Mazda Motorsports Hour Begins This Saturday, April 21st, on Velocity
 April 18, 2012| 
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Beginning this Saturday, on the Velocity Network, race fans and gearheads can enjoy the first of 24 episodes of the best roadracing in America. The Mazda Motorsports Hour will focus on the stars of tomorrow, young up-and-coming racers looking to move up the Mazda Road to Indy and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Ladder. The 24 hour-long broadcasts will focus on three Mazda spec series:

  • The SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup
  • The Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear
  • The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda

Both the Star Mazda and USF2000 Championships are a part of the Mazda Road to Indy. Over 25 percent (25%) of 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series drivers have spent time within a Mazda series as they progressed upward to reach the Indy 500. The action in all three series has been intense at the opening rounds in Florida.

AIRDATE (All times Eastern)   SERIES/VENUE                                                                                   
Saturday, April 21 - 12pm        MX-5 Cup #1: Sebring International Raceway                                     
Saturday, April 28 - 12pm        MX-5 Cup #2: Sebring International Raceway                                                
Saturday, May 5 - 12pm          Star Mazda: Streets of St. Petersburg                                                  

Saturday, May 12 - 12pm        USF2000: Sebring & G.P. of St. Petersburg                             

Sunday, May 20 - 12pm          Star Mazda: Barber Motorsports Park                                                   

Saturday, June 9 - 12pm          MX-5 Cup #3: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca                         

Saturday, June 16 - 12pm        MX-5 Cup #4: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca                         

Saturday, June 23 - 12pm        Star Mazda: Lucas Oil Raceway Park                                                  

Saturday, June 30 - 12pm        USF2000: Lucas Oil Raceway Park                                         

Saturday, July 7 - 12pm           MX-5 Cup #5: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course                                          

Joining TV host Rick Benjamin in the booth will be racers Randy Pobst for the MX 5 Cup, and James Hinchcliffe on Star and USF2000. Todd Lewis will be the pit reporter.

Dates/times subject to change. The final 14 shows will be confirmed closer to the air dates.

To find the Velocity channel, go to and type your zipcode into the channel finder.

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