is completely disassembled, and the tub is cleaned of seam sealer and sound deadening material, an IMSA, INDYCAR, and SCCA-approved roll cage is TIG welded into the car. The cage contains complete NASCAR-style door bars on both sides of the car (making it the ultimate HPDE driver/instructor car) and is tied together across the firewall through the interior of the dash leaving a neat appearing and fully functional dash. After roll cage completion, the cage and tub of the car are painted in an automotive paint booth.
After cage installation and paint, the MX-5 Cup car is assembled with over 250 race car-specific parts. The parts added to the car provide handling, endurance, safety, and power enhancement specifically designed for the car after hundreds of hours and thousands of miles of both on-track and lab testing by automotive mechanical engineers and professional race car drivers. Component sealing and authentication tracking are done for parity in the various racing series in which the car competes.
If you’re new to the MX-5 Cup series you should check it out, races are streamed live by IMSA, but you can catch them all at any time on the Racer Channel